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ISSS-BU News 08 October 2012 ISSS-BU News


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Editor’s Note: Today is Columbus Day in the United States. Banks and post offices are closed, as are schools for grades kindergarten through 12. However classes at Binghamton University are in session, and many university offices, including the ISSS, are open.

 

CONTENTS:
1. Binghamton University Ranked Number 3 for “International Love”
2. Remember to Download and Print Your International Health Insurance ID Card
3. Dropping Courses and Immigration Implications
4. DISCO International invites you to the world's largest job fair for Japanese-English bilingual students October 19-21, 2012
5. Are You Working On-Campus on the State Payroll? Check Your Address for Accuracy!
6. Graduating in Fall 2012 or Spring 2013! -- Read This!
7. Safe Dating

 

1. Binghamton University Ranked Number 3 for “International Love”

UNIGO is a U.S. college and university ratings website. Recently, they posted their ratings for the top ten U.S. schools for “international love,” that is, those that offer the best programs, services, and environment for international students. Binghamton is ranked number 3, scoring higher than such highly prestigious schools as Harvard and Princeton!

To see the ratings, go to this link: http://www.unigo.com/Featured/UnigoCollegeRankings.aspx Scroll down to International Love and click on it, and it should take you to the Number 10 school in that ranking, which is Emory University. Then press the arrow icon to see the rest of the top 10. You’ll find Binghamton at # 3

2. Remember to Download and Print Your International Health Insurance ID Card

All registered international students at Binghamton University are automatically enrolled for the SUNY International Student Health and Accident Insurance policy at the start of each semester, unless you are a graduate student receiving health insurance as an employee benefit. For the Fall 2012 semester, your insurance coverage began 15 August 2012. The cost of the SUNY International Student Health and Accident Insurance is included in your tuition bill.

Information on how to retrieve your health insurance ID card is sent to you as an email message to your Binghamton.edu email address by the Health Insurance Company, HTHWorldwide.com The e-mail provides instructions on how to go to the http://hthstudents.com website to download your health insurance ID e-card. Those emails have now been sent, with the subject “SUNY-Your Health Insurance ID Card” from HTHWorldwide.com

When reviewing the e-mail, please make sure that you read the instructions carefully and download your health insurance ID e-card. Once you print the insurance ID e-card you will want keep this ID card in your wallet.

For further information, please visit the “Health Insurance section of the ISSS webpage, http://www2.binghamton.edu/isss/health-insurance/index.html Review How to Use Your International Student Health Insurance. If you need to locate a doctor or health care facility, review Finding a Participating Doctor or Hospital.

If you have questions about your health insurance coverage, or about a billing for services you receive from a doctor’s office or hospital, request an appointment with Terry Creeden, the International Health Insurance Coordinator by calling the ISSS office for an appointment, 607-777-2510. Terry and Lorraine Medionte, the International Health Insurance Assistant, also have walk in hours every Tuesday from 10:15am until 12 noon. You may e-mail Terry and Lorraine at intl.insure@binghamton.edu

3. Dropping Courses and Immigration Implications

The last day to withdraw from a course for the Fall 2012 semester is Friday, November 2. Withdrawing from a course means that a grade of “W” will be entered on your transcript.

However, withdrawing from a class may have immigration consequences if the course is needed for you to be considered a full time student. ISSS reminds all international students in F-1 and J-1 status that U.S. federal regulations require that they be registered for a full-time course load as determined by their academic level and program.

What constitutes a full-time course load varies according to academic level.

Academic Level              

Minimum Full Time Course Load:


Exchange Students

12 credits per semester


Undergraduates     

12 credits per semester


Graduate Master's: completion of less than 24 credits in your program (Class G1)

12 credits per semester


Graduate Master's: Completion of 24 credits or over in your program (Class G2)

9 credits per semester


Graduate Master’s students who are course completed and need only project or thesis to complete program

1 credit or more per semester, plus additional credits added by The Graduate School for full-time certification at 9 credits


Graduate PhD students: Master’s done and have begun doctorate (Class G3)

9 credits per semester


Graduate PhD students: Course completed or advanced to candidacy and engaged in pre-dissertation or dissertation research (Class G4)

1 credit or more per semester, plus additional credits added by The Graduate School for full-time certification at 9 credits

 

Special Note for Graduate Students: Graduate students (both master's and PhD) who are course-completed and register for thesis, project, pre-dissertation, dissertation or other course rubrics that are eligible to be certified as full time even though the number of credits will be below the normal full-time course load do not need special permission from the ISSS for a reduced course load. Instead, such students 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) will be added by the student’s department to bring the student to 9 credits.


