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Current ISO Student News

Issue 13: March 16, 2015

 

 

Table of Contents

  1. Communications & Planning with ISO (more)
  2. Academic Internships & CPT Application Procedures Workshop – March 27 (more)
  3. Last Chance: Schedule Your FREE Tax Appointment Now! Tax Filing Deadline is April 15!! (more)
  4. GoinGlobal Career & Employment Resources Webinar – March 18 (more)
  5. Foreign Nationals Continue to be Targeted by Scams (more)
  6. Undergraduate Writing Contest – Deadline is March 27 (more)
  7. RGC Spotlight: George Eastman House Tour – April 11 (more)
  8. Campus FocusKorean Culture Week 2015 (more)

   

Communications & Planning with ISO

As a reminder, please consult with ISO when making significant plans that impact your program and stay at the University of Rochester.  While your academic department is a critical resource, it is important to also keep your F-1/J-1 status in mind as immigration rules may play an important part in your plans.  In some cases, students have learned about immigration requirements or processing too late and have either lost specific opportunities or created potential immigration violations by not obtaining enough information upfront!  ISO is your best University resource when immigration rules are involved.  If you wish to discuss minor questions, please take advantage of our Advisor Walk-In Hours from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm each afternoon.  More complex issues will require additional time and you should schedule an appointment in advance by calling 585-275-2866 or emailing questions@iso.rochester.edu.

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Academic Internships & CPT Application Procedures Workshop – March 27

Academic Internships & CPT Application Procedures
Friday - March 27, 2015
2:00 to 3:00 pm
207 Schlegel Hall, River Campus

If you are a current international student who is interested in pursuing an internship, then this employment workshop is for you!  This workshop will cover various work authorizations available under current F-1 and J-1 regulations, along with alternative options for those with limited eligibility, which will allow students to pursue an internship opportunity during their program of study.  This workshop will also offer detailed guidance on applying for Curricular Practical Training (CPT).

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Last Chance: Schedule Your FREE Tax Appointment Now!  Tax Filing Deadline is April 15!!

We are just one month away from the end of our current tax season!  As a reminder, international students and scholars who are present in the U.S. during any portion of 2014 must comply with Federal and State tax filing requirements.  The required forms will depend on your residency status for tax purposes, your U.S. earnings in 2014, and eligibility for any treaty benefits.  You must file your taxes by April 15th.

If you need assistance from a tax consultant, don't delay in making your FREE appointment with GLACIER Tax Prep Consultant, Rosemarie Eskes.  There are very few appointment spots remaining!  To make your appointment, please use the online Appointment Form.

If you are a student at the Eastman School of Music, please note that only River Campus appointments are available from now on as all ESM appointments have been reserved.   You may request an appointment on River Campus.

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GoinGlobal Career & Employment Resources Webinar – March 18

Do you have global career plans or ideas?  Want a trusted resource that can help you?  UR students and alumni have access to one of the largest international career resource and job posting databases in the world.  GoinGlobal career and employment resources include more than 30,000 pages of constantly updated content on topics such as world-wide job openings, internship listings, industry profiles, and country-specific career information.  Tune in for a live 1-hour web-based training session exclusively for the University of Rochester community, scheduled for 4:00PM this Wednesday, March 18!  This webinar will explain the career tools and job search resources available from GoinGlobal and offers an opportunity for attendees to submit questions about GoinGlobal's services.  To Register: http://tinyurl.com/GoingGlobalWebinar

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Foreign Nationals Continue to be Targeted by Scams

Please be aware that foreign nationals continue to be targeted by scams, including members of our University community.  These scams typically indicate that the targeted person and his/her family are in some kind of trouble with the U.S. Federal Government and they must provide money to fix the alleged problem.  These criminals are making use of pre-purchased calling cards that, when tracked by the authorities, show up as dead numbers.   Some of the callers appear to be calling from the USCIS Customer Service line (spoofing).  Some people have been asked for up to $16,000 to “fix” the alleged problem.  The people calling seem legitimate since they have I-94 numbers, social security numbers, birthdates, full names, visa status information, names of family members, and the like, but don’t be fooled.  Examples of recent scams include:  People claim they are from the IRS (Internal Revenue service) stating that the foreign national owes tax money.   Others claim to be from Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) threatening deportation.  There have even been calls to parents in China indicating that their child (student) has been kidnapped and they are requesting ransom.  REMEMBER, the USCIS would NEVER ask for money over the phone.  Hang up and report the scam to the authorities.  Please contact the ISO if you get a call like this! 

