ISSS-BU NEWS FOR TUESDAY, 02  AUGUST 2016


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Contents

1. Reminder of ISSS Availability

2. Health Insurance To Change Name to GeoBlue

3. Don’t Become a Victim of a Phone Scam!

4. Important Information for Students on Approved 17 Month STEM Extension

5. This Weekend: Spiedie Fest 2016

6. U.S. Resume Programs in August

7. Arrival of New International Students

 

1. Reminder of ISSS Availability

Advising Walk-In Hours:

The office of International Student and Scholar Services holds walk-in advising hours on Mondays and Tuesdays from 10:00am to 11:45am and Wednesdays and Thursdays from 1:30pm to 3:30pm.  Please be advised that ISSS advising walk-in hours are cancelled for Thursday, August 11, Monday, August 15 and Tuesday, August 16. ISSS walk-in hours will resume as scheduled on Wednesday, August 17.  Please visit the ISSS Website for updates.

Special Notice Regarding ISSS Unavailability:

The ISSS will be unavailable on Tuesday, August 2 from noon to 1:30pm, Wednesday, August 10 from 11:30am to 1:30pm, Friday August 12 from 8:30am to 10:30am, and Monday, August 15 from 8:30am to 11:00am and then from 3:00pm onward.  Regular business hours will resume Tuesday, August 16 at 8:30am.  Please visit the ISSS website for additional updates regarding availability.

Shift to University Academic Year Office Hours:

The ISSS is currently on summer hours and open on weekdays from 8:30am to 3:45pm.  On Monday, August 22, the ISSS will begin to operate on academic year office hours. This means that the office will be open on weekdays from 8:30am to 4:45pm.   Please visit the ISSS Website for updates.

2. Health Insurance To Change Name to GeoBlue

Beginning August 15, 2016, HTH Worldwide, the international insurance company providing health insurance coverage for Binghamton University’s international students and scholars will become the GeoBlue International Health Insurance.

When students are enrolled in the international health insurance plan after August 15, 2016, they will find many positive changes to the program. The program will be called GeoBlue International Health Insurance, insurance ID cards will have the GeoBlue name and emblem on them and the student website will be located at www.geobluestudents.com.

The date all international students will be enrolled in the new GeoBlue program is not yet known, however it is expected to be shortly after international orientation for new students and the week after for the last add/drop date for academic classes for returning students.

Please check for more updates in the weeks to come regarding the transition to GeoBlue.  If you have  need for medical care before August 15th contact the ISSS office for guidance. If you have a medical emergency please do not delay seeking medical assistance. Contact the ISSS office at intl.insure@binghamton.edu the next appropriate business day after your emergency is resolved, or call us at 607-777-2510.

3. Don’t Become a Victim of a Phone Scam!

Recently we became aware that Binghamton University international students have received phone calls from someone claiming to be from the IRS.  The students were told that there was a criminal issue against their social security number and that specific tax rules had been violated, and then they were asked for personal information and/or payment.  Please beware and DO NOT FALL VICTIM TO THIS SCAM! 

If contacted via phone, you should immediately be suspicious.  Ask for the person's full name, agency, and reporting office, and for a government telephone number to call the person back.   They will probably tell you that your only opportunity is at the time of the call and that you have to take action now.  Don’t believe them.  Never release personal information over the phone, and be aware that a government agency would never go about any formal proceedings with a phone call.  Should you ever get any requests in print, please bring them to ISSS immediately and we will review them and advise accordingly.

USCIS wants to stop immigration services scams. More information about common scams and about how to report such scams can be found on the USCIS Website.

4. Important Information for Students on Approved 17 Month STEM Extension

Students on approved 17 Month STEM Extension are eligible to apply for the additional 7-Month STEM OPT Extension only if the following two conditions are met:

  1. You have at least 150 days remaining on your current EAD card at the time USCIS receives your application
  2. USCIS must receive your complete 7-Month STEM OPT Extension application no later than August 8, 2016. If your application is received by USCIS after that date, it will be automatically denied.

Students who wish to apply for 7-Month STEM OPT Extension must submit the online application to our office here as soon as possible to meet the deadline for applying with USCIS.

If you have any questions or concerns, please email intlwork@binghamton.edu.

5. This Weekend: Spiedie Fest 2016

Spiedie Fest is this Friday, August 5 through Sunday, August 7 in Otsiningo Park.  There are rides, spiedies (locally famous sandwiches), concerts and a market to enjoy as you watch dozens of hot air balloons depart from the park!  For additional information, please click here.

6. U.S. Resume Programs in August

This month, the Fleishman Center for Career and Professional Development in partnership with ISSS will offer weekly U.S. Resume programs. In this program you will learn the necessary components to draft a strong U.S. style resume.  Please note that there is limited space and seats will be available on a first come first serve basis. The program will be offered on the following dates:

  • Tuesday, August 9, 12pm, UU133A
  • Thursday August 18, 12pm, UU133A

7. Arrival of New International Students

If you happen to meet a new international student prior to Wednesday, August 10, please be sure to direct them to the ISSS (Bartle Library, Ground Floor, Room 500) during regular business hours.  New students should bring their immigration documents (Passport, Visa and I-20/DS-2019).  The ISSS is recording new student arrivals and distributing helpful early arrival information.  After August 10, you should encourage new students to check-in with ISSS during their scheduled orientation dates.

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