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IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR NEW STUDENTS

Spring 2013

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CONTENTS:

Introduction
Visa Denial or Visa Delay
Obtaining your Binghamton University Bmail Account
Accessing Your BMail Account in China
Attention Undergraduates Who Will Live in University Housing
Travel to the United States and to Binghamton
Medical History Report and Immunization Requirements
International Student Orientation

We are pleased to be in contact with all new students admitted to Binghamton University who have provided our office with an e-mail address.

If you are receiving this message, it is because our records show that you have confirmed your intentions to enroll at Binghamton University for the Spring 2013 semester. If we do not have correct information, and you do NOT plan to attend Binghamton, please advise us by replying to this message.

INTRODUCTION!

We are writing to you now for several reasons. First, is to let you know that you will receive a series of e-mails in the next weeks providing you with additional information about your travel, orientation and enrollment.

Our second reason for writing is to provide information on the U.S. student visa process for our new students who are outside the United States, as many of you have either already obtained your student visa or will soon be applying for one.

Our third reason is to provide you with information about your BMail (e-mail) account.

Our fourth reason is to provide our undergraduates with important information on University Housing.

Our fifth reason for writing is to inform you of the required Medical History Report, which all Binghamton University students must complete, as well as immunization requirements. More on that below.

Our sixth and final reason is to provide information on international student orientation.

Visa Denial or Visa Delay

If you have already obtained your F-1 or J-1 visa for Binghamton, first, our congratulations!

For some of you, it may be too soon for a visa appointment because your Binghamton I-20 (for F visas) or DS-2019 (for J visas) has only been sent to you recently and may not have reached you yet.

If you are outside the United States and have not yet applied for your student visa, please plan to do so as soon as possible. Late December and January are busy times at the US embassies and consulates world wide, there can be long waits for appointments at certain US visa posts, and it is important for you to have your visa in time to arrive and begin orientation and registration activities on January 23, 2013 (January 21, 2013 for exchange students, and January 22, 2013 for Dual Diploma students from Turkey. To check on waiting times for a visa appointment at the US consulate or embassy nearest you, visit the following link:

http://travel.state.gov/visa/temp/wait/wait_4638.html

All students should be sure to review the printed information included with your Binghamton I-20 or DS-2019, titled “Important Visa and Travel Information for New International Students.” This information can also be viewed on line at:

http://www2.binghamton.edu/isss/publications/preinfo.html

We are hearing positive visa news from many newly admitted international undergraduate and graduate students who started the visa process early and have obtained their visas.

Despite this, a small number of students may have their visa applications denied. The most common reason for visa denial is failure to prove sufficient ties to your home country, and failure to provide sufficient evidence of financial support. The visa officer must verbally inform you of the reason for the visa denial. If your visa is denied, please send an e-mail message to isss@binghamton.edu and provide the date and location of your visa interview, and details regarding the reason given by the visa officer for the denial.

Much more common than a visa denial is a visa delay. This is why it is so important to apply for your visa EARLY!

Similar to a visa denial, the visa officer must verbally inform you of the reason for the visa delay, which is sometimes referred to as “administrative processing.” If your visa is delayed, please send an e-mail message to isss@binghamton.edu and provide the date and location of your visa interview, and details regarding the reason given by the visa officer for the delay.

ISSS wishes all new international students success with their visa applications! Please let us know if you encounter any difficulties or delays.

Obtaining Your Binghamton University B-Mail Account

Binghamton University email accounts are referred to as “B-Mail.” A permanent B-Mail account has been established for your personal use and for you to receive official campus information. Many of you have already claimed your BU e-mail.

For those of you who have not, you should claim your B-Mail address now. Important information will be sent to your B-Mail account. Tell your friends and family your new e-mail address! You can access your e-mail account from anywhere by using the Internet address http://bmail.binghamton.edu

If you have not yet claimed your email account, go to:

http://www2.binghamton.edu/self-service/loginhelp.html and follow the instructions for new students and “all” students. If you are still having difficulty, contact BU’s ITS Help Desk at helpdesk@binghamton.edu

Accessing Your BMail Account in China

Some new BU students from China who are in China currently are finding that they cannot log into their B mail account from http://bmail.binghamton.edu. This is because B mail is powered by GoogleMail, and access to various Google application services may be affected in China.

