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1. Together: International Student Support Group
2. You're invited: Homecoming 2017
3. Next International Coffee Hour: Friday, October 13
4. Graduating Students: How to prepare your Optional Practical Training (OPT) Application
5. International Health Insurance Team is Now Accepting Insurance Fee Waiver Requests
6. Are you working off campus? Be very careful, make sure you are working legally.


1. Together: International Student Support Group

Discussion facilitator: Dr. Sangmoon Kim, staff psychologist at University Counseling Center
When: Tuesdays, 3:30-5:00p.m.
Where: UU 124 (University Union, Room 124)

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, October 3. Weekly attendance is not required but recommended. If you have any question about the Together, please email Dr. Sangmoon Kim. Information on additional groups can be found in the attached PDF.


2. You're invited: Homecoming 2017

Binghamton University's Homecoming will be October 6 to October 8. Homecoming is an annual event designed for both alumni and current students to celebrate their Binghamton University school spirit! All enrolled students and alumni are invited to participate in Homecoming events! Organized programs will include TIER Talks, a tailgate (a traditional U.S. barbecue prior to a sporting event), the men's soccer game, and many other events.


3. Next International Coffee Hour: Friday, October 13

Good company! Complimentary refreshments! Relax at this month's International Coffee Hour, 3:30-5 p.m. Friday, October 13, in Old Union Hall. This month's sponsor is Harpur Academic Advising. October coffee hour participants will have the opportunity to learn more about the sponsor while mingling with both international and domestic students. There will be games, interactive activities, and complimentary coffee and snacks! If you have any questions about International Coffee Hour, contact Linda Torricelli, ISSS programming coordinator. All are welcome!


4. Graduating Students: How to prepare your Optional Practical Training (OPT) Application

The workshop, How to Prepare Your Optional Practical Training (OPT) Application, is recommended for international students who are graduating in December 2017. As a December 2017 graduate, you can apply for OPT authorization beginning Monday, September 25, 2017. Participants will learn how to:
*Prepare and complete all documents needed to apply to USCIS for OPT authorization
*Understand the two-step application process
*Learn how to pick an appropriate OPT start date

To better prepare for this workshop, review this OPT checklist prior to participation. The conference room door will shut at the start of this presentation. As a courtesy to other participants, please arrive on time. Event dates, times and locations can be found below.


How to Prepare Your Optional Practical Training (OPT) Application




Tuesday, October 10

1:15pm to 1:45pm

All workshops will be held at the ISSS

(Please meet at the ISSS Front Desk in OH 142)

Wednesday, October 25

11:20am to 11:50am

Wednesday, November 1

11:20am to 11:50am


Please note that space is limited. To attend this event, register on B-Engaged. You can register by selecting the circular button on the right side of the B-Engaged Event webpage that says I will be attending and then by clicking the grey button below it that reads RSVP TO EVENT. If you have any questions about this workshop or registration, please contact Linda Torricelli, ISSS programming coordinator.


5. International Health Insurance Team is Now Accepting Insurance Fee Waiver Requests

The International Health Insurance Team is now accepting requests from those that believe they meet the requirements for an international health insurance fee waiver. In order to qualify for a waiver of the fee you must:
*Meet ALL of the requirements found here.
*Upload documents as instructed here.
*Your policy submission must indicate the services that are NOT paid for under the policy, found in the "Exclusions and Limitations" section of the policy, plus the deductible charged to you.

Please note that a submission does not guarantee approval. A full review of your policy must be conducted to ensure compliance. Approved waivers are valid for one semester only. Every semester a new request must be submitted. The deadline for submission of a waiver request is October 15, 2017. No exceptions are granted


6. Are you working off campus? Be very careful, make sure you are working legally.

The majority of Binghamton University international students understand the federal immigration regulations and only work when they have authorization to work. Regulations are strict and must be obeyed.

A student might wonder if US immigration can find out if they are working without permission at a restaurant or store. The short answer is, yes, so DO NOT do it! The SEVIS database that records your entry to the United States is interfaced with the Social Security Administration, Department of Motor Vehicles, and Internal Revenue Service. There are many misconceptions about hiding employment, be sure your information is coming from a reliable source such as the ISSS or Study in the States. Working illegally has severe personal consequences for anyone who is caught. It is a truly serious violation of your visa status!

What can happen? Any unauthorized employment is a violation of your F-1 status. It is serious and potentially a deportable offense. Even if you are being paid in cash with no record of your employment or earnings, you are working illegally. If you are working illegally, stop doing so immediately!

Remember for serious immigration issues, your friends and internet blogs are not the best source of information. You need to be working with an ISSS advisor when you have questions. If you are unsure what the regulations are that govern your status and what is allowed for employment for F or J status, please ask your questions to the ISSS Office. We want you to know about the employment benefits available to you in your status. You can meet with an ISSS advisor, or email us at You can also easily find this information on the ISSS website or the Study in the States website.

You have worked very hard to come to the United States to study. Do not risk all that you have invested in that goal. Obeying the regulations that govern your visa status is your personal responsibility. If you have questions be sure to contact the ISSS or come to Advising Walk-In Hours.



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Last Updated: 11/3/17