ISSS-BU News 08 April 2013 ISSS-BU News

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1. Pre- Registration for Fall 2013 Begins This Week Undergraduates
2. Important Workshop on Post-Graduation Employment Issues Wednesday, April 10
3. Last Minute Instructions for Income Tax Filers
4. Will Your I-20 or DS-2019 Expire Soon?
5. Will the Travel Signature on Your SEVIS I-20 or SEVIS DS-2019 Expire Soon?
6. Would You Like To Find Employers Who Have Hired International Students?
7. Have You Submitted Your Practical Training Application Yet?
8. Replacement ID Cards
9. Togo’s National Holiday
10. Latest News on H-1B Cap Filings
11. Upcoming DISCO Career Fairs For Japanese-English Bilinguals

1. Pre-Registration for Fall 2013 Begins This Week for Undergraduates

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 began April 5 for Graduate students and today, April 8 for Undergraduate students. For general information on registration times visit: 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 If you seek to register for more than the stated limit, please follow your school's procedure for petitioning for an overload (see

2. 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.

3. Last Minute Instructions for Income Tax Filers

Just a helpful reminder-- the deadline for filing federal and state income tax returns is Monday, April 15, 2013. Forms filed after this deadline will still be accepted, but if you owe tax, please be aware that you may be charged an additional penalty.

Non-residents for tax purposes (F and J students and their dependents who have been in the United States for five or fewer years in that status; J scholars who have been in the United States for two or fewer years in that status), are eligible to use GLACIER Tax Prep, a free web-based tax preparation product for filing federal tax forms (New York State Forms may not be filed through the GLACIER system). If you have not yet logged into GLACIER, you may still do so following the instructions at this link:

If you had any New York State–sourced income for 2012, and your total income (from NYS and other states) as reported on your federal tax return was more than $7500, you must also file a New York State tax return. If your income was less than $7500 but New York State tax was withheld and you would like a refund of that tax, you should also file a New York State tax return. For step-by-step guidance on how to complete your New York State income tax return, please refer to our webcasts at the following link:

Need more time to complete your tax filing? You may request up to a six-month extension of your filing deadline, if you complete the appropriate extension form by Monday, April 15, 2013. See the following link for full details:

4. Will Your I-20 or DS-2019 Expire Soon?

Recently, the Office of International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) sent out e-mail messages to all currently registered degree students whose most recent SEVIS I-20 or DS-2019 will expire in May or during the summer. Do not let your I-20 or DS-2019 expire if you will be continuing at Binghamton beyond the form's expiration date! If you have questions, please come to the ISSS or send an email message to

5. Will the Travel Signature on Your SEVIS I-20 or SEVIS DS-2019 Expire Soon?

A large number of international students have SEVIS I-20s or SEVIS DS-2019s that are in need of an updated travel signature. Do you need a new travel signature from the ISSS? Take a look at your most recent I-20 or DS-2019. If you have an I-20, look at page 3. If you have a DS-2019, look at the travel signature in the lower right hand corner of page 1. If the date that the ISSS staff person signed the I-20 or DS-2019 for travel will be more than one year old upon your return to the United States, bring in the I-20 or DS-2019 to the ISSS for an updated signature. If you have a spouse and/or children with a dependent I-20 or DS-2019, the travel signature on that form should be updated as well.

Students already on authorized post-completion Optional Practical Training require a travel signature on page 3 of the I-20 that will be less than six months old upon your return to the United States.

Note: If you have submitted an application to the ISSS for curricular practical training, optional practical training or extension of stay, or plan to do so soon, you will receive an updated SEVIS I-20 with a new signature as part of the CPT, OPT or extension process. Also, if you will be applying for a new U.S. F-1 (or J-1) visa while abroad, a new I-20 (or DS-2019) is required, not just an updated travel signature.

6. Would You Like To Find Employers Who Have Hired International Students?

The International Students and Scholars Office and the Career Development Center are happy to announce a new resource available to students on the ISSS Employment website: A sample listing of employers who have recently hired international students on CPT or OPT.

Please note that the employers on this list may or may not have positions available. Additionally, International students in F-1 or J-1 status must secure the necessary authorization from the International Student and Scholar Services Office before any paid or unpaid internship, externship, or job can begin.

For questions about employment authorization issues, please visit with an employment advisor during ISSS employment walk-in hours on Wednesdays from 1:30 - 3:15. Or, send an email to

For questions about job search strategies, you are encouraged to visit the Career Development Center during Counselor on Call hours (Monday - Tuesday 11:00am - 3:15pm; Wednesday: 12:30-3:15pm, Thursday-Friday: 10:00 - 12:45pm)

7. Have You Submitted Your Practical Training Application Yet?

International students in F-1 status who will be graduating in May 2013 and plan to apply for optional practical training are reminded to file their practical training applications well in advance of the date they would like practical training to begin. Currently, the USCIS Processing Centers are taking approximately twelve weeks to process EAD cards for practical training.

In general, the ISSS recommends that practical training applications be filed at least twelve weeks (three months) in advance of the requested starting date. Your application must be received by the USCIS Lockbox Facility no later than sixty days following your degree completion date, which is May 19, 2013 for Spring 2013 graduates. However, remember that an application filed that late will take an additional 12 weeks to process, and you cannot be employed until you have the Employment Authorization Document in hand. Applications are available in the ISSS. Please allow 7 to 10 days for ISSS processing. Still have questions? Then make an appointment with our employment staff. Or, send your OPT questions to

8. Replacement ID Cards

Lost your BU ID Card? Replacement cards cost $20, which will be assessed to your student account upon receipt of your request. For details on how to request a replacement ID card via e-mail or in person, go to

9. Togo’s National Holiday

In the March 25 edition of ISSS BU-News, we announced the list of countries who celebrate national holidays in April, however Togo was not mentioned.
Togo marks April 27 as its National Holiday

10. Latest News on H-1B Cap Filings

On April 5, 2013, USCIS announced that it has received a sufficient number of H-1B petitions to reach the statutory cap for fiscal year (FY) 2014. USCIS has also received more than 20,000 H-1B petitions filed on behalf of persons exempt from the cap under the advanced degree exemption. After today, USCIS will not accept H-1B petitions subject to the FY 2014 cap or the advanced degree exemption.

To read the official USCIS announcement, click here

11. Upcoming DISCO Career Fairs For Japanese-English Bilinguals

DISCO International, is the organizer of the largest job fair for Japanese-English bilinguals. With opportunities to meet companies face-to-face, we encourage Japanese-English bilingual students to take advantage of these events. No fee to register or attend.

London Career Forum 2013
June 8th & 9th (Sat. & Sun.)

Tokyo Summer Career Forum 2013
June 29th & June 30th (Sat. & Sun.)

Los Angeles Career Forum 2013
Oct. 5th & 6th (Fri. & Sat.)
Website coming soon

Boston Career Forum 2013
Nov. 8 -10th (Fri. - Sun.)

Tokyo Winter Career Forum 2013: mid-December New York Career Forum 2014: February 2014

All the above Career Forums are for:
- Japanese-English bilingual (at minimum conversational level in both Japanese and English) and
- looking for a full-time or internship position

Any questions about the Career Forum, please contact us at

For additional information go to:


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