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  1. Traveling Soon? Obtain an Updated Travel Signature at Coffee Hour
  2. Next International Coffee Hour: Tomorrow!
  3. Together: International Student Support Group
  4. Reminder of ISSS Availability
  5. Binghamton in the City Week 2017
  6. Not Returning to Binghamton for Spring 2017? Remember to Comply With Federal Regulations


1. Traveling Soon? Obtain an Updated Travel Signature at Coffee Hour

All Binghamton University international students are reminded to check their most recent SEVIS I-20 or SEVIS DS-2019 to be sure they have an updated travel signature from the ISSS. If the travel signature (on the bottom of Page 2 of the I-20, or in the lower right hand section of Page 1 of the DS-2019) will be more than 12 months old when you return to the United States to resume classes in the Spring, you will need an updated signature BEFORE you travel.  ISSS staff will be available at the upcoming International Coffee Hour on Friday, December 2nd from 3:30pm to 4:30pm in The Undergrounds to issue updated travel signatures.  If you need a new travel signature on your document you will want to bring to Coffee Hour your SEVIS I-20 or SEVIS DS-2019, passport and student visa.  We can then sign your SEVIS I-20 or SEVIS DS-2019 for you.”

2. Next International Coffee Hour: Tomorrow!

Good company! Complementary refreshments! Relax by coming to this month's International Coffee Hour from 3:30-5 p.m. Friday, December 2, in the Undergrounds. (The Undergrounds is located on the ground floor of the Union, near the campus post office and is easily accessed via staircase next to the coffee shop in the Tillman Lobby.)  This month's sponsors are the executive vice provost for international initiatives and chief global affairs officer and the Office of International Education and Global Initiatives.  December Coffee Hour participants will have the opportunity to learn more about the sponsor while mingling with both international and domestic students. Participants are also invited to celebrate students who are completing their studies this semester. Congratulations to the class of 2016!

International Coffee Hour strives to be a space where the entire Binghamton University community, including international students, U.S. students, faculty/staff and community members are welcome. The coffee hours are informal and provide an opportunity to meet and learn more about each other in a relaxed atmosphere. They are usually held from 3:30-5 p.m. on the first Friday of every month during the academic year. All are welcome!

If you have any questions about International Coffee Hour, contact Linda Torricelli, ISSS programming coordinator.

3. Together: International Student Support Group

Discussion facilitator: Dr. Sangmoon Kim, staff psychologist at University Counseling Center
When: Tuesdays, 3:30-5:00p.m.
Where: ISSS Conference room, LSG 552 (Ground floor of Bartle Library building)

Hello international students at Binghamton University! You are warmly invited to the Together: International Student Support Group. You will meet fellow international students. Together aims to promote international students’ social interaction and sense of belonging as well as academic success. You can practice and enhance your English skills. We will meet most Tuesdays; our next meeting is Tuesday, December 6, 2016. Weekly attendance is not required but recommended.  Please note that Tuesday, December 13 will be the final meeting of the Fall 2016 semester.  If you have any question about the Together, please email Dr. Sangmoon Kim.

4. 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.

Special Notices:
The ISSS will be unavailable, Friday, December 2 from 3:00pm to 5:00pm and Tuesday, December 6 from 3:00pm to 5:00pm.  Thank you for your patience and please plan accordingly.  Please visit the ISSS website for updates.

Winter Hours:
On Monday, December 19, the ISSS will begin to operate on winter hours.  This means that the office will be open on weekdays from 8:30am to 3:45pm until Friday, January 13.  On Monday, January 16 the ISSS office will be unavailable for the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day holiday.  On Tuesday, January 17, the ISSS will resume regular business hours, weekdays from 8:30am to 4:45pm.

Holiday Curtailment Period:
The Office of International Student and Scholar Services, along with most other university offices, will be participating in what is traditionally known at the University as the "holiday curtailment" period. The official holiday curtailment starts at the close of business on Friday, December 23, 2016 with ISSS resuming standard hours of operation on Tuesday, January 3, 2017. During this period, there will be no mail delivery into or out of offices, ISSS staff will not be on-campus, and voice mail and e-mail will be monitored periodically. Please plan ahead if you need ISSS services prior to the holiday break.

5. Binghamton in the City Week 2017

Join us for Binghamton in the City Week 2017; January 9-13! In addition to Employer Site Visits, this week of programming will feature multiple events such as Ice Skating in Bryant Park and Metro Connections Night. Additional information on all scheduled events, as well as registration information can be found here. New this year, we are featuring a bus from Binghamton's Campus to New York!   You must pre-register for all events you wish to attend.

6. Not Returning to Binghamton for Spring 2017? Remember to Comply With Federal Regulations

Students not returning to Binghamton University for the Spring 2017 semester need to complete a departure form with the ISSS, unless they will be on optional practical training. The departure form can be completed here

Those needing to complete a departure form include:
*those who are graduating in Fall 2016 but who will not be pursuing optional practical training
*exchange students who are completing their programs
*those who have decided to stop their Binghamton studies and either return to their home country or transfer to a new U.S. school
*anyone withdrawing or terminating their studies as of the end of the Fall 2016 semester


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Last Updated: 1/10/17