From: International Student Services
Date: February 5, 2020
Subject: ISS News, Feb. 5, 2020: OPT & CPT Workshops, Tax Software Information, Success Series, "Get Experienced" Career Fair, & More!


February 5, 2020


in this issue:

  1. Orientation With ISS
  2. Tax Information- Forms & Sprintax Availability
  3. Inviting Family Members to Visit the U.S.
  4. Wittke and Jackson Award Nominations Now Being Accepted
  5. Featured Events
  6. Campus Events
  7. OPT & CPT Workshop Schedule
  8. Meet Your Police- Information Sessions


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

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Orientation With ISS

Did you miss Orientation with ISS? The orientation session reviews the most fundamental rules and regulations as well as resources that ISS provides in order to help you maintain your status and enhance your time at Case Western Reserve University

 Log into Terra Dotta and view the presentation materials here!

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Tax Deadline in April:
Forms & Sprintax Available

It's time to file your income taxes for last calendar year. ALL individuals in F and J status must file taxes, including spouses, young children, and even if you haven't earned any income!

Staff members in ISS are not tax professionals; we cannot answer your questions or give you advice. We hope the information and resources provided here will make the process a little easier. If you find that you still have questions, the best thing to do is contact a tax consultant or accountant.

Federal Taxes

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 will be provided to you soon by email.
  4. Sprintax will prepare your tax return

State Taxes

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.

Preparing to File Your Taxes

It's a good idea to wait to access Sprintax until you have all of your necessary and relevant tax forms. This will ensure that you're providing the most accurate information about your income during the last tax year.

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.

Please keep in mind that the US citizen codes in SIS are what prompt the generation of the 1098-T by CWRU's Financial Services Office. 1098-Ts are generated for US citizens and Permanent Residents automatically. 1098-Ts are not automatically generated for international students; the university is only required to provide 1098-Ts to international students (nonresident aliens) upon their request per guidance from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). For more information regarding the 1098-T, please visit Financial Services website to download the Nonresident Alien 1098-T Request Form.

If you are the recipient of a 1098-T, it's not likely that you're eligible to use Sprintax. Sprintax is intended for nonresident aliens and if you're issued a 1098-T, it's possible that you've been in the US long enough to be considered a resident alien for tax-purposes only (overall, you're still considered a nonresident alien though). That means you're able to file your taxes more similarly to the way a US citizen does and could utilize other tax preparation software.

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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Meet Your Police- Information Sessions

Members of the community can meet and talk with Case Western Reserve University police officers during a series of appearances this spring.

The police department will host safety topic discussions Wednesday, Feb. 12, from 2-4 p.m. in the atrium of Thwing Center with food provided. Officers will take questions again on Wednesday, March 18, and Thursday, April 9, at the same time and location.

Officers will also be at an information table in the lobby of Tinkham Veale University Center from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m on Thursday, March 5, and Tuesday, April 7, at the same time and location.

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Inviting Family Members to Visit the U.S.

During your time as a student at CWRU, you may want to invite family members to visit you and/or attend commencement ceremonies.

ISS staff are unable to write letters of invitation to your family members for the purpose of a visit or to attend commencement.

Visitors apply for a B-2 visa at a U.S. Consulate or Embassy in their home country. For more information about how to prepare for the application, please visit ISS website and scroll down to the heading titled Inviting Family Members to Visit the U.S..


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Wittke and Jackson Award Nominations Now Being Accepted

Nominations are being accepted for the J. Bruce Jackson, MD, Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Mentoring and the Carl F. Wittke Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching through February 15.

Click here for more information about how to nominate outstanding faculty and staff!

Featured Events


H-1B & Other Visas - International Student Success Series

Wednesday, February 5
1:00pm - 2:30pm
Nord 356, 10900 Euclid Ave, Cleveland, Ohio 44106, United States
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Learn from a local immigration expert about the process of obtaining an H-1B visa; they will also briefly cover a few other visa types.



Job Search Strategies: Finding Internships and Employment - Int'l Student Success Series

Wednesday, February 19
12:45pm - 2:00pm
Mandel Community Center 115, 10900 Euclid Ave, Cleveland, Ohio 44106, United States
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Searching and applying for positions can feel daunting, but ISS and PGP-EE staff are here to help! Join us for a workshop on the basics of searching for jobs online, building a professional network, best practices for applying, and how to respond when you hear back from that dream employer!



Career Preparation Etiquette Dinner

Thursday, March 19
5:15pm - 8:00pm
Thwing Center Ballroom, 10900 Euclid Ave, Cleveland, Ohio 44106, United States
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As our students look toward graduation, ISS wants to help them prepare for job search and career success! Job interviews often include eating dinner with potential colleagues, and many companies ask employees to take clients out for nice meals. Employers want to know their employees can be professional, even in social situations, and dining with others can be very challenging. Learning Western expectations of politeness can help you feel more comfortable eating unfamiliar foods, and mastering dining rules can help you make a great impression on others!

Attendees will receive hands-on training from Etiquette Consultant Catherine Holloway and will be served a 3-course meal including soup, a main dish, and dessert.

Registration notes:
By registering to attend this event, you are committing to attend, arrive on time and stay for the duration of the dinner.  Please visit the event for more information.

THANK YOU to our sponsors!
International Club (co-host), Office of Global Legal Studies, Office of Residence Life, School of Medicine Graduate Education, Post-Graduate Planning & Experiential Education, International Development Initiative, Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences, The Alumni Association of CWRU, and Division of Engineering Leadership and Professional Practice


Campus Events


Game Night at KSL

Thursday, February 6
7:00pm - 9:00pm
Kelvin Smith Library, Freedman Center, 1st Floor, 11055 Euclid Ave , Cleveland, OH 44106, United States
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Put away laptops and phones and play old fashioned board games with friends. Refreshments will be provided to keep you fueled and competitive through the night.

For a full list of games offered by KSL can be found here:

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Celebrate Vietnamese Lunar New Year with VSA! This will be a semi-formal dinner with performances and interactive activities, bringing you an authentic experience of how the biggest moment of the year is celebrated. Tickets will be on sale starting January 29, 2020 - follow VSA on Facebook and Instagram for more updates.
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'Get Experienced' Career Fair is February 10

Employers will be in attendance looking to hire students for full-time and part-time positions, as well as internship positions over the the summer.

More information:


CWRU Entrepreneurship | Alumni Speaker Series: Halle Tecco Founder & CEO, Natalist

Wednesday, February 12
11:30am - 1:00pm
Sears think[box], Floor 6, 10900 Euclid Ave, Cleveland, Ohio 44106, United States
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Join us as part of the CWRU Entrepreneurship Alumni Series for a Zoom Roundtable Discussion with Halle Tecco Founder & CEO of Natalist and CWRU BS ('06) alum. Halle will discuss her career journey, entrepreneurship, experience in health care innovation, and being a female CEO. The conversation will be facilitated by a Sonia Velu, who is pursuing her BS in Biomedical Engineering.

We will also be broadcasting this roundtable and future roundtables to our streaming channel at on February 12 starting at noon. The event will also be featured via Facebook Live on CWRU's Facebook page.


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