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ISSS-BU News 15 April 2013 ISSS-BU News


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Editor’s Note: Today is the deadline for filing income tax forms. Please see this article from last week’s ISSS-BU News for details:
                    http://www2.binghamton.edu/isss/isss-bu-news/2013/apr082013.html#l3

CONTENTS:
1. Workload Issues in the ISSS
2. Pursuit of Academic Success – This Week’s Topic: Stress Management Wednesday, April 17
3. Income Tax Update
4. New Student Programs Summer Staff 2013 Application Now Available!
5. Don’t Become a Victim of an Immigration Scam!!
6. H-1B Visa Update
7. J-1 Students and On-Campus Employment

1. Workload Issues in the ISSS

As we get closer to May, the ISSS is in the midst of its busiest work period. New student visa documents are being mailed on a daily basis and current students come to the office with questions regarding travel, practical training employment, and extensions to name a few! The ISSS is always happy to be of assistance to you, but as will naturally occur during a busy period, it takes staff longer to accomplish office tasks. This includes forms processing, appointments and responses to e-mail messages. So, if it is necessary for you to meet with an advisor or need to have paperwork processed by ISSS staff, please allow extra time for an appointment, e-mail reply, or paperwork. We appreciate your understanding. Thank you!

2. Pursuit of Academic Success – This Week’s Topic: Stress Management Wednesday, April 17

Pursuit of Academic Success is to assist international students in maximizing their academic achievement. Participants of this group will discuss barriers to academic success and learn how they can better address them. This group is open to ALL international students!

Week 9 – Stress Management

“Oh, No! It’s already middle of April. I’ve been bottling up school work. Several papers are due very soon and finals are approaching fast. I’m worked up and stressed out by everything. I feel like I’m running out of gas. I really need to manage my stress and recharge my energy to successfully finish this semester.”

Are you feeling and/or thinking this way? If so, please join us to talk more about your stress and learn strategies to manage stress. Good stress management skills are critical for your academic success.

Facilitator: Sangmoon Kim, Ph.D
Wednesday: 2:30- 4:00pm
Location: ISSS Conference Room, Hinman Commons Building, Room 120-B (come to the ISSS Main Office, for directions)

3. Income Tax Update

Even after the April 15, 2013 tax deadline, GLACIER Tax Prep will continue to be available to Binghamton University students and scholars (for anyone who may be filing late) until July 15, 2013. Helpful tip: If you have not already done so, remember to print a copy of your GLACIER -prepared tax forms for your personal records prior to July 15, 2013.

4. New Student Programs Summer Staff 2013 Application Now Available!

New Student Programs is hiring for their Summer Staff position for the Summer of 2013. Interested students should fill out the online application at http://www2.binghamton.edu/orientation/staff/summerstaff.html. Applications are due Friday, April 19.

5. Don’t Become a Victim of an Immigration Scam!!

David B. Austell, Ph.D. Assistant Vice President and Director at the NYU Office of Global Services recently shared the following: An international student in New York City recently received a phone call from someone claiming to be from U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS/USDHS). The phone number matched the USCIS toll-free number. The caller claimed that on a recent trip abroad, the student had not filled out his I-94 card correctly and USCIS caught the error on the student's pending OPT application. The caller had the student’s name, date of birth, address, phone number, and could confirm the last 4 digits of his I-94 number. The caller told the student that he needed to leave the United States immediately because a criminal case was pending against him, and to fix the I-94 problem, he would need to pay a large fee. Unfortunately, the panicked student fell for the scam and ended up sending over $1,600 to "USCIS."

USCIS wants to stop immigration services scams. More information about how to report such scams can be found on the USCIS Website

6. H-1B Visa Update

As many of you know, USCIS received approximately 124,000 H-1B petitions during the filing period, including petitions filed for the advanced degree exemption. On April 7, 2013, USCIS used a computer-generated random selection process (commonly known as a “lottery”) to select a sufficient number of petitions needed to meet the caps of 65,000 for the general category and 20,000 under the advanced degree exemption limit.

More detailed information about the Fiscal Year 2014 H-1B cap can be found here

7. J-1 Students and On-Campus Employment

Students in J-1 status who have been offered on-campus employment opportunities for either Summer 2013 or Fall 2013 are reminded that even on-campus employment must be authorized in advance. The ISSS has developed a simple on-line form for J-1 students to complete so that the appropriate authorization letter can be prepared. Visit: http://www2.binghamton.edu/isss/employment/jempframe.html

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Last Updated: 4/15/13