ISSS-BU News 17 September 2012 ISSS-BU News
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“Like” Us on Facebook!Editor’s Note: Classes are not in session today and tomorrow, September 17 and 18, due to a religious holiday. However, most university offices are open, including International Student and Scholar Services. OCCT will have bus service, but is running according to their Sunday schedule. Go to this link for further details and to view or print a schedule: http://www.occtransport.org/index.php/schedules
Please note that there is a second holiday next week. Classes will recess after 1:00pm on Tuesday, September 25 and will resume on Thursday, September 27.
- ISSS Reminds Readers of Walk-In Hours for Employment Questions
- ISSS Reminds Readers of Walk-In Hours for International Health Insurance Questions
- Mark Your Calendar! Fall 2012 Job and Internship Fair is Coming September 20
- College Culture Series for Undergraduates
- What To Do In Case of a Fire or Other Emergency
- Last-Semester Students: File Application for Degree
- Diversity Visa Lottery (Green Card Lottery) 2014 Announcement
- Did You Forget to Turn In Your I-94 Card During Your Last Trip Abroad?
- Planning to Visit Canada?
- Counseling? Me?
- International Students and Arrests
The Office of International Student and Scholar Services reminds readers of our Walk-In Hours for Employment questions and applications, every Tuesday from 1:30pm to 3:15pm. Please come to the Office of International Student and Scholar Services to check-in. You will be seen on a first come, first served basis.
During these times, you can:
- Ask a quick question about CPT or OPT (5 minutes or less!)
- Submit a CPT application for review (Is it complete? What’s missing?)
- Ask questions about CPT course registration
- Ask questions about your OPT application
- Get help with choosing an OPT start-date
- Have your OPT application reviewed before mailing it to USCIS
Did You Know? Employment information and all necessary forms are found on our website at the following link: http://www2.binghamton.edu/isss/employment/index.html
Webinars on Curricular Practical Training (CPT) and Optional Practical Training (OPT) are available 24/7 at the following link: http://www2.binghamton.edu/isss/employment/empWebinar.html
The Office of International Student and Scholar Services reminds readers of our Walk-In Hours for International Student Health Insurance questions, every Tuesday from 10:15am–12:00pm. Please come to the Office of International Student and Scholar Services to check-in. You will be seen on a first come, first served basis.
During these times, you can:
- Ask questions about a medical bill
- Ask questions about a collection notice
- Ask questions about how to use your health insurance
- Ask questions about renewing your health insurance
- Ask questions about insurance fee adjustments (you must have already completed the on-line fee adjustment form at http://www2.binghamton.edu/isss/health-insurance/waiverinfo.html)
Did You Know? Information about Health Insurance and filing claims can be found on our website: http://www2.binghamton.edu/isss/health-insurance/index.html
3. Mark Your Calendar! Fall 2012 Job and Internship Fair is Coming September 20
The Fall 2012 Job and Internship Fair, sponsored by the Career Development Center, will be held Thursday, September 20 from 11:00am to 3:30pm in the Events Center.
Employers from a wide range of industries will be on campus to discuss internship and full-time opportunities with students from all academic majors. View a list of registered organizations on the CDC website at Employers from a wide range of industries will be on campus to discuss internship and full-time opportunities with students from all academic majors. View a list of registered organizations on the CDC website at http://binghamton.experience.com/stu/cf_details?fhnd=5594
4. College Culture Series for Undergraduate International Students
The Office of Residential Life is sponsoring a series of workshops for undergraduate international students, especially those who live in the on-campus residence halls.
Thursday, September 20th at 7pm in Mountainview-Windham Hall Great Room
Topic: How to deal with conflict and roommate issues
Discuss ways to handle conflicts as they arise as well as discuss the good and bad of living with a roommate
Monday, September 24th at 7pm in College in the Woods: Mohawk Hall Great Room
Topic: Kitchen Safety, Fire Safety and Healthy Eating
Help students learn about cooking and fire safety and personal health and wellness including how to deal with dilemmas revolving around food, alcohol and drugs and visiting a doctor.
Tuesday, October 2nd at 7pm in College in the Woods: Mohawk Hall
Topic: Public Speaking
Help students adjust and feel more comfortable speaking in group settings.
Tuesday, October 9th at 7pm in Chenango Champlain Collegiate Center (C4) MPR
Topic: Closing Session
Helping students see how all the sessions combine to make them a successful student at BU.
