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ISSS-BU News 22 April 2013 ISSS-BU News


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CONTENTS:
1. Do You Need to Extend Your I-20 or DS-2019?
2. Pursuit of Academic Success – This Week’s Topic: Stress Management II Wednesday, April 24
3. The 3rd Annual Euronight, Saturday, April 27
4. Multicultural Resource Center Bookclub Spring Meeting Featuring Mr. Blaine Harden on Friday, April 26
5. Pre-Registration for Fall 2013 Ends May 10
6. International Student Graduation Reception, Friday, May 17
7. U.S. Immigration Requirements If You Are Leaving Binghamton Permanently
8. Are You Male, from the Republic of Korea, and Planning to Enter Military Service?
9. Planning to Travel Outside the United States With a Child?
10. Attention: Graduate Assistants and Teaching Assistants on the State Payroll and Other Students Who Work On-Campus

1. Do You Need to Extend Your I-20 or DS-2019?

Students whose I-20 or DS-2019 will expire in May, but who will continue at Binghamton for Summer 2013 and/or Fall 2013 are reminded that they must complete the required paperwork for an extension before their I-20 or DS-2019 expires! A student whose I-20 ends in May, but who continues to take classes during the 2013 summer session will be out of status, with very serious immigration ramifications unless they apply for an extension of stay in a timely manner. All students with I-20s or DS-2019s with ending dates of May or Summer 2013 were recently sent an e-mail message regarding extension procedures. Do not let the deadline pass!

Information on extension procedures is available in the ISSS, and also at these links:
To extend an I-20 (F-1 visa): http://www2.binghamton.edu/isss/immigration/index.html#two
To extend a DS-2019 (J-1 visa): http://www2.binghamton.edu/isss/immigration/index.html#four

2. Pursuit of Academic Success – This Week’s Topic: Stress Management II Wednesday, April 24

Pursuit of Academic Success is to assist international students in maximizing their academic achievement. Participants of this group will discuss barriers to academic success and learn how they can better address them. This group is open to ALL international students!

Week 9 – Stress Management II

“Only a few more weeks to go!! Am I supposed to feel great? I indeed feel very overwhelmed. I can’t concentrate. I am easily irritated by nothing. I feel heavy and tensed. It’s getting more difficulty to fall asleep.”

Are you feeling and/or thinking this way? If so, please join us to talk more about your stress and learn strategies to manage stress. Good stress management skills are critical for your academic success.

Facilitator: Sangmoon Kim, Ph.D
Wednesday: 2:30- 4:00pm
Location: ISSS Conference Room, Hinman Commons Building, Room 120-B (come to the ISSS Main Office, for directions)

3. The 3rd Annual Euronight, Saturday, April 27

Experience European culture like never before as Binghamton University's very own German Club and International Connection proudly present the 3rd annual Euronight!

Try some Irish soda bread, listen to Explorchestra, or even take a picture with the Eiffel Tower, all courtesy of the European cultural club community on campus.

Where? University Union Room 120, right by Jazzman's in the Tillman Lobby
When? 7:00pm to 10:00pm on Saturday, April 27th
How much? Nothing! The event is free but bring some money for snacks!

For more information, please contact: germanclub@binghamtonsa.org

4. Multicultural Resource Center Bookclub Spring Meeting Featuring Mr. Blaine Harden on Friday, April 26

Mr. Blaine Harden, author of the New York Times Bestseller, Escape from Camp 14, will cover his book which chronicles the life of Shin Dong-Hyuk and his escape from a political prison camp in North Korea to the West. This is a powerful event you don't want to miss! It will be held on Friday, April 26th in Lecture Hall 2 at 7:00pm.

The event is the collaborative efforts of various cultural student groups including THiNK (Tomorrow's Hope in North Korea), KASA (Korean American Student Association), Amnesty International, Pi Delta Psi Fraternity and Asian Outlook.

Limited copies of Mr. Harden's book will be available in paperback for purchase during the book signing immediately to follow for those who are interested.

We look forward to seeing you in attendance!

5. Pre-Registration for Fall 2013 Ends May 10

Fall 2013 Pre-Registration is now underway. For general information on registration times visit: http://registrar.binghamton.edu/registration.htm For your specific registration time for Fall 2013 pre-registration, go to BU Brain and click on “registration status” under the Student tab. Pre-registration closes at 11:59 p.m. Friday, May 10, the last day of spring 2013 classes.

Your Student Account balance for spring 2013 must be paid in full (or you must have made payment arrangements) by the due date listed on your bill notification in order to participate in pre-registration for Fall 2013. To view and pay your balance: Log into BU BRAIN. On the main menu screen, click Student Tools and on Student Tools screen, click Student Accounts where you can view and pay your account balance. Please note: release of financial holds will not occur until the next business day.

