From: International Student Services
Date: April 6, 2022
Subject: ISS News, April 6, 2022: Center for International Affairs 10-Year Anniversary Events, End of Semester Reminders, Graduate Student Appreciation Week, Tax Information, Good Vibes, Legacy Week, and More


April 6, 2022


in this issue:

  1. Changes in Staff Availability
  2. Beware of Scams
  3. End of Semester Reminders
  4. OPT & CPT Workshops
  5. Tax Information for 2021 Filing Year
  6. Features
  7. The Center for International Affairs' 10-Year Celebration
  8. Campus Happenings
  9. 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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Changes in Staff Availability

The Center for International Affairs' staff will be participating in 10-Year Celebration events and ISS staff members will be unavailable during these times throughout the week of April 11:

  • April 11, 3 to 5 pm
  • April 13, noon to 3 pm
  • April 14, 8:30 to 11 am

Please plan your visit to ISS when staff members are in the office and able to assist you!

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Beware of Scams

During the spring, particularly around tax time through university commencement dates, scams are very 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.

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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.

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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.

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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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The Center for International Affairs' 10-Year Celebration

Join us as we celebration the 10-Year milestone of the Center for International Affairs at Case Western University.

See our full list of 10-year celebration events.

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Campus Happenings

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Graduate Student Appreciation Week
 April 4 - 8

Graduate Student Appreciation Week (GSAW) was created in 1993 by the National Association of Graduate and Professional Students to support and appreciate graduate and professional students and to emphasize the contributions, impact, and value they have on college campuses throughout the United States.

The most up-to-date information about the Office of Graduate Student Life's efforts to celebrate CSAW at CWRU can be found on Campus Groups

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Game Night: Trivia Edition

Thursday, April 7
7:00pm - 9:00pm
Kelvin Smith Library, Lower Level (LL06), 11055 Euclid Ave, Cleveland, OH 44106, United States
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It's the last KSL Game Night of the semester! We're finishing the semester with a game of trivia!

If you don’t have a team (up to 6) no worries, we’ll match you up with other trivia pros when you arrive or you can play solo! For those who don't want to participate in Trivia Night, the usual board games will be put out on the 2nd floor Dampeer Room.

Location: Kelvin Smith Library, Room 215 for trivia / Board Games in Dampeer Room
Time: 7pm

Questions? Please contact Kelvin Smith Library administration at or at 216-368-2992.

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GSC Diversity, Equity, and Inclusive Excellence Research Award

In partnership with the Office of Inclusion, Diversity, and Equal Opportunity, and the Office of Multicultural Affairs, Case Western Reserve University's Graduate Student Council presents the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusive Excellence (DEIE) Research Award.

This award provides funding to CWRU masters and doctoral students who are conducting research with historically underrepresented or marginalized populations in the United States. The grant addresses critical gaps across disciplines in the research and application of diversity, equity, and inclusive excellence. Six research awards of $4,000 will be awarded. Awards are nonrenewable. Applications must be submitted no later than 11:59 PM EST, Friday, April 8, 2022.

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The Department of Dance Presents Imagatorium

Case Western Reserve University's Department of Dance is pleased to announce Imagatorium, the final production of the 2021-22 season, on April 7-9 at 8pm and April 10 at 2:30pm.

The production will feature original works by Master of Arts candidate Haiyan Chen, second-year graduate students El-drick Aboagye and Shadrach Arthur, along with senior capstone choreography by Jamie Muth. Spring, Summer, Autumn, Winter choreographed by Haiyan Chen and set to music by Elena Kats-Chernin loosely represents the four seasons of the year while drawing upon the distinct artistic personalities of each of the four dancers. B’roq’n Spring, choreographed by El-drick Aboagye, animates and portrays an artist’s endeavors during the creative process. Pure admiration for the baroque era coupled with Aboagye’s appreciation of various genres of art and artists inspired and motivated the creation of this group work. Shadrach Arthur’s Einheit is an abstract choreographic work set on four dancers to a rendition of Philip Glass's Purus River by the Brazilian ensemble Uakti. The consonant harmony, repetitive pulses, and reiteration of phrases create an intoxicating environment that is used to help highlight the sense of togetherness seen in our everyday lives. Silver Soul is a choreographic work by Jamie Muth set on five dancers to a rendition of two musical pieces in Kenji Bunch's Piano Trio series entitled Swing Shift. The work is centered around the theme of how relational connections can inspire a journey of authentic self growth. The use of repetition and spoken word coupled with the performers moving in juxtaposition and in sync creates a space in which the theme of connections can be illustrated and creatively interpreted.

Tickets are $10 for general admission. No reservations are accepted. Visit for more information.

**Only those who are fully vaccinated (two weeks past their final dose plus a booster) should attend any Case Western Reserve University campus event. Leaders continue to monitor pandemic developments and may need to adjust health protocols further as circumstances warrant. In-person is subject to change based on COVID-19 guidelines.**


Spartans Stronger Together 5K Event April 10, 2022

Sunday, April 10
11:00am - 1:00pm
DiSanto Field, 1747 East 118th Street, Cleveland, OH 44106, United States
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Spartans Stronger Together 5K event on Sunday, April 10th at 11am route on the north side of campus, beginning and ending at Disanto Field. Proceeds to benefit the Northeast Ohio Black Health Coalition. Tshirt included with registration cost. Pickup the week prior.

Last year's Stronger Together 5k tshirt is available for $5, benefiting Urban League:

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Physical Resource Center Relocates to Carlton Commons

The Physical Resource Center (PRC), a student-run initiative that offers free resources for students, faculty and staff of Case Western Reserve University has recently moved from its previous location in Uptown, near Mitchell’s Ice Cream, to Carlton Commons in the South Residential Village (SRV). 

Read more about the PRC and its move here!

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Celebrate Legacy Week, April 18 - 23

Legacy Week was established in 2017, to observe and showcase the history of Case Western Reserve University's momentous history. During this week various departments, offices, student organizations, staff and faculty members, and individual students will host various programs and events to bring to light the unique history of CWRU.

To learn more about Legacy Week 2022 and planned events, visit Student Activities and Leadership's Campus Traditions website.

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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