From: International Student Services
Date: April 8, 2020
Subject: ISS News, April 8, 2020: Graduate Student Appreciation Week, Global Citizen Awards Unveiling, Tax Information, H-1B Information, Beware of Scams, & More!


April 8, 2020


in this issue:

  1. Tax Information for 2019- New Filing Deadline of July 15, 2020
  2. OPT & CPT Workshops
  3. Beware of Scams!
  4. Featured Events
  5. Campus Events
  6. CircleLink Service Changes Due to COVID-19
  7. H-1B Information
  8. Record Your Words of Encouragement for Campus Community
  9. Continue Advancing Your Career Plans


ISS Staff is available to students, without an appointment, on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday during virtual advising hours,11am to 3pm.

There are no virtual advising hours on Wednesday.

Appointments through Zoom or by phone can be requested by emailing Please provide your full-name and a brief description of the nature of your appointment when you contact us.
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Tax Deadline Extended to July 15, 2020
Sprintax Still Available to Help You File

If you haven’t filed your taxes for 2019 yet, it’s not too late.  ISS makes Sprintax available to help you.

Sprintax is a tax-return-preparation software program designed primarily for international students and other educational visa holders. It can help you prepare your U.S. federal income tax return and assist you in preparing Form 1040NR or 1040NR-EZ.

You may access Sprintax and begin preparing your tax return by following these steps:

  1. Register and follow the simple instructions
  2. Complete the online questionnaire
  3. Enter Case Western Reserve University’s unique code.  This code was sent to you via email on February 12.
  4. Sprintax will prepare your tax return

If Sprintax determines that you are required to file state taxes, you will have the opportunity to prepare those state taxes. You are not required to use Sprintax to file state taxes but, remember, it is your responsibility to comply with the law and properly file all taxes.

If you have any questions, the Sprintax team will be happy to help via their 24/7 live chat facility.

In response to the effects of COVID-19 and the cancellation of many onsite tax support services, Sprintax is also offering this 35 minute tax webinar, which explains the core tax obligations for international students. Please use the link to access the video:

For more information, visit our Information on Filing Taxes page.

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Record Your Words of Encouragement for Campus Community

Now more than ever, it’s important to connect as a Case Western Reserve community. So we are looking for 15- to 30-second videos from faculty, staff, alumni or even students featuring messages of positivity and encouragement—to our students, but also to all members of our campus community.

Participation is easy—and quick. Simply:

  1. Film a vertical video for Instagram stories.
  2. Keep your video short and sweet; no more than 30 seconds.
  3. Include your name, title and department or affiliation.
  4. Submit your video to or text us at 216.647902.

Interested, but need a little assistance? Email and our social media manager will be in touch.

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Continue Advancing Your Career Plans

You might be wondering how to plan if you are considering what to do over the summer or about to graduate. Some employers have halted or shifted hiring timelines and changed the way they are recruiting potential candidates. There are ways you can continue to gain new skills, build your professional network and prepare for your next career move.

Annabel Khouri, international student and employer engagement specialist, is available if you need additional assistance or want to discuss your specific circumstances. Contact Annabel via email at

Post-Graduate Planning and Experiential Education is also open for appointments and new time blocks have been added to accommodate students in different time zones. Use My Journey to schedule a phone or Zoom appointment with a career consultant or pre-professional advisor.

Additionally, you can visit the virtual Career Lab for drop-in appointments.

You can find more career planning resources here.

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Beware of Scams

During the spring, particularly around tax time and university commencements, scams are common. 

ISS wants to make sure that international students are aware of these scams and know how to protect themselves.  Visit our website for more information. (need URL Updated)

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CircleLink Service Changes Due to COVID-19

Due to health precautions related to COVID-19, starting Saturday March 28th, CircleLink weekend service will be suspended until further notice.  Visit the Alerts page for more information.

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H-1B Initial Electronic Registration Selection Process Completed

For more information, visit the H-1B Electronic Registration Process page.

Featured Events


Enter the 2020 Study Abroad Photo Contest!

Monday, February 17 at 8:00am
to Wednesday, April 15 at 11:55pm, Center for Intl Affairs, Tomlinson 143 (7031) Case Western Reserve Univ 10900 Euclid Ave., Cleveland, Ohio 44106, United States
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Do you have amazing photographs of your experience studying abroad with CWRU? Share them with us to help encourage other CWRU students to study abroad and win prizes!

Overall Winner: $75
The World is Your Classroom: $75
Cultural Experience: $50
Spartans Abroad: $50
Scenery: $50
Facebook’s Most Likes: $50

Check out the contest details & submit your photos here:


To take part in this contest you must be a CWRU student who studied abroad during:

Spring Semester 2019
Spring (May Abroad) 2019
May Term 2019
Summer, Summer I or Summer II 2019
Fall Semester and Academic Year 2019
Winter Break 2019-2020
Spring Break 2020
Spring Semester or Calendar Year 2020



Global Citizen Awards Ceremony

Thursday, April 23
2:00pm - 2:30pm
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The Global Citizen Awards honor outstanding students, faculty or staff, campus partners and student organizations that enhance the international student experience, create a sense of community and champion internationalization at Case Western Reserve University.

Typically, the winners of the awards are announced at the Center for International Affairs' International Achievement Luncheon. Since we are unable to host that event this year, we will be announcing the winners in a virtual ceremony on Thursday, April 23 at 2:00 pm EST. Details will be on our Facebook page:

We hope the Case Western Reserve campus community joins us to celebrate the winners and recognize them for their contributions.

For more information about the awards and the categories, visit:


Campus Events


Graduate Student Appreciation Week (GSAW)

Monday, April 6 at 8:00am
to Saturday, April 11 at 11:00pm
Case Western Reserve University Campus, 10900 Euclid Ave, Cleveland, Ohio 44106, United States
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Graduate Student Appreciation Week (GSAW)