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ISSS-BU News 03 June 2013 ISSS-BU News


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Editor’s Note: Summer hours are now in effect through August 16, 2013. Most offices on campus will be open for most or all of the day from 8:00am to 4:00pm weekdays. The ISSS will be open weekdays from 9:30am to 3:45pm, except Wednesdays when we will be open from 11:30am to 3:45pm. We look forward to seeing you during the summer months.

CONTENTS:
1. National Holidays for June
2. Requirement for All Students Attending Summer 2013 Classes: Confirmation of Enrollment
3. Important Information for Those Who Will Graduate in Summer 2013
4. Have You Changed Your Address?
5. Getting Married in New York State

1. National Holidays for June

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

Kenya 1-June
Samoa 1-June
Italy 2-June
Tonga 4-June
Sweden 6-June
Portugal 10-June
Philippines 12-June
Iceland 17-June
Seychelles 18-June
Luxembourg 23-June
Mozambique 25-June
Slovenia 25-June
Madagascar 26-June
Djibouti 27-June


2. Requirement for All Students Attending Summer 2013 Classes: Confirmation of Enrollment

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

3. Important Information for Those Who Will Graduate in Summer 2013

The Office of International Student and Scholar Services reminds students that if you will graduate in Summer 2013, you must do two things:

· You must be registered for the Summer (and confirm your registration on BU Brain)

· You must file a "Graduate Application for Degree" if you are a graduate student, or an "Application for Degree" if you are an undergraduate student. Both of these forms may be completed on line at BU Brain Once you are signed in, press the “Student Tab” and scroll down until you see the forms.

Failure to take care of both steps may have negative consequences for your immigration status if you are an F-1 or J-1 student and have a SEVIS I-20 or DS-2019 with a summer completion date.

4. Have You Changed Your Address?

Have you moved recently? Do you have a new address? International Students in F and J status are reminded that reporting your change of address to the ISSS is a requirement under federal SEVIS regulations. The ISSS makes this requirement easy for you by providing a web form where you can easily report this information. Just visit:
http://saffairs.binghamton.edu/isss/webforms/changeofaddress/ for an easy-to-complete fillable form.

5. Getting Married in New York State

Staff in the ISSS are sometimes asked about the rules for getting married in New York State. The rules are the same whether two foreign nationals are marrying each other, or whether a foreign national is marrying a US citizen or US permanent resident.

New York State has some very helpful information on this topic at its website:
http://www.health.state.ny.us/vital_records/married.htm

Please note that the information on the website explains the procedures for having a legal marriage in New York. It does not discuss US federal regulations for obtaining an immigration benefit based on marriage to a US citizen or US permanent resident. For more information on immigration benefits based on marriage, visit the US Citizenship and Immigration Services website at:
http://www.uscis.gov/portal/site/uscis/menuitem.eb1d4c2a3e5b9ac89243c6a7543f6d1a/?vgnextoid=4c2515d27cf73210VgnVCM100000082ca60aRCRD&vgnextchannel=4c2515d27cf73210VgnVCM100000082ca60aRCRD

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Last Updated: 6/3/13