ISSS-BU News 05 August 2013 ISSS-BU News


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CONTENTS:
1. National Holidays for the Month of August
2. Arrival of New International Students
3. Leadership Volunteers Needed - Fall 2013 International Student Orientation
4. Discontinuation of the Form I-797C “Notice of Action” for the I-901 SEVIS Fee Payment
5. Discontinuation of Paper I-94 Records for International Airline and Seaport Arrivals
6. Important Caution to Binghamton University International Students When Taking On-Line Courses
7. Does a F-1 or J-1 Student Need a Social Security Number Before Beginning Employment?
8. Summer Hours End August 16, 2013
9. Upcoming DISCO Career Fairs For Japanese-English Bilinguals

1. National Holidays for the Month of August

The following countries are celebrating national holidays during the month of August:

Benin 1-Aug
Switzerland 1-Aug
Macedonia 2-Aug
Burkina Faso 4-Aug
Bolivia 6-Aug
Jamaica 6-Aug
Singapore 9-Aug
Ecuador 10-Aug
Chad 11-Aug
Thailand 12-Aug
Pakistan 14-Aug
Congo, Republic of 15-Aug
India 15-Aug
Liechtenstein 15-Aug
South Korea 15-Aug
Gabon 17-Aug
Indonesia 17-Aug
Afghanistan 19-Aug
Hungary 20-Aug
Ukraine 24-Aug
Uruguay 25-Aug
Moldova 27-Aug
Turkey 30-Aug
Kyrgyzstan 31-Aug

2. Arrival of New International Students

The Office of International Student and Scholar Services thanks the many students who will be assisting our new arrivals. Orientation information and registration is now open. The link to orientation information and orientation registration is: http://www2.binghamton.edu/isss/orientation/index.html There will be different orientation schedules for graduate students, undergraduate students, exchange students and Dual Diploma students from Turkey.

The orientation program features special presentations on the immigration regulations that all new students are required to know, as well as meetings with academic advisors and the opportunity to register for classes. We wish our new students "welcome" and much success with their academic program.


Orientation is less then two weeks away and many new international students have begun to arrive on campus. If you happen to meet a new student, please be sure to direct them to the office of International Student and Scholar Services. ISSS is recording new student arrivals and distributing their very helpful early arrival information sheet. ISSS looks forward to welcoming a record entering class of new international students this Fall!

3. Leadership Volunteers Needed - Fall 2013 International Student Orientation

Are you interested in helping new international students during Orientation and adding Leadership and U.S. Culture Training experience to your resume? Then, sign up to be a Leadership Volunteer!

Leadership Volunteers are a select group of Binghamton University students, who join ISSS staff to welcome new international students during Fall International Student Orientation. Leadership Volunteer recruitment is now underway.

Leadership Volunteers engage in a 3-day training program to help prepare them for their role during Orientation. The training program is organized by the 5 goals of the Orientation program:

· Help New Students Feel Comfortable in a New Environment (Networking)

· Meet Students’ Needs

· Share Important Information

· Learn about U.S. Culture

· Build Trust

The Training Program includes activities that give all Leadership Volunteers the opportunity to:

· Become a Team

· Prepare Presentations for Small Group Activities

· Understand the Needs of New International Students

During Orientation, Leadership Volunteers greet new international students at Check-In, welcome them during the Introductory Meeting, lead small group discussions, accompany them to all meals, provide reassurance and essential information, and most importantly contribute to a warm and sincere presence during the new international student's first few days on campus. Many new students tell the ISSS how important the Leadership Volunteers were to their initial experience at Binghamton University. Many Leadership Volunteers tell the ISSS how valuable the training was to their own professional and personal development.

Leadership Volunteer Training will take place Monday, August 12th – Wednesday August 14th, 2013. International Student Graduate Orientation starts Thursday August 15th – Friday August 16th, 2013 and International Student Undergraduate Orientation begin Monday August 19th – Wednesday August 21st, 2013

If you are interested in becoming a Leadership Volunteer, please fill out the form at this link: http://saffairs.binghamton.edu/isss/webforms/LV/ Questions? Contact Associate Director Karen Keefe-Guzikowski at kkeefe@binghamton.edu

4. Discontinuation of the Form I-797C “Notice of Action” for the I-901 SEVIS Fee Payment

The Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) will no longer be mailing Form I-797C “Notice of Action” for the I-901 SEVIS fee payment. Students should print out the confirmation of payment from the FMJfee website.

5. Discontinuation of Paper I-94 Records for International Airline and Seaport Arrivals

Customs and Border Protection (CBP) will no longer be issuing paper I-94 for international arrivals made via air or sea. Instead travelers should go to:
https://i94.cbp.dhs.gov/I94/request.html.
All travelers should print out a copy of their I-94 record each time they re-enter the U.S and keep it for their records. Paper I-94 records will still be issued to those traveling by land.

6. Important Caution to Binghamton University International Students When Taking On-Line Courses

Most international students are aware that US federal regulations limit the number of on-line or distance learning classes that can be taken by F-1 visa holders, even if the classes are offered by Binghamton University. A full description of the rules can be found at:
http://www2.binghamton.edu/isss/immigration/rulecourse.html

If a student needs only one course to finish his or her program of study in the final semester (and this includes Summer Session or Winter Session), it cannot be taken through online/distance education. There must be a physical presence requirement for the course. If a student remains in the United States without reporting to any class, it becomes a security issue and cannot be allowed.

Recently, several students who took only a distance learning class in their final semester have found that they are not eligible for Optional Practical Training (OPT) because the distance learning course taken by itself, with no other physical presence courses, is a violation of F-1 regulations. Don’t less this happen to you! If you have questions, send an email message to isss@binghamton.edu or set up an appointment with one of the advisors.

7. Does a F-1 or J-1 Student Need a Social Security Number Before Beginning Employment?

Most students in F-1 or J-1 status are aware that in order to apply for a U.S. Social Security Number, you must be able to present proof of employment (such as a department funding letter or some other letter verifying employment). But staff in the ISSS have been asked if the reverse is true, meaning, do F-1 or J-1 students need to have a Social Security Number in hand before work can commence?

The answer is no! A Social Security Number is not required to begin employment. However, once employment has commenced, the employee must apply for the Social Security Number and report their number to the employer as soon as the number is received, so that the employer can update the record for tax reporting purposes.

8. Summer Hours End August 16, 2013

University summer office hours of 8:00a.m.-4:00p.m. will end at the close of business on Friday, August 16, 2013. The University will return to the core office hours of 8:30a.m.-5:00p.m. on Monday, August 19, 2013. Please note that many offices, including International Student and Scholar Services post different service hours for the public.

9. 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.

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 -11th (Fri. – Sun.)
Boston Convention & Exhibition Center (Boston, Massachusetts)
http://www.careerforum.net/event/bos/?ref=201322&lang=E

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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