ISSS-BU News 25 March 2013 ISSS-BU News


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Editor’s Note:
Spring Break began with the end of classes on Friday, March 22. The Residence Halls re-open on Monday, April 1 at 2pm and classes resume on Tuesday, April 2. ISSS-BU News wishes all our readers a relaxing and enjoyable Spring Break! The Office of International Student and Scholar Services, and most University offices, will remain open throughout Spring Break.

Planning to travel during Spring Break? Be sure that you have read our travel information at: http://www2.binghamton.edu/isss/travel/springbrk.html and be sure you have your passport, I-20 or DS-2019, I-94 departure card, and insurance ID card with you when you travel.

CONTENTS:
1. National Holidays for April
2. April 1 is the Deadline for Spring 2013 Health Insurance Adjustments
3. Registrar’s Office Reminds Students of Important Deadlines
4. Important Workshop on Post-Graduation Employment Issues Wednesday, April 10
5. H-1B Visa Issues are at the Forefront This Week
6. Pre-Registration for the Fall 2013 Semester
7. Important Notice From Student Accounts Regarding Fall 2013 Pre-Registration
8. Don’t Forget the April 15, 2013 Deadline for Filing Income Tax Forms
9. Physical Facilities Seeks Summer Student Employees

1. National Holidays for April

The following countries are celebrating national holidays in April

Senegal 4-Apr
Tunisia 9-Apr
Denmark 16-Apr
Syria 17-Apr
Zimbabwe 18-Apr
Turkey 23-Apr
Tanzania 26-Apr
Sierra Leone 27-Apr
South Africa 27-Apr
Netherlands 30-Apr

2. April 1 is the Deadline for Spring 2013 Health Insurance Adjustments

Please note that there is a deadline for requesting a Health Insurance Waiver or adjustment. – International students requesting a waiver or adjustment of their international health insurance fee must do so by April 1, 2013 for the Spring 2013 semester. To file a waiver or adjustment request go to: http://www2.binghamton.edu/isss/health-insurance/waiverinfo.html.

Filing a request does not guarantee a wavier or adjustment. You must either be a graduate assistant (G.A.), Teaching Assistant (T.A) or Research Assistant (R.A.) funded through Binghamton University and enrolled in employee health insurance, OR meet the standards for comparable coverage outlined on the ISSS Health Insurance web page located through the above link.

If you have questions about the International Student Health Insurance, please contact the International Health Insurance Team at intl.insure@binghamton.edu

3. Registrar’s Office Reminds Students of Important Deadlines

Students who wish to withdraw from a course, change their grade option or apply for Spring 2013 graduation are reminded to complete the following steps by Friday, April 5

• Withdrawals: You may drop a class, but since the add/drop deadline has already passed, a “w” will appear on your transcript for the course grade when you withdraw. The deadline is 11:59 p.m. Friday, April 5. For step-by-step instructions, visit the Registrar’s website at http://www2.binghamton.edu/registrar/students/course-registration/add-drop-procedures.html

• Grade Option Changes: To have your grading option for a course changed (either from a letter grade to pass/fail or vice versa) you must print and complete the Grade Option Change form available at http://www2.binghamton.edu/registrar/pdf/2011/grade-option-change.pdf and drop it off at the Student Records Office in SW-119, between 9:30 a.m. and 4:45 p.m. Friday, April 5.

• Application for Undergraduate Degree for Spring 2013: Undergraduate candidates planning to graduate this semester must submit this online form available at http://bubrain.binghamton.edu by Friday, April 5.Undergraduate students cannot graduate without submitting an Application for Degree (AFD).


4. Important Workshop on Post-Graduation Employment Issues Wednesday, April 10

What may be the most important immigration workshop offered this year will be held Wednesday, April 10, 2013 at 5:30pm in Academic A, Ground Floor, Room G08. Will you be seeking employment in the United States after graduation? Do you have questions regarding H-1B visas, labor certification, PERM and employment-based permanent residency? Are you confused about the H-1B “cap” and the “cap gap?” How long are H-1B visa numbers likely to last, and what is the earliest date for submitting an H-1B petition with an October 1, 2013 start date? What about those 20,000 extra H-1B visa slots for those with U.S. master’s degrees or higher? What is going on with H-1B placement agencies, the deemed export attestation requirements, and are there any issues if you travel into the United States with a new H-1B visa? You do not want to miss this workshop!

