From: Marielena Maggio
Date: March 9, 2022
Subject: ISS News, March 9, 2022: Support Space, think[box] Welcome Fund, Good Vibes, and More


March 9, 2022


in this issue:

  1. ISS is OPEN During Spring Break
  2. Support Space at UH&CS
  3. OPT & CPT Workshops
  4. Tax Information for 2021 Filing Year
  5. Features
  6. Campus Happenings
  7. Good Vibes Only


ISS Staff is available to students, without an appointment, on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday during advising hours:

11am to 1pm- through virtual advising available online

1pm to 3pm- through in-person advising in the office

There are no advising hours on Wednesday.


If you need to speak with an advisor outside of our advising hours, please send an email to to schedule an appointment. Please provide your full, legal name and a brief description of the nature of your appointment when you contact us.

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It's Spring Break- ISS is OPEN

While we hope you're resting, relaxing, and enjoying your Spring Break, please know that ISS is open and staff members are available during regular advising hours if you need us.

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Support Space at UH&CS

Support Space University Health & Counseling Services has been actively monitoring current events as they unfold in Ukraine. We acknowledge that members of our community may have families and/or cultural ties to that region, and that this is a difficult and emotional time for many.

UH&CS will provide additional support to students during this time through Support Spaces. Support Space sessions are virtual, one-on-one, 30 minute, confidential consultations with professionals from Counseling Services.

As always, students can also access our 24/7 Counselor on call at 216.368.5872 and 24/7 virtual mental health support through Talk Now at

A Zoom link will be sent after registration.
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OPT & CPT Workshops

ISS is offering Optional Practical Training (OPT) and CPT Workshops to go over in detail the application process, student responsibilities, and other important considerations.

Being well informed before applying for either authorization is extremely important and applying early is critical!

USCIS is publishing that it takes 3-5 months to process submitted OPT applications. Plan to complete a required OPT workshop as early as possible to be best prepared. Remember, you do not need to have a job offer to apply for OPT!

You do need to have a job offer before applying for CPT authorization and you are not eligible to begin your experience until you have proper authorization in place. It can take several days to become authorized.

Virtual workshops led by an advisor have been scheduled and information about required registration, attendance, and the application process can be found on our website under the OPT and CPT sections.

Tax Information for 2021 Filing Year

Tax Deadline in April: Forms & Sprintax Availablity

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, which you are legally required to file to the Internal Revenue Service.  ISS has arranged free access to Sprintax for your federal tax filing needs.

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 1.
  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 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 and if you have any questions, the Sprintax team will be happy to help via their 24/7 live chat function or email ISS staff members cannot advise you on your questions, which is why we partner with the experts at Sprintax.

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Sprintax Offers Tax Webinars to Prepare for Tax Filing Season 2021

ISS partners with the tax experts at Sprintax who offer tax filing services to international students that are considered non-resident aliens for tax purposes. The Sprintax team will be hosting a series of free open tax webinars to provide helpful information around non-resident tax filing obligations.

You can find the details and registration links below for each:  The informational webinars will cover the same topics on each occasion:
  • An overview of tax for nonresident students and scholars
  • Who must file a 2021 US tax return
  • What income forms students may receive
  • Forms that need to be completed and sent to the IRS
  • Terms like FICA, ITIN, and Form 1098-T
  • What happens if students don’t file or misfile
  • State tax returns
  • Sprintax overview
Sprintax also released a new blog, How to Prepare for the 2021 US Tax season, which you are welcome to view.
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Back by popular demand…

Sprintax is offering users the chance to win a $500 Amazon Gift Card along with some cool Sprintax merch.

For your chance to win this amazing prize, all you have to do is show Sprintax a photo of where in the world you’re filing your US taxes from.

Visit Sprintax's Instagram page for full details


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Campus Happenings

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think[box] Welcome Fund

CWRU students can receive up to $50 of materials to use at Sears think[box] for personal projects through our new Welcome Fund (recently extended, available while funding lasts). Try out 3D printing or create projects like a customized acrylic nameplate or wooden pencil cup with no cost for materials!

Learn more about how to use the fund and what projects/materials are eligible on our website.

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Check Out a Career Workshop Series Designed for Humanities Students

The Humanities@Work program continues with these workshops offering foundational skills needed to thrive in today's job market.

These workshops are designed to benefit students at all stages of their undergraduate studies—whether you are a graduating senior who is looking to improve your networking skills, a junior preparing for medical school interviews, or a rising sophomore who is searching for a summer internship.

The career workshop series will be held in-person. Although you will benefit from attending as many of these workshops as possible, students can attend any combination of events within the series.

Food and refreshments will be served at each workshop, so register in advance for the workshops you want to attend. If you have any dietary restrictions, email the event organizers.

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Spartan Toastmasters Open House

The CWRU Spartans Toastmasters invite the Case Western Reserve University and University Circle communities to an open house to meet members and learn more about the organization.

Spartans Toastmasters are dedicated to helping members improve their public speaking and leadership skills. This year’s open house will be held virtually Thursday, March 17, at 6 p.m., with the theme “Luck of the Spartans.”

Visit the CWRU Spartans Toastmasters website for more details, including how to access the Zoom link.

Good Vibes Only

During this very challenging time, ISS staff wants you to know that we are thinking about you- hoping you are safe, healthy, staying positive- and sending out good vibes!

In this section, we are including some things that we hope will make you laugh and smile, help you relax, be entertaining, give you something to do, etc.

This is a good vibes only section!

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