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ISSS-BU News 29 April 2013 ISSS-BU News


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Editor’s Note: Traveling soon? All BU international students are reminded to check their most recent SEVIS I-20 or SEVIS DS-2019 to be sure they have an updated travel signature from the ISSS. If the travel signature (on the bottom of Page 3 of the I-20, or in the lower right hand section of Page 1 of the DS-2019) will be more than 12 months old when you return to the United States to resume classes in the Fall, come to the ISSS for an updated signature BEFORE you travel. Students who will also be applying for a new US student visa abroad this summer should not request an updated travel signature. Instead you should request a letter of certification and a new I-20 from the ISSS, as this is needed as part of the visa application.

Departing Binghamton at the end of the semester and not returning? BU students who will not be returning to the University for the Fall 2013 semester are reminded to fulfill their federal SEVIS responsibilities by completing the ISSS departure form on line at the following web link: http://saffairs.binghamton.edu/isss/webforms/DepartureForm/

Students in F-1 status who are graduating and are not going to pursue Optional Practical Training (OPT) or transfer to a new U.S. school or begin a new degree program in the United States are required to depart the United States within 60 days of their degree completion date. Students in J-1 status are required to depart the United States within 30 days of their degree completion date, or the end of their programs.

CONTENTS:
1. National Holidays for May
2. Pursuit of Academic Success – This Week’s Topic: Stress Management III Wednesday, May 1
3. Last International Coffee Hour for the Spring Semester is Friday, May 3
4. International Student Graduation Reception is Friday May 17
5. International Student Wire Payments Through peerTransfer
6. Planning to Work in the United States This Summer?
7. Confirmation of Enrollment Mandatory for Students Taking Summer Session Classes
8. Accessing Health Services, Library Services and Off Campus Bus Services During the Summer
9. Did You Receive A Grade of "Incomplete" in Fall 2012?
10. Registering for Less Than a Full Time Course Load for Fall 2013?
11. Upcoming DISCO Career Fairs For Japanese-English Bilinguals

1. National Holidays for May

The following countries are celebrating national holidays during May

Marshall Islands 1-May
Poland 3-May
Israel 12-May
Paraguay 15-May
Norway 17-May
Turkey 19-May
Cameroon 20-May
Yemen, Republic of    22-May
Eritrea 24-May
Argentina 25-May
Jordan 25-May
Georgia 26-May
Azerbaijan 28-May
Ethiopia 28-May
Croatia 30-May
South Africa 31-May

2. Pursuit of Academic Success – This Week’s Topic: Stress Management III Wednesday, May 1

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!

Stress Management II

Only two more weeks to the end of this semester! Around this time of each semester many students experience mixed feelings; they are excited about summer but at the same time feel anxious and stressed about finals. I truly hope you all hang in there and successfully wrap up this semester. Also please consider joining us to talk more about your stress and learn strategies to manage stress. It will be our last meeting this semester. I wish you all the best with your finals.

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. Last International Coffee Hour for the Spring Semester is Friday, May 3

Good company! Free food! Hot and cold beverages! Celebrate May and the approaching end of the Spring semester by coming to this month's International Coffee Hour on Friday, May 3 from 3:30-5pm in the University Union Old Union Hall. This month's sponsor is the Division of Student Affairs.

We look forward to seeing you on Friday, May 3.

4. International Student Graduation Reception is Friday May 17

We are delighted that so many international exchange students and graduating students have informed the ISSS that they will be attending the 27th Annual International Student Graduation Reception in the University Union Old Union Hall, Friday, May 17 at 7:00pm. Invitations were sent by email last week.

If you are completing your program or are graduating, and have not yet responded to our invitation, please do so soon by using our on-line response form:
http://www2.binghamton.edu/isss/gradreception/invite.html

Please note that the response form requires you to use your Binghamton.edu email address.

Students who graduated in December 2012 or who will graduate in Summer 2013 and would like to participate in the International Student Graduation Reception should also use the invitation link, above.

Each student will receive a certificate from the ISSS, in recognition of your achievements. If you will be graduating, or completing your exchange program this month, come join the ISSS staff and your fellow students for good food, short speech making, and lots of photo opportunities!

Please note that the International Student Graduation Reception is separate from the University’s official Commencement ceremonies. For more information on the Commencement ceremonies, visit:http://www2.binghamton.edu/commencement/schedule-of-events.html

5. International Student Wire Payments Through peerTransfer

Binghamton University has partnered with peerTransfer to streamline the tuition payment process for our international students. With peerTransfer, you are offered excellent foreign exchange rates, allowing you to pay in your home currency (in most cases) and save a significant amount of money, as compared to traditional banks. You will also be able to track where your payment is in the transfer process via a student dashboard and an email confirmation will be sent to you when your payment is received by the school.