There are some very limited exceptions to the full-time course requirement, including being in your final semester prior to graduation, having a medical condition, or having academic difficulty due to documented English language difficulty or course placement problems. Under Federal SEVIS regulations, these exceptions require prior approval from the ISSS before you can withdraw from the course. For complete information, stop by the ISSS to obtain a handout on “Permissible Reasons Under F-1 Regulations to Register for Less Than a Full Time Course Load,” or view the handout on the ISSS website at:

http://www2.binghamton.edu/isss/immigration/lesscourse.html

The most common violation of F and J status is failure to sustain a full-time course load through the end of the semester. A few students drop below the minimum number of credits needed to be full-time without prior permission, a smaller number of students withdraw from all courses late in the semester.

These same students may return to full course loads the following semester. However, they are all in violation of F-1 and J-1 status rules, because returning to a full-time course load does not "fix" the problem of having been less than full-time the previous semester.

The penalty for a status violation, like the ones described above, is loss of all F-1 benefits, including the right to be employed on or off campus. To restore benefits and return to legal status, the student must pay a $290 fee and apply for reinstatement with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. This application is processed through the office of International Student and Scholar Services.

Obviously, a status violation is a very serious matter. Avoid violating the terms of your status, and come to the ISSS whenever you have a question or a concern regarding F-1 or J-1 issues, including the full-time course rule.

4. DISCO International invites you to the world's largest job fair for Japanese-English bilingual students October 19-21, 2012

The 26th annual BOSTON CAREER FORUM for Japanese-English bilingual students will be held Friday, October 19 through Sunday October 21, 2012 at the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center (BCEC) http://www.careerforum.net/event/bos/index.asp?lang=E

Boston Career Forum is for anyone who is Japanese-English bilingual (must posses at minimum a conversational level or higher in both Japanese and English in order to register) and

- looking for a full-time or internship position

- interested in working for one of the 188 companies expected to participate such as:

Adidas Japan K.K. / Amazon Japan / Bank Of Tokyo-Mitsubishi Ufj / Bloomberg L.P. / Deloitte Tohmatsu Consulting / Expedia, Inc. / Goldman Sachs / Google Japan Inc. / Hitachi / J.P. Morgan / Mckinsey & Company, Inc., Japan / Microsoft Co., Ltd. / Panasonic / Softbank Group / Sony Computer Entertainment Inc., The Boston Consulting Group..and more!

For a complete company list go to:

http://www.careerforum.net/event/bos/comlist.asp?lang=E

Unlike typical job fairs, companies will be holding interviews at their booth and interview rooms during the Boston Career Forum and some may give out offers by the end of the three day event.

There is no fee to register and/or attend the Boston Career Forum.

For online registration and more info regarding the above, please go to:

http://www.careerforum.net/event/bos/index.asp?lang=E

(please click on the video tour to see the event itself)

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact CareerForum.Net at cfn@careerforum.net .

5. Are You Working On-Campus on the State Payroll? Check Your Address for Accuracy!

Annual W-2 statement of earnings forms will be mailed directly to faculty, staff and student home addresses in January, 2013. In order to be sure the mailing is successful, the Office of Human Resources needs to confirm that home addresses are correct in their systems. All faculty, staff and students should check the address as recorded on their paycheck to be sure it is accurate as of the check of 10/10/2012. If you need to make any changes, please report this to the department or office that employs you and they will submit the necessary Oracle personal data change form to assure the change is made to your record to allow for the timely arrival of your W-2 form. This form is an essential document needed to complete your income tax forms.

6. Graduating in Fall 2012 or Spring 2013! -- Read This!

Undergraduate students who plan to graduate in Fall 2012 or Spring 2013, be sure that you have received an e-mail from the Commencement Office to your binghamton.edu account with the subject: “Welcome to the Senior Listserv.” If you did not receive the e-mail, you are not on the list. To join, send an e-mail to commence@binghamton.edu with the subject: “Join Senior Listserv” and provide your preferred e-mail address. It is important to stay on top of dates and deadlines!

7. Safe Dating

Healthy relationships are built upon a foundation of mutual respect, trust, and support. If you think that you or someone you know might be involved in an unhealthy relationship, the University Counseling Center can help.

The University Counseling Center is located on the first floor of the Bartle Library Lobby, Room LN Room 1202. Telephone: 607-777-2772. http://www2.binghamton.edu/counseling/

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