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Current ISO Student News

Issue 8: January 17, 2018

 

Table of Contents

  1. Welcome and Welcome Back for 2018! (more)
  2. ISO Database Update and Office Closure - January 29 to February 2 (more)
  3. Reminder: Full-Time Registration Requirement (more)
  4. Getting Ready for Tax Season (more)
  5. Rochester Global Connections Rebranding Event - Friday, January 26 (more)
  6. Campus Focus: 8th Annual inspireDANCE Festival - January 20 to 26 (more)

 

Welcome and Welcome Back for 2018!

The International Services Office (ISO) would like to offer a warm welcome to the newest members of our international community at the University of Rochester! To our returning students, we wish you a wonderful new year and a good term at UR. 

As always, our staff is committed to helping you make the most of your academic program and life in the United States. Throughout the year, we hope you will feel free to contact the ISO with any questions or concerns you may have. Currently, our office is regularly open from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm, Monday through Friday. You are encouraged to make an appointment to discuss any matters in detail by phoning the office at +1 585-275-2866 or emailing questions@iso.rochester.edu. A student advisor is available for short walk-in advising every afternoon, between 2:00 pm and 4:00 pm. Students at the Eastman School of Music may visit with an ISO advisor on Tuesday and Wednesday afternoons, from 1:30 pm to 4:30 pm. You will also find extensive resources on our website and may request certain letters and services, as you need them: www.iso.rochester.edu.

If this is your first edition of “ISO Student News”, please note the email address and subject line. This is generally the best and most efficient way to keep our international students informed of important deadlines, new changes to immigration regulations, and upcoming social programs and events!! Look for future issues of ISO Student News coming twice per month.

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ISO Database Update and Office Closure - January 29 to February 2

The ISO is implementing a new database application to manage immigration records for international students, scholars, and employees. The office will be CLOSED the week of January 29 through February 2 in order to handle the transition of our current records, complete integrations with UR and government systems, and participate in mandatory staff training. You are encouraged to plan ahead if you anticipate any upcoming immigration needs. For urgent matters, please send a message to questions@iso.rochester.edu or by phone at +1 585-275-2866. These mailboxes will be monitored occasionally throughout the week. For routine issues, we will follow up with you once the office reopens on Monday, February 5. We appreciate your patience and understanding while we seek to improve our efficiencies and services to UR’s international populations and academic/administrative units. Meliora!

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Reminder: Full-Time Registration Requirement

The ISO is required to report every academic term whether all F-1 and J-1 students are maintaining a full-time course load. Please verify that you are registered for the appropriate credits this term. Full-time enrollment is 12 credits per semester, 9 credits per quarter, or equivalent registration (with certain courses or other academic activities such as a Teaching or Research Assistantship). If you need to request an authorized Reduced Course Load, you will find the necessary form online. If needed, please speak to an Immigration Advisor before you drop below your required credits. Unauthorized part-time enrollment is a violation of F-1 and J-1 student status.

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Getting Ready for Tax Season

International students who were present in the United States during any part of 2017 must comply with Federal and State tax filing requirements. All F-1 and J-1 students who are categorized as Non-Resident Aliens for Tax Purposes must file a Federal Tax Statement (Form 8843), regardless of whether any income was earned. Additionally, any student who has earned income while in the United States during 2017 may also need to file income tax forms for Federal and State earnings. Over the next several weeks, you may receive important tax forms by mail from the University, off-campus US employers, banks, or other financial institutions. Do not discard these forms! You will need to use them when preparing to file your 2017 taxes.

To help in understanding your US tax obligations, several resources will again be available to UR international students. The GLACIER software system can help to determine your tax filing category and will allow access to its tax preparation program beginning in February. More details regarding additional tax resources, including the return of ISO's GLACIER Tax Prep Assistant, will be published in future issues of ISO Student News.

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Rochester Global Connections Rebranding Event - Friday, January 26

Tea with RGC Rebranding Event
Friday, January 26
4:30 pm to 6:30 pm
Rochester Brainery, 176 Anderson Ave, Rochester, NY 14607

Join RGC for a cup of tea to celebrate the unveiling of their new logo, tagline, and website! Thanks to the input of their dedicated members, volunteers, board, and The Cause Collaborative, RGC is very excited to showcase their new brand that will further reflect their values and mission of promoting international understanding and cultural exchange.

Tea and light refreshments will be offered from 4:30 pm to 6:30 pm. Meet and mingle with RGC members, partners, and international students. At 5:00 pm, there will be a brief presentation and official unveiling of the brand. Please register in advance at teawithrgc.eventbrite.com.

Rochester Global Connections (RGC) is a community-based volunteer organization that provides services to international students and Department of State visitors in the Rochester area. The International Services Office (ISO) hosts RGC at the University of Rochester and co-sponsors most events and activities. For more information about RGC, visit their website at www.rochesterglobalconnections.org.

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Campus Focus: 8th Annual inspireDANCE Festival - January 20 to 26

8th Annual inspireDANCE Festival
January 20 to January 26
University of Rochester

The eighth annual inspireDANCE Festival will take place here on the UR campus over seven days from January 20 to January 26. The seven-day celebration of dances from cultures all over the world, organized by the Program of Dance and Movement, will feature a free UR student dance group Kickoff Concert (January 20 at 7:00 pm in Spurrier Dance Studio), salsa dancing, a featured performance by “MBDance”, and over 30 master classes in dance and movement from all over the world! You can purchase advance all-inclusive tickets for $18 in person at the Common Market at Wilson Commons now through January 20 or online at rochester.universitytickets.com until noon on Friday, January 19 (service fees apply). Tickets will also be sold at the door starting January 21 for $25. For more information and a complete schedule, visit the Program of Dance and Movement at the University of Rochester at sas.rochester.edu/dan/news-events or call + 1 585-273-5150.

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Editor: Molly Murray, Immigration Advisor