ISSS-BU NEWS FOR MONDAY, 06 July 2015


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CONTENTS:

  1. Reminder of ISSS Availability
  2. Travel Update Regarding Visa Systems Issues
  3. OPT Filing Deadline for Spring 2015 Graduates
  4. Arrival of New International Students
  5. OPT Health Insurance Rate Change
  6. Binghamton's 53rd Annual July Fest

 1. Reminder of ISSS Availability

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 note that walk-in advising hours will be canceled for Thursday, July 9. Thank you for your patience and please plan accordingly. Please visit the ISSS website for updates.

2. Travel Update Regarding Visa Systems Issues

All visa-issuing embassies and consulates are now back online, scheduling visa interviews, and issuing nonimmigrant and immigrant visas.

3. OPT Filing Deadline for Spring 2015 Graduates

Optional Practical Training (OPT) is employment authorization for international students in F-1 visa status in a job related to your academic major after graduation. You do not need a job offer to apply for OPT.

If you graduated in the Spring 2015 semester (May 17, 2015 graduation date), USCIS must RECEIVE your OPT application by Thursday, July 16. If your application is received by USCIS after this date, your application will be automatically denied.

You must submit the Academic Advisor's Form for Optional Practical Training to the ISSS Office prior to Thursday, July 9 so a new OPT I-20 can be created and to allow time to mail your OPT application to USCIS.

If you still have questions after reading the above information, please visit ISSS Walk-In Advising Hours for additional guidance. Walk-in Advising Hours are Monday and Tuesday from 10:00am – 11:45am and Wednesday and Thursday from 1:30pm-3:30pm. You can also email intlwork@binghamton.edu.

4. Arrival of New International Students

If you happen to meet a new student prior to August 15, please be sure to direct them to the office of International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) during walk-in advising hours. The ISSS is recording new student arrivals and distributing helpful early arrival information. ISSS walk-in advising hours are Mondays & Tuesdays from 10:00am to 11:45am and Wednesdays & Thursdays from 1:30pm to 3:30pm. On Friday, August 14, you may encourage students to check in at ISSS anytime between 9am and 3:30pm. After August 14, you should encourage new students to check-in with ISSS during their scheduled orientation dates.

5. OPT Health Insurance Rate Change

Every year health insurance companies adjust their rates based on changes in the insurance market, inflation, etc. This year HTH Worldwide will adjust their rates on August 15, 2015. The monthly rate for insurance will increase from $105.27 to $108.50. If you are an international student on OPT and purchase your HTH Worldwide health insurance coverage on a month to month basis, please be prepared to pay the new rate beginning August 15, 2015.

6. Binghamton's 53rd Annual July Fest

Binghamton's July Fest returns to downtown Binghamton bigger and better than ever with something for everyone – art, music, crafts, races and great food. This downtown celebration will start on July 10 and continue through July 12! Click here for additional information.

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