USCIS has posted the following instructions when receiving these type of phone calls:

If you receive a call like this, USCIS urges you to say "No, thank you" and hang up immediately.

USCIS never asks for any form of payment or personal information over the phone.  Do not give payment or personal information over the phone to anyone who claims to be a USCIS official.  In general, we encourage you to protect your personal information and not provide details about your immigration application in any public area.

If you have been a victim of a telephone scam, please report it to the Federal Trade Commission at https://www.ftccomplaintassistant.gov/ or report it to an appropriate state authority.  Visit www.uscis.gov/avoidscams for information on where to report scams in your state.

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Undergraduate Writing Contest  – Deadline is March 27

Consider participating in the College Writing Program's annual Undergraduate Writing Colloquium Contest!  You may submit a paper you've written in one of the following categories: humanities, social sciences, natural and applied sciences, or WRT 104/105/105E.  The prize for first place is $100 and the prize for honorable mention is $50.  You can submit your paper by email (writingcontest@lists.rochester.edu).  Please see the Contest Flyer for additional submission details or visit the Writing Program's website.  You must submit your paper by 3:00PM on March 27.  Good luck!

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RGC Spotlight: George Eastman House Tour – April 11

George Eastman House Tour
Saturday, April 11
12:00 pm to 3:30 pm
900 East Ave, Rochester, NY 14607

George Eastman House, International Museum of Photography and Film, the world’s oldest photography museum and one of the world’s oldest film archives, combines the world’s leading collections of photography and film with George Eastman's elegant mansion and gardens.  This private tour includes the photography exhibit and house tour by Docent, Josephine Perini.  Please visit RGC Events to submit your reservation.  The $5.00 cost of the tour may be paid using PayPal.

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 all events and activities.  For more information about RGC, visit their website at www.rochesterglobalconnections.org.

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Campus Focus: Korean Culture Week 2015

The ISO would like to share the following event details:

Korean Culture Week
Please look out for the Korean Culture Week events going on around campus next week, as part of Asian Heritage Month 2015.

Events sponsored by the Korean American Students' Association (KASA) and Liberty in North Korea (LiNK):

KASA Movie Night: Haeundae
Monday, March 23, 7:00PM
Meliora 203, River Campus
Come and watch a Korean movie, the Tidal Wave (해운대), on March 23rd!  A film starring Sol Kyung-gu and Ha Ji-won in a story of what will happen when a mega tsunami hits Haeundae, a popular vacation spot on the south coast of Korea.  This event is free of charge!  Sponsored by KASA.

Justin Kim's Flight for Freedom (LiNK Speaker Event)
Tuesday, March 24, 7:00PM
Dewey 1-101, River Campus
This event will offer the opportunity to hear the first hand account of Justin Kim, a North Korean refugee, about his escape and the life in the U.S. after his escape.  Tickets will be sold at the UR Common Market.  Sponsored by LiNK.

Danforth Korean Food Night
Thursday, March 26, Starting 5:00PM
Danforth Dining Hall, River Campus
KASA and Dining Services have worked together to bring you Danforth Korean Food Night on Thursday, March 26th during its regular dinner service!  All stations at Danforth will be serving Korean dishes and Korean-inspired dishes.  Come and try all of them!  UR Students can use their Meal Plans with no extra cost.


*Korea Night*
Saturday, March 28, 7:15PM
Upper Strong Auditorium, River Campus
Come and see special performances by the students of AGAPE Black Belt Center and our school's own Ramblers and Vocal Point, singing Korean songs in Korean!  Korea Night is KASA's annual cultural showcase full of fantastic student-led and community performances like K-Pop dances/songs, traditional percussion, fashion show & martial arts and a heart-touching skit that ties all the acts together.  This year's skit is based on 별에서 온 그대 (My Love from Another Star)!  Tickets sold at the Common Market: $7 for UR students and $10 for UR Community.


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Editor: Lena Ovcharov, International Student Advisor