There is an alternative link to access BMail from China, provided by BU’s Office of Information Technology Services. Use this link: https://mail.google.com/a/binghamton.edu

Attention Undergraduates Who Will Live in University Housing

If you are an undergraduate incoming student and want to live on campus, you must complete the on-line housing request form at http://reslife.binghamton.edu/housing

Please note that on-campus housing for transfer students is not guaranteed, so it would be in your best interest to complete the request form as soon as possible.

The Office of Residential Life has already begun to make housing assignments; you will receive a confirmation of your assignment via your BU email address in early January.

You will be able to move into your on-campus room on Thursday, January 24, 2013; or if you are attending New Student Orientation, you will be allowed to move into your on-campus room on Wednesday, January 23rd.

NOTE: The residence halls will CLOSE for Spring Break March 23 through April 1, 2013. If you need on campus housing during this time, you must request BREAK HOUSING when you apply for housing. Break Housing is offered (depending on space availability) in the apartment housing in Hillside and Susquehanna Communities as well as Delaware Hall in Newing College, Mohawk Hall in College-in-the-Woods, and Windham Hall in Mountainview College.

If you requested break housing when you originally completed your on-line housing application, you’re all set; we will make sure to assign you appropriately. However, if you did not and now realize you will need break housing, please contact The Office of Residential Life at reslife@binghamton.edu immediately.

Much more information about on-campus housing is available at http://www2.binghamton.edu/res-life/future-students/index.html

Travel to the United States and to Binghamton

Students entering the United States on an “initial entry” I-20 or a “begin a new program” DS-2019 may arrive as early as 30 days prior to the January 23, 2013 start date (January 21, 2013 for exchange students, and January 22, 2013 for Dual Diploma students from Turkey) on their I-20 or DS-2019. However, all new students for Spring 2013 must enter the United States no later than the January 23, 2013 start date (January 21, 2013 for exchange students, and January 22, 2013 for Dual Diploma students from Turkey) which is the start date of new student orientation and registration activities at Binghamton. We expect to see you on or before that date. A new student cannot enter the United States after the start date on their I-20 or DS-2019. If you have encountered difficulties that will delay your arrival, you must let the ISSS know in advance by sending an e-mail message to isss@binghamton.edu explaining your circumstances.

Medical History Report

“THINGS YOU NEED TO DO BEFORE YOU CAN REGISTER”

Your ability to register for classes and eligibility for financial aid and campus housing depend on your compliance with the health requirements noted below. These requirements MUST be fulfilled upon your arrival in Binghamton and prior to your registration for classes:

  • Proof of immunity to Measles, Mumps and Rubella for all students born on or after January 1, 1957.
  • Completion of the Meningitis response form
  • Completion of the Tuberculosis Screening Form and PPD (tuberculin skin test – if indicated)

The required forms can be downloaded at

http://www2.binghamton.edu/health/new-students.html

Decker Student Health Services Center at Binghamton University can provide the required vaccination for Measles, Mumps and Rubella (one vaccine covers all three) AND the tuberculin skin test at no charge to you. It is strongly recommended, but not required, that you obtain a physical exam. Since this service is not offered on campus it is best to obtain at home prior to your arrival. It can be very expensive off campus and your insurance may not cover it.

You may mail, fax or submit as an e-mail attachment your forms to:

Decker Student Health Services Center
Binghamton University
Box 6000
Binghamton, New York 13902-6000
Fax 607-777-2881

Health.forms@binghamton.edu

Please direct any questions you may have to Health Services at 607-777-2221 or by email to health.services@binghamton.edu. Business hours are Monday through Friday, 8 am – 4:45 pm (8am - 3:45 pm December 24, 2013 through January 18, 2013).

International Student Orientation

International Student Orientation will begin Wednesday, January 23, 2013. New undergraduate international students will be able to meet with academic advisors and register for classes as part of the International Student Orientation program; those meetings and registration will be on January 23 and 24. Graduate students will meet with their department advisors and register for classes on Thursday and Friday, January 24 and 25. Watch this link for updated information on International Student Orientation, coming soon! http://www2.binghamton.edu/isss/orientation/index.html

We look forward to welcoming you in January.

Sincerely,
Ms. Ellen H. Badger, Director

Last Updated: 8/28/14