ISSS-BU News 14 January 2013 ISSS-BU News
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Editor’s Note: This is a week of transition for International Student and Scholar Services. On Thursday, January 17, Patricia (Trisha) Marrapese will join the ISSS as Director. Ellen Badger, who has directed the ISSS for 27 years, has announced her retirement. Ellen will serve in a supportive role for Trisha through February 28. Trisha comes to Binghamton from the University of Texas at Austin, where she served as Assistant Director for International Student and Scholar Services.
The Decker Student Health Services Center is offering free Flu Shots to Binghamton University students now, before classes begin! You can obtain a free Flu shot on Monday - Friday between 8:00 am to 3:00 pm. No appointment is necessary during winter break. Get vaccinated before the campus crowds return bringing the flu virus with them! Questions? Call 607-777-2221.
Monday, January 21, 2013 is the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday. Most university offices, including the Office of International Student and Scholar Services, will be closed.
Are you assisting new international students? Many new students have begun to arrive at Binghamton. New international students who have not yet visited the ISSS should come to the ISSS this week or early next week to pick up an early arrival packet. New Student Orientation begins Wednesday, January 23, 2013.
1. A Message from Ellen Badger
2. Important Announcement Regarding International Health Insurance for Spring 2013
3. Employment and Health Insurance Walk-In Appointments in the ISSS are Cancelled for January 22 and 23
4. Upcoming CDC Programs for International Students to Prepare for the Job and Internship Fair
5. University Resumes Academic Year Operational Hours on January 22
6. Spring 2013 Orientation For New Students Begins Wednesday, January 23
7. Confusion About Off Campus Work Authorization and Social Security Cards
8. Faculty/Student Stipends Available for Summer Undergraduate Research/Creative Activities through the Summer Scholars and Artists Program
9. Five Years of Comparative International Student Data Now Available on the ISSS Website
10. ISSS Tax Web Pages Will be Updated and Glacier Tax Prep Income Tax Preparation Software Available Soon
11. Tax Information: Form W-2 Wage and Tax Statements
12. Income Tax Information: Form 1099-INT
The 27 years that I have served as Binghamton University’s Director of International Student and Scholar Services have been the most fulfilling of my professional life. While I am very much looking forward to retirement, it’s the personal relationships that have developed over the years that I will truly miss. During my career, I have seen Binghamton’s international student population grow from 340 to today’s nearly 2400, and it’s been my privilege to have gotten to personally know many of our international students during their studies. My thanks to the students, scholars, faculty, staff and administrators here at Binghamton, and special thanks to the entire ISSS Team, for the opportunity to know you, assist you and collaborate with you. Please join me in welcoming Trisha Marrapese to the ISSS and to Binghamton University. I am looking forward to her arrival and know that she will be an excellent leader of the ISSS and a strong advocate for our international students and scholars.
International students whose health insurance is issued through HTH Worldwide, Inc have insurance ID cards with an expiry date of January 14, 2013. Spring Semester coverage for both new and continuing students starts on January 15, 2013. However, enrollment processing cannot begin until the first day of classes which is January 28, 2013 and most likely will not be completed until January 31st. Therefore, students that need to renew prescriptions and/or have appointments to receive medical services off campus during the two week period from January 15, 2013 through January 28, 2013 need to contact the International Health Insurance team at firstname.lastname@example.org to request an early insurance enrollment in order to obtain their new insurance ID card in time for those medical services.
There will be no walk-in hours for health insurance on Tuesday, January 22, nor walk-in hours for employment on Wednesday, January 23, due to a University-wide event and new student orientation. There will be walk-in hours this week, on January 15 and 16 respectively. Health Insurance walk-in hours will then resume on Tuesday, January 29 from 10:15am to Noon. Employment Walk-In Hours will resume on Wednesday, January 30, from 1:30-3:15pm. Students should check in at the ISSS front desk in Room G-1 for walk-in appointments. Students who need to meet with a member of the ISSS staff during the week of January 21 can request an individual appointment. Please note that some staff may be unavailable for appointments during portions of New Student Orientation.
4. Upcoming CDC Programs for International Students to Prepare for the Job and Internship
Are you looking for an internship or full time job in the United States? On Tuesday, the Career Development Center (CDC) is hosting the first of three unique programs targeted to international students interested in preparing for the Job and Internship Fair on Thursday, January 31st.
These 3 CDC programs are designed to help you get ready for the Job and Internship Fair:
My First U.S. Resume
When: Tuesday, January 15th, 2pm - 3pm
Where: Library North Ground Floor room 307 (CDC North)
Learn how to write an American-style resume that sells you as a candidate for internships and jobs. Show off your skills and experiences so that employers will get interested
How to make a Resume that Employers Want to Read
When: Wednesday, January 23rd, 11am-12pm
Where: Library North Ground Floor room 307 (CDC North)
Go beyond the basics! Learn how to transform your resume and showcase the skills that employers seek! Please bring a draft of your resume to this workshop.
How to Approach Recruiters at the Job and Internship Fair
When: Tuesday, January 29th, 4:30pm - 5:30pm
Where: University Union West 324
Get ready for the Job and Internship Fair. Learn what to say, what to wear, and how to approach recruiters.
