From: International Student Services
Date: March 25, 2020
Subject: ISS News, March 25, 2020: New Tax Filing Deadline, OPT & CPT Workshops, Seminar in Culture, Photo Contest, Graduate Student Appreciation Week, & More!


March 25, 2020


in this issue:

  1. OPT & CPT Workshops
  2. Campus Events
  3. Commencement Registration is Open
  4. US Border with Mexico and Canada Closed to Non-Essential Travel
  5. Tax Information for 2019- New Filing Deadline of July 15, 2020
  6. ISS Website- Coronavirus (COVID-19) Updates
  7. Featured Events
  8. Changes in OH BMV Services


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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ISS' Website-
Coronavirus (COVID-19) Updates

The Office of International Student Services (ISS) understands the ongoing coronavirus (COVID-19) situation has many implications for Case Western Reserve University's international students.  We have created a webpage where we are compiling answers to questions and other important information to help our students transition to remote learning.  We will update this website as needed.  Please review the content there regularly.

While ISS staff will be working remotely until further notice, we want to assure you that we are here to support you.  Please continue to contact us with your questions through email at, connect with us through virtual advising, and request appointments as needed.

We hope you stay safe, stay healthy, and stay in touch with us!

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US Borders with Mexico and Canada Closed 
to Non-Essential Travel

Education and work in the United States are considered essential travel!  Click to read more information about entering the United States from Canada or Mexico.

OH BMV logo

Many OH BMV Services will be Unavailable While Stay-at-Home Order is in Effect.

Effective March 19, the Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles (BMV) closed many locations and discontinued many services.  Please visit the OH BMV's website for more information.

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Tax Deadline Extended to July 15, 2020
Sprintax Still Available to Help You File

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:

If by now, you haven't received your W-2 from CWRU, contact Payroll at If you were authorized to work for another employer, you should contact their payroll department.

For more information regarding the 1098-T, please visit Financial Services website to download the Nonresident Alien 1098-T Request Form.

1042-S forms will be prepared by mid-March and sent to students by Payroll. Please contact Payroll if you have questions about the issuance of your 1042-S.

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

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three students dressed in regalia at CWRU commendement

Commencement Registration is Open

Planning to walk in Commencement?

Do not forget to apply to graduate in SIS, register to attend commencement, purchase a cap and gown, etc. 

Visit the Commencement website for more information.

Featured Events

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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


Campus Events

Spoken English Seminars

Save the Date


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)