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March - April 2016 International Student Newsletter:

Tax Information, Last Day to Drop a Class, OPT Workshop, Summer Travel


Tax Information

All students with F-1 and J-1 visas are expected to submit federal and state tax information for themselves and their dependents for each year that you live in the U.S.

Each year the Center for Global Education (CGE) provides a comprehensive tax guide for international students (found here). This guide is the only tax information that CGE provides for students. If you have specific questions or need individual tax assistance, please contact the resources listed on pages 3 and 4 of the guide.   CGE staff cannot offer individual tax advice.

If you would like assistance with your tax preparation, one option is to try an online service through a company like Sprintax.  Sprintax provides online US tax preparation assistance for international students for a fee.  If you would like to use their services, you can register online at https://www.sprintax.com/ .   Please read information about Sprintax here (including a discount code for Edgewood College students!).  

*Disclaimer: Edgewood College does not endorse Sprintax services.  We are sharing this resource as an option to help international students with their tax filing requirements.



Last Day to Drop a Class: Friday, April 1st

April 1st is the last day to withdraw from a class without receiving an ‘F’ on your transcript. 

Before you drop a class, please consider the following: 
All F-1 and J-1 visa holders must maintain full-time student status (minimum of 12 credits for undergraduates, 9 credits for Master’s level students and 6 credits for Doctoral level students).  If dropping a course will cause you to be under-enrolled, you must talk to Sara and complete the Reduced Course Load Application BEFORE dropping the course. 

Before completing a Reduced Course Load Application, do the following: 
  • Talk with your instructor to see if she/he recommends that you drop the course.
  • Talk with your academic advisor about the implications this may have on your progress towards completing your degree.
  • If you live on campus, stop by the Office of Residence Life in Predolin 215 to file a request to live on campus with part-time enrollment.
 


OPT Workshop - Last chance for Spring semester!

Thursday, April 7th; 2-3 pm in Predolin 118

The next OPT workshop will be offered in Fall 2016.

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 who were not able to attend the first workshop should attend this one. 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.


Summer Travel Plans? 

Sara will start doing travel signatures on your I-20s and DS-2019s after May 1st.

Please read the “Travel Outside the United States” section of our website here

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