ISSS-BU News 31 December 2012 ISSS-BU News
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Editor’s Note: Happy New Year to all our readers! Best wishes for a peaceful, healthy and productive 2013. The Office of International Student and Scholar Services is till on holiday curtailment until Wednesday, January 2. The ISSS has special operating hours from Wednesday, January 2 – January 18, 2013: weekdays from 9:30am to 3:45pm except for Wednesdays, when we are open from 11:30am to 3:45pm. The ISSS will resume its academic year office hours on Tuesday, January 22, 2013 (Monday, January 21 is a U.S. federal holiday).
CONTENTS:1. Are You Assisting New Spring 2013 Students?
2. Course Registration for Spring 2013
3. Important SEVIS Registration Information for International Students
4. Campus Recreation Services invites you to enjoy their facilities free of charge from January 2 to 23!
5. Information on U.S. Visitor’s Visas for Family Members and Friends From Abroad
6. Income Tax Information: Statement of Interest Earnings From Your Bank, Form 1099-INT
New students are beginning to arrive to begin their studies for the Spring 2013 semester. If you are assisting a new student, be sure to bring them to the Office of International Student and Scholar Services so that ISSS distribute its new student early arrival information. ISSS business hours through Friday, January 18 are 9:30am to 3:45pm weekdays except Wednesdays, when hours are 11:30am to 3:45pm. The ISSS returns to regular academic year office hours beginning Tuesday, January 22.
Orientation activities begin Wednesday, January 23, and orientation packets will be distributed during orientation check-in, Wednesday January 23 from 7:00am to 9:00am in University Union Old Union Hall.
The full orientation schedule and registration information will be posted soon. Once it is available, it may be viewed at the ISSS website by going to the homepage and clicking on the appropriate link.
The University’s registration system on BU Brain http://bubrain.binghamton.edu will be turned on for Spring 2013 course registration beginning Thursday, January 24, 2013 for new and continuing undergraduate students. Graduate students will be able to access BU Brain for course registration beginning January 23, 2012. The system will be available seven days a week until the evening of the course withdrawal deadline, which is April 5, 2013. Course adds will be accepted until the deadline of Friday, February 8. The system will accept course drops and deletes until the course drop deadline, Friday, February 8. After that date, the system will allow for course withdrawals until the course withdrawal deadline of April 5. Please note that students who drop courses during the course withdrawal period will receive a grade of W.
Schedule of Classes
The Schedule of Classes for Spring 2013 is available online at http://bubrain.binghamton.edu
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.
Students with outstanding debts to the University, and students who have not complied with University Health Service requirements will be blocked from registering. Students can also view their account balances and pay any outstanding debts through BU Brain, http://bubrain.binghamton.edu
Registration Start Times and Classroom Assignments
Students are assigned starting times for spring registration according to their total cumulative credits, not including advance registration credits. Students can check their total cumulative credits by going to BU Brain http://bubrain.binghamton.edu
You can view and print your schedule from BU Brain at any time. Student schedules will not be mailed. Please look online for your classroom assignments.
* Classroom assignments are subject to change. Assignments on BU Brain are the most
accurate and up to date.
Registration start times are available at: http://registrar.binghamton.edu/registration.htm
Students in F or J status are reminded that in order for them to be in compliance with SEVIS requirements, they must register promptly for the Spring 2013 semester. The last day to add classes for Spring 2013 is February 8, 2013. No later than February 21, 2013, the University is required to notify the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) via SEVIS of any new Binghamton student who entered the United States on a Binghamton I-20 or DS-2019 but has not yet registered. No later than February 26, 2013, the University is required to notify the DHS of any continuing Binghamton student who was registered for Fall 2012 but who has not registered for Spring 2013 (and did not graduate, withdraw, take a leave of absence, or transfer to a new U.S. school).