The University returns to its standard academic year operational hours beginning Tuesday, January 22 through May 20. For the ISSS, that means beginning January 22, our hours to the public resume as 10:00am to 4:30pm Monday – Friday except Wednesdays, when we are open from 11:30am to 4:30pm. The ISSS answers its phones from 8:30am to 5:00pm.
International Student Orientation activities begin Wednesday, January 23, and orientation packets will be distributed during orientation check-in, Wednesday January 23 from 7:00am to 9:00am in the University Union Old Union Hall.
Orientation information may be viewed at: http://www2.binghamton.edu/isss/orientation/index.html
Most international students in F-1 status know that they cannot work off campus without advance authorization, and that federal regulations greatly limit the kinds of off campus employment that can be authorized. Students in J-1 status must have all employment authorized in advance, whether it is on campus or off campus.
For F-1 students, the authorization for off-campus employment may be printed on page 3 of the I-20 (Curricular Practical Training) or it may be on a U.S. Department of Homeland Security-issued Employment Authorization Card (Optional Practical Training, Off Campus Employment Due to Economic Hardship). For J-1 students, the employment authorization will be in the form of a letter, issued by the student’s J-1 program sponsor, or, if academic training, as a letter and on the DS-2019.
But, some students have become confused about the Social Security Card issued by the Social Security Administration, and believe that having a Social Security Card with a Social Security Number printed on it is the document that confers eligibility to be employed. NOT TRUE!
In fact, the purpose of a Social Security Card is for presentation to a U.S. employer so that the employer can fulfill U.S. government requirements for reporting taxes on wages, and other taxable income earned in the United States. The Social Security Card is also used as an identity document to obtain other benefits not related to employment, such as certain kinds of health insurance or a driver’s license. But, the Social Security Card does not give someone in F-1 or J-1 status the ability to work.
The Social Security Card issued to F-1 and J-1 students will have a notation on the front of the card “Valid for Work Only With DHS Authorization.” “DHS” stands for Department of Homeland Security. The notation is a reminder to the student and the off-campus employer that other documentation will need to be shown to prove eligibility to work.
Questions? Write to the International Employment Team at email@example.com or visit the ISSS website for information on employment:
The Undergraduate Research Center offers awards to support Binghamton University undergraduates who will graduate in spring 2014 or later to conduct special research, scholarship or creative activities during the summer with faculty mentors. The $3,000 fellowships support a student’s original research or creative projects, not research assistance for a faculty member’s research project. Faculty mentors will receive $1,000. Proposals from all academic disciplines are welcome. The deadline for fellowship applications is Friday, February 8, 2013. Awards will be announced no later than mid-March. For criteria and application information, visit the Undergraduate Research Center website at
The ISSS website has been updated to include five year's worth of international student comparative data for the period 2008-2012. The data is in three tables in the Publications section of the ISSS website: go to http://isss-new.binghamton.edu and click on “Publications” from the blue menu on the left side of the webpage.
The direct links are:
International Student Enrollment by Country and World Region
Undergraduate International Student Enrollment by Field of Study
Graduate International Student Enrollment by Field of Study
The ISSS website tax pages will soon be updated for the 2012 tax year, which has just concluded. You will be able to view the pages by going to http://isss-new.binghamton.edu and clicking on "Taxes." We recommend that you visit the Tax section of the ISSS website and familiarize yourself with some of the rules for tax filing.
The Office of International Student and Scholar Services plans to announce the availability of Glacier Tax Prep income tax software in the next two weeks. Glacier Tax Prep is not currently available for use. This web-based software product will make it very easy for international students to fulfill their U.S. Federal income tax filing obligations for calendar year 2012. Watch for an upcoming e-mail message. Once ISSS receives its supply of income tax forms, an announcement will be posted in ISSS-BU News.
This week's income tax information is about the W-2 form, which is also known as a Wage and Tax Statement. Many international students and scholars who were employed during calendar year 2012 will soon receive their W-2 forms in the mail. If you were employed in the United States for any period of time during 2012, each employer for whom your worked is required to report your earnings to both you and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). By law, W-2s must be mailed no later than January 31.
If you worked during 2012, whether off campus (including paid internships) or on-campus at Binghamton University or at a previous school and have not received your form W-2 by February 1, contact your former employer right away. It is possible that they do not have your current address. You will be required to include a copy of each W-2 form with your federal and state income tax forms. The IRS computer system will match the income you report with what they have received from the employer.
Different kinds of taxes are withheld by employers. The W-2 form has boxes for reporting withholding of Federal Income Tax (box 2), Social Security Tax (box 4), Medicare Tax (box 6), State Income Tax (box 17) and local income tax (box 19). Some individuals who received form W-2 will find that all of these boxes have amounts in them, others will find only some or none of the boxes showing tax withheld. We'll discuss Social Security and Medicare withholding in a future tax information article.
If you have an interest-bearing savings account, checking account, or certificate of deposit, you may have received or will soon receive a letter from your bank that summarizes the interest you earned on your account(s) during calendar year 2012. Known as form 1099-INT, it is a statement of interest earned from your bank or credit union. Be sure to retain such statements, they may be needed for your federal income tax filing.
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