For more information please visit http://www2.binghamton.edu/student-accounts/internationalpay.html or
To make a payment now, go to: https://peertransfer.com/school/binghamton

6. Planning to Work in the United States This Summer?

International students in F-1 or J-1 status are reminded that all off-campus employment must be authorized! This includes summer internships and other forms of off-campus employment. Do not jeopardize your non-immigrant status through unauthorized employment. If you have any questions, please come to the ISSS, send an email to the ISSS employment team at intl.work@binghamton.edu or visit the employment section of the ISSS website at: http://www2.binghamton.edu/isss/employment/index.html

7. Confirmation of Enrollment Mandatory for Students Taking Summer Session Classes

At the start of each semester all undergraduate and graduate students are required to confirm enrollment via BU BRAIN at http://bubrain.binghamton.edu For Summer 2013, confirmation must be completed to avoid your courses being canceled. If you fail to confirm enrollment and your classes are dropped, you will have to re-enroll in the courses online via BU BRAIN. How do you confirm enrollment? After logging into BU BRAIN, click on the “Start of Term” tab. View a step-by-step guide on how to confirm enrollment at http://www2.binghamton.edu/registrar/students/course-registration/confirmation-enrollment.html Problem accessing? Go to http://its.binghamton.edu/helpdesk

8. Accessing Health Services, Library Services and Off Campus Bus Services During the Summer

BU students remaining in the Binghamton area for the summer (but who are not registered for Summer Session) frequently ask the ISSS about their ability to utilize services during the summer months, such as the Library, University Health Service, and Bus Services.

Any BU student can continue to use the library and bus services in the summer with their BU ID. A student wishing to visit University Health Service in the summer, but who is not registered for the Summer Session, will be asked to pay a one-time fee of $32 per Summer term at the Office of Student Accounts.

9. Did You Receive A Grade of "Incomplete" in Fall 2012?

The Office of International Student and Scholar Services would like to remind international students of a potential problem for those in F-1 or J-1 status who do not complete in a timely manner the required work for a course for which they have been issued an "Incomplete" grade. For example, a student who receives a grade of "incomplete" in a graduate or undergraduate course for the Fall 2012 semester has until the end of the Spring 2013 semester to turn in the required work so that the professor can issue the appropriate final grade. However, if the Fall 2012 course work is not completed, or if the professor does not submit a grade change form, the Incomplete will change to "W" or withdrawn for graduate students, and to "F" or failure for undergraduate students following the Spring 2013 semester.

Now that the Spring 2013 semester is coming to an end, international students in F-1 and J-1 status who received one or more grades of Incomplete in Fall 2012 are urged to check their Fall 2012 grades in BU brain; http://bubrain.binghamton.edu

A grade change to "W" is very detrimental to any F-1 or J-1 graduate student, because if the course was being counted towards a full-time course load, the W grade means that the course was not completed successfully, dropping the student from full-time to part-time. Often, we find that the student has made arrangements with the faculty member to complete the work. In such cases, we strongly advise the student to check with the faculty member to see if the grade was submitted or if necessary, extend the deadline for the incomplete and have the grade changed back to "I."

A grade that remains "W," if it drops the graduate student below a full time course load, may mean that the F-1 or J-1 student is in violation of U.S. immigration requirements. Thus, some international students could suddenly find themselves in violation of their F-1 status based on a course taken as long as two semesters ago. Students who find themselves in this situation should contact the ISSS to set up an appointment with an advisor.

10. Registering for Less Than a Full Time Course Load for Fall 2013?

Some students have already completed pre-registration for Fall 2013, others may delay signing up for courses until the regular registration period begins. Since all continuing F-1 students must comply with federal SEVIS regulations, we are reminding students of the rules governing taking less than a full-time course load.

U.S. Federal regulations governing F-1 status require that students pursue "a full course of study" that leads to the attainment of a specific educational or professional objective. For undergraduate students, a full course of study is defined as at least 12 semester credits per semester. For graduate students, Federal regulations defer to the school's definition of a full course of study. See: http://www2.binghamton.edu/isss/Immigration/ruleftload.html for a summary of what constitutes full-time study at Binghamton University.

SEVIS regulations require that F-1 students obtain permission from the Office of International Student and Scholar Services before dropping below a full-time course load. A F-1 student who drops below a full course of study without the prior approval of the Office of International Student and Scholar Services will be considered out of status.

One of the most common requests for a reduced course load is when a student is in their final semester of study, but needs less than a full time course load to graduate. The ISSS may authorize a reduced course load for this reason. If the reduction is authorized, the student must then be registered for those credits needed to complete the course of study.

The student must first obtain permission from the ISSS before dropping below a full-time course load. A special form, which can be obtained from the ISSS or downloaded at:

http://www2.binghamton.edu/isss/essential-forms/study_comp.pdf must be completed by both the student and department advisor, and then approved by the ISSS before any courses can be dropped. In addition, the student must also have filed a "declaration of candidacy form" (for graduate students) or an "application for undergraduate degree" (for undergraduate students), verifying the student's intention to graduate in that semester. These forms are available in BU Brain.

A note of warning: Students should be absolutely certain that they will be graduating in the current semester before choosing to register for less than a full-time course load. Failure to graduate after dropping below a full-time course load may result in the student being out-of-status, and the loss of F-1 benefits, unless it can be shown that the student is still making satisfactory progress towards their degree.

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.)
http://www.careerforum.net/event/ldn/?lang=E

Tokyo Summer Career Forum 2013
June 29th & June 30th (Sat. & Sun.)
http://www.careerforum.net/event/tks/?lang=E

Los Angeles Career Forum 2013
Oct. 5th & 6th (Fri. & Sat.)
Loews Hollywood Hotel (Hollywood, CA)
http://www.careerforum.net/event/la/?ref=201322&lang=E

Boston Career Forum 2013
Nov. 8 -10th (Fri. - Sun.)
(Website will be aviable in early May)

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 cfn@careerforum.net
For additional information go to: http://www.careerforum.net/event/?ref=20130403a&lang=E

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