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Walk Across America with ISSS - April 1-30!

Walk Across America image and link to flyerStart our month-long trek across this country without ever leaving Albany! During the month of April, count the number of steps you take each day and total them up at the end of the week. We will combine your steps with everyone's totals and convert them into miles (2200 steps = 1 mile). Let’s see how far our feet would take us from UAlbany to Los Angeles. The more people who get involved, the farther and faster we will go.

Just log in once a week and give us your total number of steps walked. We will plot the course on a map, which you can find in the Campus Center near the food court. We will also send weekly “postcards from the road” to give you information about the locations we have reached along our trek. 

Use your own smartphone pedometer app or get one of a limited number of free pedometers, courtesy of Campus Recreation on Thursday, March 31st 3:30 to 5PM at the Science Library Atrium at our kickoff event!

Log your steps here.

DHS Lengthens OPT STEM Extension

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) published this week a final rule lengthening STEM OPT for qualifying students from 17 months to 24 months as well as adding other provisions and requirements. This final rule is set to go into effect May 10th, 2016. Our office will communicate further details about the OPT STEM related final rule in upcoming newsletters, emails and OPT workshops. Please check with us again for more information.

If you would like to read information from DHS please check out:
https://studyinthestates.dhs.gov/stem-opt-hub.

Tax Information for International Students & Scholars

Image of tax formsAll international students and scholars who were in the US in 2015 must submit a tax form. The form(s) you submit depend upon your individual situation.

Carefully read through our Tax Information Sheet for details.

Quick Links:

Image indicating Don't use Turbo tax if you're an international StudentImportant Reminders:

  • Non-residents should not use software or tax services designed for US citizens. This would include services such are TurboTax, H&R Block, etc. These services are not designed to include the tax treaties that apply to most international students.
  • If you had income in 2015, you must get a code from ISSS if you wish to use Sprintax.
  • If you had no income in 2015, you should not use Sprintax and will complete only form 8843.
  • It is important that receive help that is appropriate to your status as a Non-resident, unless you have been in the US long enough to be considered a resident for tax purposes.
  • Tax Returns must be postmarked by midnight on April 18, 2016.
  • Form 8843 is due June 15, 2016. LCEP_ISSS_flyer.pdf

Be an International Friendship Partner next semester!

Link to International Buddy Program flyerDo you want to be part of the UAlbany multicultural community? Do you want to earn credits while having fun?

The International Friendship Partners is a series of programs designed to help both American and international students make friends with each other. Participants will also learn different cultures and languages through cultural activities. You can choose to participate in one or more programs listed below:

Part I
International Buddies Program: You will be helping new international students adjust to academic and community life at UAlbany.

Part II
Link to Language and Cultural Exchange program flyerLanguage & Cultural Exchange Program: The International Friendship Partners Program is designed to provide an opportunity for U.S. and international students to interact regularly on a small group basis outside of the classroom setting.

Part III
Community & Public Service Program: You can take RSSW 291 (2 credits) for meeting friends and doing cultural activities! Please find program syllabus in application.

For more information and apply to be an International Friendship Partner, CLICK HERE.



New U.S. CBP Automated I-94 System

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has begun its new automated I-94 arrival/departure record system. As international students, you will still receive an I-94. However, it will not be in the form of a small, white card stapled into your passport at the time of entry that many of you are used to. Instead, you will have an electronic I-94, which you will have to download and print from the CBP web site.

Please remember that ISSS needs a copy of any new documents you have been issued, including the I-94. Once you print out the new record, please provide a copy to ISSS.

Click here to retrieve your new I-94 record.