ISSS-BU News 01 April 2013 ISSS-BU News


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Editor’s Note: Binghamton University is now on Spring Break. Classes resume on Tuesday, April 2.

CONTENTS:
1. OCC Transport Spring Break Updates
2. H-1B Employment Petitions May Be Filed Today, April 1
3. International Coffee Hour This Friday, April 5
4. Pre-Registration for Fall 2013 Begins April 5
5. Important Workshop on Post-Graduation Employment Issues Wednesday, April 10
6. The Deadline for Filing Federal and State Income Tax Forms is Monday, April 15!
7. Income Tax Information: How to Apply for an Extension If You Need More Time to File Your Income Tax Forms

1. OCC Transport Spring Break Updates

OCC Transport resumes service on Tuesday, April 2, with all regularly scheduled runs. During the spring break, there will only be service to the ITC. Shuttles will run on the current 20-minute schedule beginning with the 8 a.m. shuttle and ending with the last shuttle leaving the Mohawk Bus Shelter at 5:40 p.m.

2. H-1B Employment Petitions May Be Filed Today, April 1

U.S. employers interested in sponsoring a foreign national for an H-1B visa that is subject to the “cap count” may begin filing applications as of today, April 1, for a start date of October 1, 2013, the first day of the U.S. government’s federal fiscal year. US Citizenship and Immigration Services will maintain a H-1B “cap count” at this link:
http://www.uscis.gov/h-1b_count

For more information on post graduation employment you can visit the ISSS website: http://www2.binghamton.edu/isss-new/employment/pgemploy.html

3. International Coffee Hour This Friday, April 5

Join us Friday, April 5 in Old Union Hall at 3:30pm for International Coffee Hour! This month sponsors are the Career Development Center and International Student & Scholar Services Office.

The Coffee Hour strives to be a space where the entire Binghamton University community, including international students, U.S. students, faculty/staff, and community members are welcome. The coffee hours are informal and provide an opportunity to meet and learn more about each other in a relaxed atmosphere. Enjoy both hot and cold beverages with a variety of snacks provided by different sponsoring departments on campus each month

4. Pre-Registration for Fall 2013 Begins April 5

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.

Fall 2013 Pre-Registration will begin April 5 for Graduate students and April 8 for Undergraduate students. 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

Students with outstanding financial obligations and students who haven't complied with health requirements to the Health Service office will be blocked from registering. Students can also view their account balances and pay any outstanding debts through BU Brain.

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).

5. Important Workshop on Post-Graduation Employment Issues Wednesday, April 10

What may be the most important immigration workshop offered this year will be held Wednesday, April 10, 2013 at 5:30pm in Academic A, Ground Floor, Room G08. Will you be seeking employment in the United States after graduation? Do you have questions regarding H-1B visas, labor certification, PERM and employment-based permanent residency? Are you confused about the H-1B “cap” and the “cap gap?” How long are H-1B visa numbers likely to last, and what is the earliest date for submitting an H-1B petition with an October 1, 2013 start date? What about those 20,000 extra H-1B visa slots for those with U.S. master’s degrees or higher? What is going on with H-1B placement agencies, the deemed export attestation requirements, and are there any issues if you travel into the United States with a new H-1B visa? You do not want to miss this workshop!

Learn about your options under U.S. immigration law from special guest and featured speaker, immigration attorney Hilary Fraser from the law firm of Miller Mayer LLP in Ithaca, New York. This workshop is sponsored by the Office of International Student and Scholar Services.

6. The Deadline for Filing Federal and State Income Tax Forms is Monday, April 15!

Do you need to know how to properly assemble and mail your federal and New York State income tax forms? Go to: http://www2.binghamton.edu/isss-new/taxes/taxaddress.html

7. Income Tax Information: How to Apply for an Extension If You Need More Time to File Your Income Tax Forms

All individuals in F or J status, including F and J dependents, who were in the United States during any part of 2012 must file federal income tax forms, even if they did not have any U.S. earned income!

The deadline for filing income tax forms is Tuesday, April 15, 2013. If you will not be able to file your tax paperwork by the April 15th deadline (either because you weren't able to complete all the paperwork OR because you are lacking important required forms, such as form W-2 or 1042-S) then you must file paperwork to formally request an extension.

Detailed information on how to request an extension can be found on our website at: http://www2.binghamton.edu/isss-new/taxes/taxexten.html

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