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January 2016 International Student Newsletter:

CGE News, Health Insurance Waiver Application, Income Taxes,  Stay in Status, OPT Workshop, and Edgewood's debate team.

Welcome New International Students!

This semester we have four new students from England, Finland, Korea and Saudi Arabia. We're very happy you're here, best of luck on your studies here at Edgewood!
 
Health Insurance Waiver Application 
Deadline: February 1
 
All international students are required to purchase health insurance to protect against the high cost of medical care in the U.S.  Edgewood international students are automatically enrolled in a health insurance plan with WPS and the fee is billed directly to your student account.
 
If you are enrolled in a different health insurance plan, you can apply for a health insurance waiver for the Spring 2016 semester. The application deadline is February 1 and no late waivers will be accepted.  Please note that students who are sponsored by the Saudi Arabian Cultural Mission do not need to apply for a waiver.
 
For complete details about Edgewood’s health insurance policy and the waiver application, read the Health Insurance section on the Center for Global Education Website.


Income Taxes – Important Reminders 
 
All international students must submit (“file” is the term commonly used) tax information to the U.S. government concerning themselves and their dependents each and every year that they reside in the United States.  Watch your mail carefully during this month, if you receive documents in the mail marked “IMPORTANT TAX INFORMATION,” do NOT throw them away. Save these documents because you will need them to file your annual income tax return.  The following are some of the forms you might receive:
  • W-2:  If you had income earned in the U.S. last year, you should receive a W-2 from each employer.  If you work on campus, Edgewood will have your W-2 form available in the middle of January for pick-up in the Business Office. If you don’t pick it up, they will mail it at the end of January to your permanent address on file at Edgewood.
  • 1099-MISC: If you had income earned in the U.S. last year, you may receive a 1099-MISC from your employer instead of a W-2.  
  • 1098T: If you are filing as a Non-Resident you should IGNORE the 1098-T Form since you are not eligible for any of the educational tax credits.
  • 1042-S:  If you received U.S. income last year and you are from a country that has a tax treaty with the U.S. and you filed for tax treaty benefits, or you received compensation classified as Income Code 15, you should receive a 1042-S statement. 
  • 1099-INT:  If you have an interest bearing checking or savings account and your banking institution did not know you were a non-resident last year, you should receive Form 1099-INT showing total interest earned on your account last year.
The Center for Global Education will be emailing all international students an income tax guide in February. Edgewood College staff, including Center for Global Education staff, DO NOT provide assistance or advice to students about their individual tax returns. The guide that will be released in February will provide some resources where you can get individual assistance.

Stay in Status: Important Reminders

With the start of a new semester, it can be challenging to keep track of everything – new classes, moving to a new apartment or residence hall, reconnecting with your Edgewood friends…etc. During this busy time, CGE wants to help you stay “in-status” with the regulations of your student visa. Please review these important reminders:
  • Notify CGE within 10 days of moving to a new address by submitting a personal information update on the CGE's website. You don’t need to notify the Registrar’s Office—just submit the Change of Address form to the CGE and we’ll take care of the rest!    
  • Email Sara if you change your major (your major field of study should be correctly reflected on your I-20).  If, by changing your major, you will need more time to complete your program, you should apply for an extension of your I-20.
  • If you will not complete your academic program by the completion date on your I-20, submit an Application for Extension of I-20 BEFORE the program end date.  
  • Carry a valid passport (one that will not expire in the next 6 months).


OPT Workshop: February 2
Tuesday, February 2 from 3:00-4:00 p.m. in Predolin 220
 
Optional Practical Training (OPT) is an optional benefit that students in F-1 status can apply for through the U.S. government. This opportunity for temporary employment in the U.S. must be directly related to your major area of study. Students in F-1 status who will graduate in May or August 2016 should attend the OPT Workshop on Tuesday, February 2 from 3:00-4:00 p.m. in Predolin 220.  All interested students must attend an OPT workshop before applying for OPT. 
 
For more information about OPT, read the F-1 Off-Campus Employment section on the Center for Global Education website.

 

Join Edgewood's Debate Team!

Reasons why YOU should join:

1.  In world's format debate you should be able to relate any topic to multiple places in the world.  International students give our debate team a great advantage and we actively recruit them.

2.  World's debate stresses that native English students have a burden to make themselves understood to ESL students.  Debates are judged on the quality of arguments, not knowledge of English.

3.  Debate is a great way to perfect English speaking.

4.  Understanding how to make arguments in English is a valuable business skill.

Contact Dr. Daniel Mortensen at dmortensen@edgewood.edu for more information.

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