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ISSS-BU News 24 September 2012 ISSS-BU News


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Editor’s Note: Classes recess at 1:00pm on Tuesday, September 25 for a religious holiday and will resume on Thursday September 27. The ISSS and most University offices remain open for regular hours during this time period.

CONTENTS:
1. Employment Walk-in Hours are Changing!
2. International Student Grant-in-Aid Now Accepting Applications
3. Upcoming Career Development Center Events
4. International Health Insurance Brochures Available in the ISSS and On-Line
5. Diversity Visa (“Green Card Lottery” 2014 Program-Online Registration Begins October 2
6. Undocumented Upstate NY Youth Can Apply for Immigration Benefits at September 29 Workshop
7. Your Safety: What To Do When You Hear a Fire Alarm
8. Prevent Identity Theft: Keep Your Social Security Card Safe

1. Employment Walk-in Hours are Changing!

Walk-In Hours for Employment questions and applications are changing! Beginning the week of October 1, the new day for Employment walk-in appointments will be every Wednesday 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.

This Tuesday, September 25 will be the final Tuesday walk-in day for employment appointments.

If your question is complicated and requires more than 5 minutes to answer, then you will want to make an appointment with a member of the ISSS Employment Team by visiting or calling the ISSS office at (607) 777-2510. Can’t get to the ISSS for an appointment? Send your questions via email to: intl.work@binghamton.edu

2. International Student Grant-In-Aid Now Accepting Applications

Each semester, awards of up to $500 are made to a small number of international students who have a severe financial need. To be eligible, students must be in F-1 or J-1 status, have been in attendance at Binghamton University at least one year (began their studies at Binghamton University in Fall 2011 or earlier), document need, have no outstanding obligations to the university, and be full-time students in good standing.

Some students may find themselves in financial difficulty through no fault of their own. Examples can include reduced support from a sponsor, or unanticipated expenses. Applicants are strongly advised to carefully document their financial situation when submitting the application form, as there are always more students seeking assistance than there are funds.

Students with outstanding balances in their student account with the University should note that based on BU policy, any scholarship award will first be applied towards the balance on their student bill.

Applications are available now in the Office of International Student and Scholar Services and must be submitted no later than Wednesday, October 3, 2012.

3. Upcoming Career Development Center Events

Graduate School Fair
Tuesday, October 2
11:00 AM-2:30 PM
University Union, Mandela Room
Representatives from over 140 graduate and professional schools will speak with students about their programs. View a list of participating schools here

Law Day
Co-sponsored by Pre-Law Advising
Wednesday, October 3
11:30 AM-2:30 PM
University Union, Mandela Room
Representatives from law schools from across the country will be available to speak with interested students. View the complete list of registered institutions here.

4. International Health Insurance Brochures Available in the ISSS and On-Line

The 2012-13 description of the International Health Insurance Policy is available in the ISSS as a brochure and also on line at this link:

http://www2.binghamton.edu/isss/health-insurance/BUPartBroc.pdf

The start date for this year’s policy was August 15, 2012. All eligible international students are insured under this plan. If you have questions about your health insurance, please contact the International Health Insurance Team at intl.insure@binghamton.edu

5.Diversity Visa (“Green Card Lottery” 2014 Program-Online Registration Begins October 2

The U.S. State Department has published its announcement of the 2014 Diversity Visa Lottery. The Diversity Visa lottery (DV) is a program mandated under Section 203 (c) of the Immigration Act of 1990. The legislation makes available up to 50,000 permanent resident immigrant visas (“green cards”) by random selection through an annual diversity visa lottery. To view the official announcement, click here

.Natives of the following countries are not eligible to apply for the Diversity Visa Lottery because the countries sent a total of more than 50,000 immigrants to the United States in the previous five years: BANGLADESH, BRAZIL, CANADA, CHINA (mainland-born), COLOMBIA, DOMINICAN REPUBLIC, ECUADOR, EL SALVADOR, HAITI, INDIA, JAMAICA, MEXICO, PAKISTAN, PERU, PHILIPPINES, SOUTH KOREA, UNITED KINGDOM (except Northern Ireland) and its dependent territories, and VIETNAM.

Persons born in Hong Kong SAR, Macau SAR, and Taiwan are eligible.

Changes in eligibility this year: For DV-2014, natives of Guatemala are now eligible for selection.

Entries for the DV-2014 DV lottery must be submitted electronically between noon, Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) (GMT-4), Tuesday, October 2, 2012, and noon, Eastern Standard Time (EST) (GMT-5), Saturday, November 3, 2012. Applicants may access the electronic DV Entry Form (E-DV) at http://www.dvlottery.state.gov during the registration period. Paper entries will not be accepted. Applicants are strongly encouraged not to wait until the last week of the registration period to enter. Heavy demand may result in website delays. No entries will be accepted after noon, EST, on November 3, 2012.

