From: International Student Services
Date: March 3, 2021
Subject: ISS News, March 3, 2021: OPT & CPT Workshops, Tax Information, Nominate for Global Citizen Awards, The Future of Immigration, DACA, OPT, & Legal Rights, Virtual Career Preparation Etiquette Dinner, Good Vibes, & More!



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March 3, 2021

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in this issue:

  1. OPT & CPT Workshops
  2. Features
  3. Campus Happenings
  4. Other Opportunities
  5. Good Vibes Only
  6. New Virtual Mental Health Options for CWRU Students- Wherever They Are
  7. Important Information for Students With an I-20 End Date of May 16, 2021
  8. Tax Information for 2020 Filing Year

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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.

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If you need to speak with an advisor outside of our advising hours, please send an email to international@case.edu 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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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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Important Information for Students With an I-20 End Date of May 16, 2021

If you have an I-20 with an End Date of May 16, 2021, you may need your I-20 adjusted since the university's scheduled commencement date has shifted to May 30, 2021. Here is what you need to know about how ISS will help you.

If you plan to:
...graduate this May and immediately return home, you do not need to take any action to extend your I-20 to May 30, 2021. ISS staff will automatically extend your I-20 starting in April. ISS will not automatically print a copy of this extended I-20. If you would like one, you can request a reprinted I-20 at that time. Instructions will be provided to request the reprint.

...graduate later than May 30, 2021 because you need more time to complete your studies, you will need to request an extension for your I-20. You can submit this request at this link any time starting in March. Following the instructions in the link, you will work with your academic advisor (graduate students) or Undergraduate Dean (undergraduate students) to affirm your need for an extension. ISS cannot extend I-20s after they expire, so it is important you file this before the middle of May.

...graduate and apply for OPT, you will not need to request any adjustment to your I-20 to reflect the May 30, 2021 end date. Your end date will automatically be adjusted when your OPT I-20 is created. To find more information on the OPT application process, please read this page.

ISS has emailed all students with an I-20 End Date of May 16, 2021. If you think that you received this email in error or have another situation not listed above, please email ISS at international@case.edu or speak with an advisor during Advising Hours.

Tax Information for 2020 Filing Year

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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 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 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 payroll@case.edu. 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.

There is more on our website called Information on Filing Taxes and if you have any questions, the Sprintax team will be happy to help via their 24/7 live chat function or email hello@spintax.com.  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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New Virtual Mental Health Option for CWRU Students—Wherever They Are

CWRU has announced a new initiative to help ensure that students living outside of Ohio can access mental health care during these trying times called CWRU Care. CWRU Care is a 24/7 mental telehealth care service that undergraduate, graduate and professional students can access from wherever they are.

For more information about the program or to make an appointment, please visit cwru.care.

Features

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Global Citizen Award Nominations are Open

The Center for International Affairs invites the university community including faculty, staff and currently enrolled students, to submit nominations for the 2021 Global Citizen Awards.

The awards honor outstanding students, faculty or staff, campus partners and student organizations that enhance the international student experience, create a sense of community and champion internationalization at Case Western Reserve University.

Winners of the Global Citizen Awards will be announced during a virtual ceremony on Thursday, April 22.

Completed nominations are due by 11:59 pm on Friday, March 26, 2021.

You can learn more and make a nomination here: https://case.edu/international/globalcitizenawards

EVENT

Career Preparation Etiquette Dinner - Virtual Morning Event

Friday, March 19
8:00am - 9:30am
TBD
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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! This event is open only to international students at CWRU.
 
Attendees will be able to see each other and interact with each other. Attendees will also receive live, virtual training from Etiquette Consultant Catherine Holloway, with time for discussion, questions, and feedback in real-time. Be sure to read through all of the information and registration notes listed for the event so that you are properly prepared and ready to fully engage during this event. 

Students who RSVP will receive the Zoom link.
  
Space is limited to only 20 attendees.  If you discover you cannot attend the event, please cancel your registration so someone else can register.

RSVP

EVENT

Career Preparation Etiquette Dinner - Virtual Evening Event

Tuesday, March 23
6:00pm - 7:30pm
TBD
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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! This event is open only to international students at CWRU.
 
Attendees will be able to see each other and interact with each other. Attendees will also receive live, virtual training from Etiquette Consultant Catherine Holloway, with time for discussion, questions, and feedback in real-time. Be sure to read through all of the information and registration notes listed for the event so that you are properly prepared and ready to fully engage during this event. 

Students who RSVP will receive the Zoom link.
  
Space is limited to only 20 attendees.  If you discover you cannot attend the event, please cancel your registration so someone else can register.

RSVP
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H-1B Visa Workshop Recording Available

If you were unable to attend the session last week, you can view it now here to get all of the information!

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Campus Happenings

EVENT

Volunteer at Vaccine Distribution Site on CWRU's Campus

Thursday, March 4
8:00am - 4:00pm
Horsburgh Gymnasium in the Veale Convocation, Recreation and Athletic Center, 2138 Adelbert Rd., Cleveland, OH 44106, United States
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Volunteer opportunity to assist with the COVID-19 Vaccine Site on CWRU's campus at Horsburgh Gymnasium in the Veale Convocation, Recreation and Athletic Center. The vaccine site is being hosted for the City of Cleveland and the vaccine recipients are City of Cleveland residents who fit into Ohio's 1B vaccine category.

Sign up for volunteer shifts through the links below (you may sign up for as many as you'd like).

RSVP
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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.

  • Thursday, March 11, 4 p.m.

  • Friday, March 19, 8:30 a.m.

  • Tuesday, March 23, 7 p.m.

  • Monday, March 29, 8:30 a.m.

  • Thursday, April 8, 4 p.m.

  • 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.

Other Opportunities

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Participate in a Study about the Pandemic's Impact on International Students 

Dear Friend,

We trust you and others are staying safe and healthy, and are glad that you are back in school after the interruption because of the Covid-19 pandemic. The purpose of this research study is to understand the impact of the COVID-19 virus pandemic on international students. Researchers at Case Western Reserve University are conducting this study. The questionnaire should take 5-10 minutes to complete. If you are willing to participate, please click on this survey link: https://cwru.az1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_5suaBZT5ikoHZdP

Thanks in advance of your participation in this study.

Sincerely,

May Lin                                                                      Sena Narendran

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Brite Winter

Brite Winter is the premier Cleveland event between New Year’s Eve and St. Patrick’s Day and a showcase for Northeastern Ohio’s artists, musicians, and creative culture.

Brite Winter marries fire, participatory art, food, music, and games to build community while helping us embrace the cold winter months.

Learn more about this year's virtual line up for the March 5 and April 9, 2021 events!

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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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Common Phrases We Might Not Realize We Are Saying Wrong!