The Registrar’s Office has posted the Fall 2013 Schedule of Classes on BU Brain It can be viewed as a grid schedule of classes and as a detailed schedule of classes. The online schedule is the most up to date and accurate source of course information and is the only published version of the Schedule of Classes.

Accessing your schedule: You can view and print your schedule online by logging into the BU BRAIN. Room assignments shown online are the most accurate and up to date, but know that these assignments are subject to change.

Credit limit: The maximum number of credits you may register for are listed by student level and term at http://registrar.binghamton.edu/registration.htm. If you seek to register for more than the stated limit, please follow your school's procedure for petitioning for an overload (see http://bulletin.binghamton.edu).

6. International Student Graduation Reception, Friday, May 17

The 27th annual International Student Graduation Reception is Friday, May 17 at 7:00 pm in the University Union Old Union Hall. Invitations will be sent by e-mail this week. All students completing their programs who plan to attend need to respond by completing the on-line reply card no later than Monday, May 13! Be sure to include any guests who may accompany you by indicating the appropriate number on the response form.

A large number of international students are graduating Binghamton this year, and we look forward to seeing many of you there. Please note that the date is the Friday of commencement weekend. Food and beverages will be served, there will be many photo opportunities, and a certificate of recognition will be given to each student being honored.

Students frequently ask about appropriate dress for the reception. While business suits are not required, consider it a Friday evening out, so feel free to dress up in Western or traditional clothing! The reception should end before 9:00pm, so there will be plenty of time for you to enjoy other evening plans following the reception. Cameras are encouraged, as there will be lots of opportunities for picture taking. This is your evening to celebrate your achievement!

7. U.S. Immigration Requirements If You Are Leaving Binghamton Permanently

ISSS staff are often asked what the immigration requirements are if a student will no longer be continuing at Binghamton, either because the student is returning to his/her home country, or is beginning Practical Training or Academic Training, or because the student is going to begin study at a new school.

Regardless of your plans, retain your old I-20s (or DS-2019s)! These forms represent your immigration history in the U.S. and should be kept in a safe place as you would any important document. In addition, you must complete a departure form, available on the ISSS website at:
http://saffairs.binghamton.edu/isss/webforms/DepartureForm/

The immigration regulatory process for transferring your F-1 status from Binghamton to a new U.S. school requires you to provide proof of admission and complete a SEVIS Release Form with the ISSS so that your federal SEVIS record can be transferred to your new school. The SEVIS Release Form may be obtained in the ISSS or downloaded at: http://www2.binghamton.edu/isss/essential-forms/SEVISRelse.pdf

Also, follow your new school's instructions for obtaining your I-20, and for reporting to that school in a timely fashion.

Students who will be ending their studies in May but have no plans to apply for practical training (F-1), academic training (J-1) or continue at a new school or in a new field or level of study, or seek a change of non-immigrant status must depart the United States within sixty days of completion of their academic program if they are in F-1 status, or within thirty days if they are in J-1 status. The ISSS departure form must also be completed at: http://saffairs.binghamton.edu/isss/webforms/DepartureForm/

8. Are You Male, from the Republic of Korea, and Planning to Enter Military Service?

Many students who are from the Republic of Korea and male make plans to enter the military service for their required obligation some time during their years at Binghamton. If you are entering the Korean military this summer or fall, and will be pausing your studies while you are serving, please complete the ISSS on-line departure form at:
http://saffairs.binghamton.edu/isss/webforms/DepartureForm/ and read the important article at: http://www2.binghamton.edu/isss/publications/korean.html

9. Planning to Travel Outside the United States With a Child?

If you have a child (or children) with you in the United States, and plan to travel abroad with them this Spring or Summer, we recommend that you read an important article on the ISSS web site about travel with children. The article specifically addresses issues when only one parent is traveling with the children. Visit: http://www2.binghamton.edu/isss/travel/parntchild.html

10. Attention: Graduate Assistants and Teaching Assistants on the State Payroll and Other Students Who Work On-Campus

Any graduate assistants or teaching assistants who are completing their studies this semester are reminded that it is critical that they provide the State Payroll Office (2nd floor Couper Administration Building) or the Research Foundation Payroll Office with a permanent home address for the remainder of 2013 to insure that all W-2 forms for income received in 2013 can be mailed to the correct address next January 2014.

In addition, any hourly student workers on the State Payroll or other campus payrolls (such as Sodexho Dining Services) who are completing their studies this semester are also reminded to provide the Payroll Office (2nd floor Couper Administration Building), if you are on the New York State payroll, or the payroll office of any other campus employer with an address for the remainder of 2013, to insure that all W-2 forms for income received in 2013 can be mailed to the correct address next January.

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