- Special Note for Graduate Students: Graduate students who have completed coursework and have advanced to thesis, project, candidacy or dissertation research and are registered for a course that can be certified as full time (most commonly 599, 698 or 699, but selected departments include other course rubrics as well) must visit their academic department and request to have sufficient non-billable certification credits added to their schedule to bring them to nine credits total. This procedure is for students not receiving funding, as well as funded students who are ABD. However, all funded students who are not ABD must be registered full time. A graduate student who can be considered as “full-time” with fewer than 9 credits (such as a student taking thesis or dissertation credit) should still show as 9 credits in BU Brain because additional credits of GRAD 700 (if not funded) or GRAD 701 (if funded and ABD) will be added by the student’s department to bring the student to 9 credits.
From Jan 2-23, 2013 faculty, staff, retirees and students can enjoy FitSpace, group fitness classes, open recreation activities and special programs for free. Throughout the January intercession there will be FREE classes and programs especially designed for adult learners. There will be Spinning, Yoga, Zumba, Piloxing, Turbo Kick, and Bootcamp classes along with many special programs such as Hula for Beginners, Massage, Blood Pressure Screenings, a variety of FitSpace equipment orientations, fitness tips at our Instructor's Corner sessions and opportunities to develop a swim workout with professionals.
All programs are free for current faculty, staff, retirees and students with a valid University ID card. A detailed listing of Rec Center hours and special classes and programs are available online at play.binghamton.edu.
Happy New Year and we hope to see you at the Rec Center in January!
Do you have a family member or friend from abroad who is planning to come to the United States for a visit?
The Office of International Student and Scholar Services prepares letters of invitation for Binghamton University students who wish to invite family members and friends from abroad to visit. These letters can be very useful for visa interviews. You may request a letter of invitation by visiting the ISSS, or by using the web form at:
You will need to know the following information for each person you wish to invite:
Family Name (surname) as it appears on the passport
First Name(s) as it appears on the passport
Date of birth
City and country of birth
Country of citizenship
Relationship to you
A good source of information about U.S. visitor’s visas is the U.S. State Department's travel website. Here is the direct link:
Also, visa information specific to a particular US Embassy or Consulate can be found by consulting that Embassy’s or Consulate’s website. Find the index to all U.S. Embassies world-wide at: http://www.usembassy.gov/
This is part of a weekly series of "Income Tax Information" that appear in ISSS-BU News. To view back issues go to: http://isss-new.binghamton.edu and click on "ISSS-BU News."
Today's income tax article is about the statement of interest earnings (1099-INT) that you may soon receive from your bank.
If you have a checking or savings account in the United States which earns interest, a certificate of deposit (CD) or other cash investments, you may have already received or will soon receive a form from your bank or investment institution called a "1099-INT" which shows the interest or dividends you earned on your savings or investments for the 2012 calendar year. This information is provided to you for tax purposes, and is also reported to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) by your bank or investment institution. It is important to save these interest statements, because in SOME instances, you may be required to report the interest or dividend income on your income tax forms.
Review the form carefully. Was income tax withheld from your interest earnings? If tax was withheld from your bank interest, and you are in F-1 or J-1 student status and have been continuously in F-1 or J-1 status for five years or less (entered the United States as F-1 or J-1 student in 2008 or later), interest may have been withheld in error. To correct this situation for future years, obtain form W-8BEN, fill it out, and give it to your bank or financial institution that issued the 1099-INT. W-8BEN forms with instructions are available in the ISSS. For more information on the W-8BEN, go to the following link on the ISSS website:
International students who have been continuously in F-1 or J-1 status for five years or less (entered the U.S as F-1 or J-1 2008 or later) generally file income tax forms as non-residents, and are usually not required to report interest as earnings, although dividend income MUST be reported.
International students who have been continuously in F-1 or J-1 status for MORE than five years (entered the U.S. as F-1 or J-1 2007 or earlier) generally file income tax forms as residents for tax purposes, and are taxed on all world-wide income, INCLUDING interest earnings. However, residents for tax purposes also have greater benefits under the tax laws, such as larger income deductions, deductions for dependents, etc.
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