5. What To Do In Case of a Fire or Other Emergency
Do you know what to do in the event of a fire or other emergency, whether at the University or off campus? Binghamton University’s office of Environmental Health and Safety has published a helpful brochure, which you can read and print here:
6. Last-Semester Students: File Application for Degree
Is this your last semester? Let Binghamton University know that you’re ready to graduate! You must file an Application for Degree (AFD - Undergraduates) or a Graduate Application for Degree (GAFD – Graduate students) in order to graduate and receive your diploma (after successfully completing all of your requirements, of course). The AFD/GAFD is a required form that notifies the University of a student's intent to fulfill his/her degree requirements at the end of the current semester. Go to the BU BRAIN and find the Fall 2012 Application for Degree on the "Student" tab. The form is also available at
Recommended filing deadline for the GAFD for graduate students is September 28, 2012. The required filing deadline for the AFD for undergraduate students is November 2, 2012.
If you are unable to access the AFD or GAFD once you have logged into BU BRAIN, contact the Degree Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org
For more about the AFD/GAFD and graduation, go to:
http://www2.binghamton.edu/commencement/fall/students/graduation-checklist.html The page also contains a handy checklist (PDF) which you may print and save for easy reference.
7. Diversity Visa Lottery (Green Card Lottery) 2014 Announcement
Online registration for the DV-2014 Program will begin on Tuesday, October 2, 2012 at 12:00 noon, Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) (GMT-4), and conclude on Saturday, November 3, 2012 at 12:00 noon, Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) (GMT-4). Instructions for the DV 2014 Program are not yet available, so you’ll want to check this link for additional information as it becomes available: http://travel.state.gov/visa/immigrants/types/types_1318.html
8. Did You Forget to Turn In Your I-94 Card During Your Last Trip Abroad?
If you returned to your home country with your Form I-94 (white) Departure Record in your passport, rather than have it collected by airport personnel as you boarded your flight, it is possible that your departure was not recorded properly.
If you departed by a commercial air or sea carrier (airlines or cruise ships), your departure from the United States can be independently verified, and it is not necessary to take any further action, although holding on to your outbound (from the United States) boarding pass - if you still have it - can help expedite your re-entry next time you come back to the United States.
If you departed by land, private vessel or private plane, you will need to take steps to correct the record. If you do not validate your timely departure from the United States, or, if you cannot reasonably prove you departed within the time frame given to you when you entered, the next time you apply for admission to the United States, Customs and Border Protection may conclude you remained in the United States beyond your authorized stay. If this happens, your visa may be subject to cancellation or you may be returned immediately to your foreign point of origin.
The US Department of Customs and Border Protection provides specific information for mailing the I-94 card back to the U.S. for processing if you departed the US by land, private vessel, or private plane. They also provide instructions for a participant in the Visa Waiver program for tourists who returned home with their (green) Form I-94W card. We have taken that information and placed it on our website, in the “Publications” section, for convenient viewing. The article may be viewed at: http://www2.binghamton.edu/isss/publications/forgoturI94.html
9. Planning To Visit Canada?
The Fall can be a popular time for students to take a trip to Canada.
Please visit the following link for information on Canadian Entry Visa Requirements:
The Office of International Student and Scholar Services has printed information regarding the Canadian Entry Visa Application instructions.
Canada does not require visitors from all countries to obtain entry visas (called temporary resident visas), but there is a lengthy list of countries whose citizens will first need to obtain visas before they can enter Canada. You can view that list here: http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/visit/visas.asp. In New York State, Canadian entry visas are issued at the Canadian consulate in New York City. The Canadian Consulate in Buffalo, New York has closed.
Students in F or J status who need to apply for entry visas are required by Canadian Immigration to obtain a letter of certification signed by the Office of International Student and Scholar Services. In addition, the travel signature on page 3 of the I-20 (page 1 of the DS-2019) must be less than one year old. Students will need to visit the ISSS to have the signatures on their forms updated. Letters of certification may be requested from the ISSS by visiting or by filling out an on line form at: http://saffairs.binghamton.edu/isss/webforms/LOC/
It currently takes at least thirty days to obtain a Canadian entry visa. So, come to the ISSS well in advance of your trip.
10. Counseling? Me?
Why would someone go to the University Counseling Center? For stress management, relationship issues, concerns about roommates, study worries, mental health counseling, how to help a friend with an eating disorder, lack of concentration, anger management, learning how to be assertive, because they’ve suffered a trauma like the loss of a loved one or having been sexually assaulted. For a more detailed list and the qualifications of the counselors, check out our website: http://www2.binghamton.edu/counseling/
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/
11. International Students and Arrests
Although it is not a pleasant subject, there are a few situations where an international student might be arrested in the United States and charged with a crime. Common misdemeanor or felony arrests can include theft, drunk driving, shoplifting (stealing goods from a store without paying for them) and drug possession (with or without intent to sell).
The ISSS has published an article on its website that discusses the consequences such arrests can create with a student’s U.S. immigration status, even if the charges themselves are dismissed or reduced. The article may be viewed at: http://www2.binghamton.edu/isss/publications/instuarrest.html
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