From: VISA Office
Date: May 11, 2022
Subject: ISS News, May 11, 2022: Congratulations Graduates! ISS Availability, Tax Information, SEVP Guidance for 2022-2023, Safe Ride Services, Good Vibes, and More


May 11, 2022


in this issue:

  1. End of Semester Reminders
  2. ISSNews Summer Schedule
  3. OPT & CPT Workshops
  4. OPT & STEM OPT Students- Follow These Simple Steps for Reporting Updates
  5. Features
  6. Campus Happenings
  7. Other Opportunities
  8. Good Vibes Only
  9. Congratulation Graduates!
  10. ISS Closing Early on Fridays in June & July
  11. ISS Closed- Monday, May 30
  12. SEVP Guidance for Academic Year 2022-2023
  13. Tax Information

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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Congratulations Graduates!

ISS would like to congratulate all of the May 2022 graduates!

Be proud of all that you've accomplished.  We are!

We wish you happiness and health as you start your next big adventure!

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End of Semester Reminders

If you have thoughts about traveling abroad during the break, be sure to ask yourself these questions:

Do I need to extend my I-20 or DS-2019? If you do, read more under the Frequently Asked Questions Section. Undergraduates, be sure to list your Dean in Undergraduate Studies on your request and graduate students, you should list your academic advisor.

Do I need to transfer my F-1 or J-1 SEVIS record? If you do, read more under the Frequently Asked Questions Section.

Do I need to get a new travel signature on my I-20 or DS-2019? If you do, you can read about that process and other factors related to travel and reentry for F-1 and J-1 students.


  • be aware of all travel-related policies. Travel requirements are changing as the situation with COVID-19 evolves, including a Presidential Proclamation requiring travelers to be fully vaccinated in order to enter the US.  Be sure that you are monitoring all requirements for entry to the United States and complying with university policies related to vaccination and travel to minimize the risk of disrupting your education at CWRU. **If you have any doubts or concerns about your ability to return to the United States by the start of the next semester, ISS recommends that you consider remaining in the United States and not traveling abroad.**
  • check the validity of the visa in your passport. US Embassies and Consulates have limited services available and there could be significant delays in visa issuances. This delay could significantly affect your ability to return to the United States.
  • make sure your passport is valid at all times. Many government agencies are reducing and suspending services. Passport issuance could be an issue in your home country. Please prepare as early as possible if you need to apply for a new passport.  There are certain benefits for which F-1 students apply when they are in the United States and the agencies that oversee those benefits often require applicants to have a passport that is valid for at least 6 months into the future.

Do you have more questions that you need help answering? Get in touch with ISS staff during advising hours or by email before you leave campus.

Tax Information

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Graduating Students- Important Tax Info to Ensure You Get Your 2021 W-2

When CWRU generates your W-2 for the 2021 tax filing year, it will be sent to your Permanent Address as listed in SIS. Please take a moment to verify that your correct Permanent Address is listed in SIS (make any updates as needed by December 15) to ensure that you'll receive your W-2.

If your Permanent Address is current, but you would prefer to have your W-2 sent to another address, it is necessary for you to include that address under the W-2 Override option in SIS no later than December 15. Using the W-2 Override function will maintain the integrity of your Permanent Address information and ensure that you receive your W-2 at the different, preferred address.

Remember it is your responsibility to file taxes each year and that W-2 is a critical document for that process.

Please contact Payroll if you have questions about receiving your W-2.

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Sprintax Nonresident Tax Overview Webinar for OPT  / CPT

Sprintax will be hosting an informational webinar on May 17, 12:30pm, for anyone that is going to be working through OPT or CPT authorization in 2022 and wishes to learn more about tax principles related to employment.
Some of the topics will include:

  • Residency for tax purposes for OPT
  • Federal tax withholding and tax treaty application
  • FICA taxes
  • Tax documents OPT students might need to fill out for their employer ahead of their employment
  • A walk through of our Sprintax Forms (Formerly TDS personal) software which can assist with residency determination, tax treaty eligibility as well as generate any required pre-employment forms, such as the W-4 or 8233.

 Register here if you'd like to view the webinar.

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SEVP Guidance for Academic Year 2022- 2023

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has announced that the Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) would continue to apply its flexible guidance through the 2022-2023 academic year. As a result, international students will be able to engage in distance learning that exceeds existing regulatory limits in light of the pandemic’s ongoing public health risks and safety concerns. 

ISS' website with COVID-19 Updates now includes access to this SEVP guidance for Academic Year 2022-2023 and we will continue utilizing all of the tools and processes that we have in place to make sure that students are properly registered to maintain their status. 

If we learn or any new information, we will continue to make updates to the website and send communications to you.

Please contact ISS staff at with any questions or concerns and we will do our best to support you.

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OPT & STEM OPT Students- Follow These Simple Steps for Reporting Updates

Reporting related to your personal contact and employment information is a critical part of maintaining status while authorized for either OPT or STEM OPT. Here are instructions for you to follow to ensure that both ISS and the U.S. Government receive the information that they need. Follow these simple steps to ensure that your visa status is protected!

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OPT & CPT Workshops

If you're still planning to apply for OPT or CPT, don't forget to complete the required workshop, which goes over in detail the application process, student responsibilities, and other important considerations.  Advisor-led workshops will resume in the Fall and, in the meantime, you can always access and complete an online workshop at your convenience. 

For more information about OPT and CPT, visit our website. Please be sure to very carefully read all of the information there and to contact ISS if you have any additional questions with which staff can assist.

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ISSNews Summer Schedule

After Commencement, ISS will continue to publish and send ISSNews to all international students, but not every Wednesday since activity slows significantly during the summer.  Please continue to check your CWRU email regularly and read through any ISSNews publications that we do send out. They will include information that is important to be aware of as student visa holders!

ISS will resume its weekly ISSNews publication in August as we all prepare for the Fall semester.

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ISS Closed- Monday, May 30

The University will be closed in observance of Memorial Day on Monday, May 30.

In the event of an emergency, please follow the protocol listed on our website.

Regular business hours will resume on Tuesday, May 31.

CWRU Take Two- ISS Closing Early on Fridays in June & July

CWRU Take Two is back on Fridays in June and July so staff will be unavailable as of 3 p.m.. and appointment times will be adjusted to end earlier in the day as well. Please plan any Friday visits accordingly.

Regular Friday business hours will resume in August.


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Campus Happenings

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Safe Ride Continues Year-Round Service

Safe Ride at Case Western Reserve University continues to provide after-hours transportation service to the community seven days a week from 6 p.m. to 3 a.m.

The serviceis open to all students, faculty and staff at Case Western Reserve. All Safe Ride vehicles are driven by security officers.

To request a Safe Ride, visit, call 216.368.3000, or use the CWRU Safe Ride app.

Find more information on the Division of Public Safety website.

Other Opportunities

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Save the Date & Volunteer at the Cleveland Asian Festival

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Cleveland Metroparks Trail Challenge 2022

Welcome to the 2021 Trail Challenge, a guest led program where you discover new trails throughout Cleveland Metroparks on your own, move to better health, discover the wonders of nature, and earn awards along the way! 

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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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Things To Know Before You're 30

If you would like to promote your event or opportunity through ISSNews, please make a complete submission (including flyers, images, details, etc.) for consideration by noon on Monday to  ISS cannot guarantee that all submission will appear in the newsletter, as space is limited, but staff will review all timely submissions for consideration.