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ISSS NEWS FOR MONDAY, 01 MAY 2018


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Contents:
1. Together: International Student Support Group
2. Traveling Soon? Obtain an Updated Travel Signature at Coffee Hour
3. Next International Coffee Hour: Wednesday, May 2
4. Thinking of Applying for Curricular Practical Training (CPT)?
5. Did You Receive A Grade of "Incomplete" in Fall 2017?
6. Registering for Less Than a Full Time Course Load for Fall 2018?
7. Are You Graduating this Semester? Check your driver's license!
8. Bus Service from JFK to Binghamton University
9. Reminder of ISSS Availability

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 121 (University Union, Room 121)

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 today, Tuesday, May 1. Weekly attendance is not required but recommended. If you have any question about the Together, please email Dr. Sangmoon Kim.

2. 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 Wednesday, May 2 from 3:30pm to 4:45pm in Old Union Hall 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.

3. Next International Coffee Hour: Wednesday, May 2

Good company! Complimentary refreshments! Relax at this month's International Coffee Hour, 3:30-5 p.m. Wednesday, May 2, in Old Union Hall. This month's sponsor is Health Promotion and Prevention Services. May 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, prizes, interactive activities and complimentary coffee, tea and cookies! Participants are also invited to celebrate students who are completing their studies this semester! If you have any questions about International Coffee Hour, contact Linda Torricelli, ISSS programming coordinator. All are welcome!

4. Thinking of Applying for Curricular Practical Training (CPT)?

If you plan to complete a paid or unpaid internship over the summer, be sure to apply for CPT in advance. Review the ISSS website for complete information on applying for CPT.

Your application needs to be complete before you submit it to the ISSS office. There are three essential elements to a successful CPT application:
1. You must be registered for at least one credit related to your employment unless the internship is a degree requirement for all students in your program. Registration for credit is required in every term of CPT authorization.
2. The Advisor's Recommendation Form for Curricular Practical Training must be completed. Be sure your advisor has signed your form and filled out the required "Remarks" section of the form.
3. You must submit an offer letter from the employer that gives the start and end date of the proposed CPT, the number of hours to be worked each week and a brief description of the duties of the position. An actual signature from your employer or supervisor must also be included on the offer letter.

All pieces of the application must be submitted before ISSS can begin processing your CPT request. Please allow 7-10 business days for processing of a complete application. If you have any questions about how to apply for CPT authorization, please review the information on the ISSS website. If you have additional concerns, contact us at intl.work@binghamton.edu.

5. Did You Receive A Grade of "Incomplete" in Fall 2017?

All students who received a grade of "incomplete" in the Fall 2017 semester have until the end of the Spring 2018 semester to turn in the required work. If the Fall 2017 coursework is not completed, or if the professor does not submit a grade change form prior to the end of the Spring 2018 semester, the Incomplete will change to "W" or withdrawn for graduate students, and to "F" or failure for undergraduate students.

If the incomplete course was being counted towards a full-time course load, the W grade means that the course was not successfully completed, and will therefore drop the student from full-time to part-time. This may mean that the F-1 or J-1 student is in violation of U.S. immigration requirements. Students who find themselves in this situation should visit ISSS advising walk-in hours.

6. Registering for Less Than a Full Time Course Load for Fall 2018?

U.S. Federal regulations require F-1 and J-1 students to register full time every fall and spring semester. International students must obtain permission from the Office of International Student and Scholar Services before dropping below a full-time course load. An F-1 or J-1 student who drops below a full course of study without the prior approval of the Office of International Student and Scholar Services will be considered out of status.

Students are eligible to apply for a Reduced Course Load authorization only under very limited circumstances. You can find more information on potential reasons and the request process on the ISSS website.

If you need to apply for Reduced Course Load Permission:
1. Click here if you need to apply for a Reduced Course Load Due to Academic Difficulty or Final Semester. You and your academic advisor will need to complete this form.
2. To Submit a Request for a Reduced Course Load Application: Login to https://is.binghamton.edu/. Click on the blue "LOGIN" button on the left side of the screen and enter your PODS username and password. Click on "Academic Services" and then "Reduced Course Load Request".
3. If you need to submit a request for a Reduced Course Load Due to a Medical Condition, log in to https://is.binghamton.edu/ and complete the online form. As part of the form, you will need to upload a doctor's letter.Click here for a sample of a doctor's letter.

7. Are You Graduating this Semester? Check your driver's license!

Students in F-1 or J-1 status are issued driver's licenses with a Temporary Visitor notation that matches the program end date on your I-20 or DS-2019. The NYS DMV will not extend the Temporary Visitor notation for F-1 students unless you have an EAD card (Form I-766) for Optional Practical Training. J-1 students must have an updated DS-2019 showing an extension for Academic Training. You will find additional information here.

If you are not applying for OPT, but are enrolling in a new program of study in the Fall 2018 semester, you may need to wait until the program start date on your new program I-20 to renew your Temporary Visitor notation.

8. Bus Service from JFK to Binghamton University

Several departments on campus have collaborated to create a bus service for students traveling from JFK to Binghamton University. This bus service is for new and continuing international students. Buses will run in late July and early/mid-August. The deadline to register for this service is July 2, 2018. Additional information can be found here. If you have any questions, please email intarriv@binghamton.edu.

9. 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 will end at 3pm on Wednesday, May 2. Please visit the ISSS Website for updates.

Special Notice Regarding ISSS Unavailability:
The ISSS will be unavailable on Wednesday, May 2 from 3:00pm to 5:00pm and all day on Monday, May 28. Thank you for your patience and please plan accordingly. Please visit the ISSS website for additional updates regarding availability.

Shift to University Summer Hours:
On Monday, May 21, the ISSS will begin to operate on summer hours. This means that the office will be open on weekdays from 8:30am to 3:45pm until Friday, August 17. On Monday, August 20, the ISSS will resume regular business hours, weekdays from 8:30am to 4:45pm.

 

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ISSS-BU is a listserv owned and managed by the Office of International Student and Scholar Services, Division of Academic Affairs, at the State University of New York at Binghamton. It is the publisher of ISSS-BU News. Permission is granted to freely distribute the information posted to this list as long as its contents remain unchanged.

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Last Updated: 6/6/18