From: International Student Services
Date: April 14, 2021
Subject: ISS News, April 14, 2021: University Closed on April 23, COVID-19 Vaccine Information, Tax Information, OPT & CPT Information, Legacy Week, Volunteer Opportunities, Good Vibes, & More


April 14, 2021


in this issue:

  1. OPT & CPT Workshops
  2. Tax Information for 2020 Filing Year
  3. Features
  4. Campus Happenings
  5. Other Opportunities
  6. Good Vibes Only
  7. OPT & STEM OPT Students- Follow These Simple Steps for Reporting Updates
  8. COVID-19 Vaccine Information
  9. April 23, Classes Canceled, University Closed


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

11am to 3pm- through virtual advising available online

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.

COVID-19 Vaccine Information

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International Students Can Recieve COVID-19 Vaccine

As of Monday, March 29, all residents of Ohio ages 16 and older can receive the vaccine. 

International students at Case Western Reserve University are considered residents of Ohio. That means all international students at CWRU are now able to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. 

Schedule an appointment to receive a vaccine.


Volunteer at Vaccine Distribution Site on CWRU's Campus 4/14, 4/15 and 4/18

Wednesday, April 14 at 1:00pm
to Sunday, April 18 at 4:00pm
Veale Center track in the Veale Convocation, Recreation and Athletic Center, 2138 Adelbert Rd., Cleveland, OH 44106, United States
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Volunteer opportunity to assist at a COVID-19 Vaccine Site on CWRU's campus in the Veale Convocation, Recreation and Athletic Center. Volunteers are again needed to help work at the on-campus vaccine site.

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April 23, Classes Canceled, University Closed

In a message from President Cowen and Provost Vinson on April 1, they wrote to the community and said "We all could use a break." On April 23, classes will be canceled and the university will be closed. ISS staff will be unavailable.  Business hours will resume on Monday, April 26.

We hope that you all enjoy your break!

Tax Information for 2020 Filing Year

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Tax Deadline Extended to May: 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 and assist you in preparing Form 1040NR or 1040NR-EZ.  In a recent blog post, Sprintax staff explain the IRS' tax filing deadline extension to May 17.

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 17.
  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 were prepared in 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 2020 

ISS partners with Sprintax to provide international students, who are considered non-resident aliens for tax purposes, with expert assistance when filing their US taxes.

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 (these are all in EST). 

The informational webinars will cover the same topics on each occasion:

  • An overview of tax for nonresident students and scholars
  • Who must file a 2020 US tax return
  • What income forms students/scholars may receive
  • Forms that need to be completed and sent to the IRS
  • We cover terms like FICA, ITIN and Form 1098-T
  • What happens if students don’t file, or misfile
  • State tax returns
  • IRS stimulus payments
  • Sprintax overview
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Check Out Where Sprintax International Students Have Been Filing From!

This year Sprintax asked, "Where in the world are you filing their US taxes from?" and filers didn't disappoint! Sprintax has received entries from every corner of the globe, from Peru to Paris. Here's a peek at some of the entries to date. The competition runs until this year's extended tax filing deadline of May 17, so there's still time to participate and enter to win a $500 Amazon gift card!

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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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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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Mocktail Hour & Networking Training - Virtual Evening Event

Thursday, April 15
6:00pm - 7:30pm
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As our students look toward graduation, ISS wants to help them prepare for job search and career success!

Part of finding the best job for you is attending networking events, mixers, and cocktail hours where you can meet new people and make contacts. Employers want to know their employees can be professional, even in social situations, but networking events can be difficult to navigate. Learning Western expectations of politeness can help you feel more comfortable in unfamiliar situations, and mastering networking customs can help you make a great impression on others!  All CWRU international students are invited to join the Center for International Affairs for an event to do just that!
Attendees of the Networking Training will receive live, virtual training from etiquette consultant Catherine Holloway and will be provided an opportunity to practice the skills learned during the training.  Attendees will be able to see each other and interact with each other. RSVP to receive the Zoom link.
Traditional business attire required
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Registration notes:
By registering to attend this event, you are committing to attend, arrive on time and stay for the duration of the dinner.  You are committing to dress in appropriate business clothing and to keep your Zoom camera on throughout the event.
Attendees should prepare the following and have them ready at the time of the event:
--Name tag
--Face mask
--A drink of your choice in a drinking glass (not a mug or teacup)
--Small napkin (similar to cocktail napkins)
--Small plate (about 4” in diameter), if possible
--Business clothing (suits, ties, jackets)
Space is limited to only 20 attendees.  If you discover you cannot attend the event, please cancel your registration so someone else can register.
ISS has invited Ms. Holloway to provide this training to help you learn how to conduct yourself professionally in social situations, especially those related to your career. Failing to attend an event or appointment which you have committed to attend is considered discourteous and inappropriate as there is extensive planning involved in these events.
Of course, we understand that true emergencies, though rare, do occur. These situations require prompt notification via Campus Groups or by calling our office at 216-368-2517. However, changing your mind about attending the event at the last minute is not considered an emergency. 

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Campus Happenings

PNC Financial Wellness Program

PNC's Financial Wellness Series

Friday, April 16
12:00pm 1:00pm Budgeting Private Location (rsvp to display)
Friday, April 23
12:00pm 1:00pm Credit Scores and Reports Private Location (rsvp to display)
Thursday, April 29
12:00pm 1:00pm Safeguarding Yourself: A Workshop on Identity Protection Private Location (rsvp to display)
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Plan Your Research Experience with SOURCE

Ready to start looking for research and creative project opportunities? Attend an upcoming 50-minute information session offered by Support of Undergraduate Research and Creative Endeavors.

These sessions provide you with the basic information for finding research on and around CWRU during the academic year and provides some guidance for students looking for summer research.

All times are Eastern time unless otherwise noted.

  • Friday, April 16, 8:30 a.m.

  • Tuesday, April 20, 7 p.m.

  • Monday, April 26, 8:30 a.m.

All workshops will be conducted via Zoom.

Register for an upcoming workshop in Handshake.


National Volunteer Week with CCEL

Saturday, April 17 at 9:00am
to Friday, April 23 at 5:00pm
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In honor of National Volunteer Week, the Center for Civic Engagement & Learning (CCEL) continues our Social Change Series by highlighting Social Responsibility through a week of projects and events, April 17 - 23.

We invite you to engage you to engage in a virtual or on-campus service project, including fleece blanket making, supporting people-powered research, or providing feedback to incarcerated poets. Or, explore an educational program, such as, Prosocial Bystander Training, Navigating Virtual Volunteering Info Session or a CareerLab resume review about marketing service on your resume.

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Apply for GSC Executive Board Positions

Apply today for a position on the GSC Executive Board. Open positions open are as follows:

· Vice President of Internal Communications

· Vice President of Marketing and Communications

· Director of Student Organizations (or co-director)

· Director of Social and Special Programming (or co-director)

See how you can make a difference for graduate students here at Case Western Reserve University. Apply for a position here. Deadlines for applications are Friday, April 23 at 12 PM.

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Celebrate Legacy Week

Other Opportunities

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Cleveland Metroparks Trail Challenge 2021

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! 

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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...When it is safe to travel again.