Learn about your options under U.S. immigration law from special guest and featured speaker, immigration attorney Hilary Fraser from the law firm of Miller Mayer LLP in Ithaca, New York. This workshop is sponsored by the Office of International Student and Scholar Services.

5. H-1B Visa Issues are at the Forefront This Week

Our readers who are familiar with the H-1B “specialty occupations” visa know that Monday April 1, 2013 will be the first day that H-1B petitions subject to the visa “cap” or limit can be submitted by employers to US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) to hire foreign nationals with bachelor’s degrees or higher for the new federal fiscal year. The fiscal year starts October 1, 2013. So, it is on April 1 that all “cap-subject” H-1B petitions with start dates of October 1, 2013 will begin to be processed by USCIS.

The April 1 date is watched closely each year, because the available number of H-1B visas is always used before the year ends. USCIS anticipates that they will exhaust the supply of H-1B visas in the very first week that they accept applications.

For full details, please refer to the portal links below, which are from the US Citizenship and Immigration Services website.

General Information on H1-B
http://www.uscis.gov/h-1b_count

6. Pre-Registration for the Fall 2013 Semester

The Registrar’s Office has posted the Fall 2013 Schedule of Classes on BU Brain It can be viewed as a grid schedule of classes and as a detailed schedule of classes. The online schedule is the most up to date and accurate source of course information and is the only published version of the Schedule of Classes.

Students with outstanding financial obligations and students who haven't complied with health requirements to the Health Service office will be blocked from registering. Students can also view their account balances and pay any outstanding debts through BU Brain.

Accessing your schedule: You can view and print your schedule online by logging into the BU BRAIN. Room assignments shown online are the most accurate and up to date, but know that these assignments are subject to change.

Credit limit: The maximum number of credits you may register for are listed by student level and term at http://registrar.binghamton.edu/registration.htm If you seek to register for more than the stated limit, please follow your school's procedure for petitioning for an overload (see http://bulletin.binghamton.edu).

7. Important Notice From Student Accounts Regarding Fall 2013 Pre-Registration

Any outstanding balance on your Student Account the must be paid or cleared at least 24 hours prior to your Fall 2013 pre-registration time. Please do not wait until the last minute to resolve any outstanding debts in order to ensure that you will be able to register at your priority time. You can view and/or pay any balance due by visiting http://bubrain.binghamton.edu and select “Quick Pay Student Payment.”

8. Don’t Forget the April 15, 2013 Deadline for Filing Income Tax Forms

If you were present in F-1, F-2, J-1 or J-2 status in the United States during any portion of calendar year 2012 (even for just a few days) you are required to file an income tax form with the US Internal Revenue Service, even if you had no US income!

The Office of International Student and Scholar Services offers GLACIER Tax Prep free of charge to BU international students, alumni, scholars and faculty. GLACIER is a web-based income tax preparation system designed exclusively for international students, scholars and faculty who file federal forms 1040NR EZ, 1040NR and form 8843 as Non-Residents for tax purposes. GLACIER computes and prints the required federal income tax forms. You can be anywhere in the world, and as long as you have an internet connection, you can complete your tax forms.

In order to use GLACIER you must first log in. Please go to the following link and follow the detailed instructions:
http://www2.binghamton.edu/isss/taxes/glacier.html

Please note that GLACIER is designed to prepare and produce only federal non-resident forms. GLACIER does not complete state income tax forms. Please go to the following web link for details. http://www2.binghamton.edu/isss/taxes/taxsem.html

9. Physical Facilities Seeks Summer Student Employees

Physical Facilities is now accepting applications for its Summer Student Hiring Program. For more information and/or to complete the application process, visit:
http://binghamton.interviewexchange.com/jobofferdetails.jsp;jsessionid=50CA522D6884ACE6BA79D2C501ED5CC4?JOBID=38239

Questions regarding this program should be e-mailed to pfsummer@binghamton.edu. Do not call to inquire on the status of your application; all applicants selected will be contacted via e-mail.

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