ISSS-BU NEWS FOR MONDAY, 07 April 2014


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CONTENTS:
1. Binghamton University Wants Your Feedback on Campus Climate!
2. Visas After Graduation PowerPoint Posted
3. Pursuit of Academic Success Group Will Not Meet April 9
4. Last Minute Instructions for Income Tax Filers
5. The Academic Success Program is currently looking for Resident Advisors
6. Would You Like To Find Employers Who Have Hired International Students?
7. Have You Submitted Your Practical Training Application Yet?

 1. Binghamton University Wants Your Feedback on Campus Climate!

Binghamton University is committed to creating an environment that is welcoming for all. As part of our roadmap to becoming the premier public university of the 21st century, the Office of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion will be conducting a Campus Climate Survey and are seeking your participation. You are cordially invited to take the survey and provide information about the campus climate to help us create a campus that promotes inclusive excellence.

The Campus Climate Survey is designed to help us evaluate the current campus climate for employees and students regarding diversity, equity and inclusion. The survey will examine the current attitudes, behaviors and standards reflecting the level of respect on campus for individual needs, abilities and potential.

The survey will provide Binghamton University and the Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion with vital information to help direct strategic initiatives and identify needed areas of growth. The survey is the first step in a journey to a truly diverse, inclusive, engaged and committed campus community.

The survey is confidential and participation is voluntary.

Follow this link to the Survey: Take the Survey

 2. Visas After Graduation PowerPoint Posted

The PowerPoint presented by Hilary Fraser at Visas After Graduation has been posted here.

 3. Pursuit of Academic Success Group Will Not Meet April 9

The Pursuit of Academic Success group will not meet Wednesday, April 9.

 4. Last Minute Instructions for Income Tax Filers

Just a helpful reminder-- the deadline for filing federal and state income tax returns is April 15, 2014. Forms filed after this deadline will still be accepted, but if you owe tax, please be aware that you may be charged an additional penalty.

Non-residents for tax purposes (F and J students and their dependents who have been in the United States for five or fewer years in that status; J scholars who have been in the United States for two or fewer years in that status), are eligible to use GLACIER Tax Prep, a free web-based tax preparation product for filing federal tax forms (New York State Forms may not be filed through the GLACIER system). If you have not yet logged into GLACIER, you may still do so following the instructions at this link.

Need more time to complete your tax filing? You may request up to a six-month extension of your filing deadline, if you complete the appropriate extension form by April 15, 2014. Click here for full details.

5. The Academic Success Program is currently looking for Resident Advisors

The Academic Success Program is currently looking for Resident Advisors to live in the residence hall, eat meals, and participate in activities with incoming International students enrolled in ASP from July 14th - August 22nd. More information on the ASP program can be found here. The application deadline is: Friday, April 11 at 4:00PM.
Click here to access the application.

Questions? E-mail: academicsuccess@binghamton.edu

6. Would You Like To Find Employers Who Have Hired International Students?

ISSS would like to remind students about the following resource: A sample listing of employers who have recently hired international students on CPT or OPT.

Please note that the employers on this list may or may not have positions available. Additionally, International students in F-1 or J-1 status must secure the necessary authorization from the International Student and Scholar Services Office before any paid or unpaid internship, externship, or job can begin.

For questions about employment authorization issues, please email intl.work@binghamton.edu.

For questions about job search strategies, you are encouraged to visit the Center for Career and Professional Development during Walk-In Hours.

7. Have You Submitted Your Practical Training Application Yet?

International students in F-1 status who will be graduating in May 2014 and plan to apply for optional practical training are reminded to file their practical training applications well in advance of the date they would like practical training to begin. Currently, the USCIS Processing Centers are taking approximately twelve weeks to process EAD cards for practical training.

In general, the ISSS recommends that practical training applications be filed at least twelve weeks (three months) in advance of the requested starting date. Your application must be received by the USCIS Lockbox Facility no later than sixty days following your degree completion. However, remember that an application filed that late will take an additional 12 weeks to process, and you cannot be employed until you have the Employment Authorization Document in hand. Applications are available here. Please allow 7 to 10 days for ISSS processing.

Questions? E-mail intl.work@binghamton.edu

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