There are no costs or fees to register for the DV program. Persons submitting entries to the 2014 lottery will see a confirmation screen at the end of the successful submission, containing your name and a unique confirmation number. You must print this confirmation screen for your records using the print function of your web browser and ensure that you retain your confirmation number. Starting May 1, 2013, you will be able to check the status of your DV2014 entry by returning to http://www.dvlottery.state.gov Entrant Status Check and entering your unique confirmation number and personal information. Entrant Status Check will be the only means of informing you of your selection for DV-2014. Therefore, it is essential that you retain your confirmation number. The U.S. Department of State is unable to provide your entry confirmation number if it is lost.

Individual digital photographs of the DV applicant and his/her spouse and all children under 21 years of age must be submitted with the electronic application. The image file can be produced either by taking a digital photograph or by scanning a photographic print with a digital scanner.
If an applicant does not have access to the internet, a third party can submit the application and electronic photograph on the applicant's behalf. However, only ONE application per applicant can be submitted.

There is no fee charged for entering the Diversity Visa Lottery. The Department of State does not endorse, recommend or sponsor any information or material from outside entities. The Department is aware that websites and email have masqueraded as official Diversity Visa Lottery facilitators. Registration for the Diversity Visa Lottery through the official, U.S. government website, www.dvlottery.state.gov is free of charge and notification of winning entries are posted on the Entrant Status Check at the U.S. government website beginning May 1, 2013.

ISSS-BU News subscribers are urged only to consult official U.S. government sources for information on the Diversity Visa Lottery. The lottery is a random drawing. Be suspicious of any organization that offers to increase your chances of being selected for the lottery if you pay them a fee. They are promising something that is false. Also, there is no charge to enter the visa lottery, unless you are required to pay a third party to submit the application on your behalf.

U.S. State Department’s Official Instructions in English (16 page file) are available at:
http://travel.state.gov/pdf/DV_2014_Instructions.pdf

Instructions in other languages are available at:
http://travel.state.gov/visa/immigrants/types/types_1318.html

The State Department is very concerned about website fraud in relation to the Diversity Visa Lottery. Visit this web page for warnings about fraud and scammers:
http://travel.state.gov/visa/immigrants/types/types_1322.html#fraud The following information is related to the current year’s program DV-2013, but it is still relevant. To read their warning, visit the following link: http://travel.state.gov/visa/immigrants/types/types_1749.html

6. Undocumented Upstate NY Youth Can Apply for Immigration Benefits at September 29 Workshop

Recently, a new U.S. law was passed that for a limited amount of time, those foreign nationals who do not have a legal status in the United States and who meet certain criteria can apply for deferred action (a delay of any removal or deportation proceeding and a work authorization card. Such persons are usually known as undocumented.

Cornell Law School is hosting a free workshop for undocumented youth to help them apply for immigration benefits. It will take place Saturday, September 29, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at All Saint’s Church, 347 Ridge Road, Lansing, NY.

Ithaca area attorneys and Cornell law students will help undocumented youth fill out their applications or Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). The workshop will help undocumented immigrants under age 31 apply for immigration benefits, which will allow them to work, go to school and get a driver’s license.

Eligible young people include:
· Those who were under the age of 31 on June 15, 2012
· Those who came to the U.S. under the age of 16
· Those who have lived in the U.S. from June 15, 2007 until now
· Those who are in school or graduated from high school or obtained a GED certificate.

Pre-registration is strongly recommended. To pre-register or get more information, call (607) 255-4196 or email sjt29@cornell.edu

7. Your Safety: What To Do When You Hear a Fire Alarm

Binghamton University’s Department of Environmental Health and Safety has prepared a helpful brochure that describes what to do when a fire alarm sounds, or if there is some other emergency.
http://www2.binghamton.edu/ehs/fire-prevention/firedocument/evacuation%20procedures1.pdf
We hope you find it helpful.

8. Prevent Identity Theft: Keep Your Social Security Card Safe

Many new international students who are currently employed have received their Social Security Card. Please be sure to follow these important steps:

Go to the Student Records Office: Bring your Social Security Card to the Student Records Office (Student Wing Room 119) and fill out a “Change of Social Security Number” form. Be sure to have your passport with you.


Go to Your Payroll Office: If you are employed on campus, you are required by US law to report your new Social Security Number to the appropriate payroll office. Graduate and Teaching Assistants (GAs and TAs) should go to the Payroll Office, located in the Administration Building Room 240 (Tel: 607-777-6284). Research Assistants (RAs) should go to Room 1214, located in the Innovative Technology Center on Murray Hill Road. (Tel: 607-777-4264). To keep their employment Sodexho employees must report their SSN to the Sodexho HR office. Your Social Security Number is required for income tax reporting purposes.


Go to Your Bank: If you have opened a bank account, whether locally or elsewhere in the United States, report your new Social Security Number to your bank. This is required by law.


Keep your Social Security Card in a safe place. Do not carry it in your wallet or purse. If stolen, an unscrupulous individual might use your Social Security Number to open up credit card accounts in your name and make purchases that could be charged to you. This is called “identity theft.”


∙ To learn more about your Social Security Card, visit the following web site:
http://www.ssa.gov/pubs/10064.html

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