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The Office for International Students and Scholars enhances and supports the educational, cultural and social dimension of international education at Smith College. We promote a diverse learning environment, support essential services and programs and assist international students in meeting their educational and career goals.

UPCOMING EVENTS

DATE

OPT info session - Lewis Global Studies Center

Feb 10th 4:15-5:15pm

OPT info session - Lewis Global Studies Center

Feb 11th 5:00-6:00pm

Open Office Hours

Have a Question? Need something signed? Want to know more about something?

Come to our ISSO open office hours, held every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 2-4pm. If you cannot make it during those hours, feel free to contact the office to make an appointmentat interstu@smith.edu

 

OPT INFO SESSIONS

Looking into your post-graduate options and considering OPT? The ISSO will be holding four info sessions in the Lewis Gloabl Studies Center:

Wednesday Feb 10th, 4:15-5:15pm
Thursday Feb 11th, 5:00-6:00pm
Tuesday Feb 23rd, 5:00-6:00pm
Wednesday Feb 24th, 4:15-5:15pm

NOTE: In order to be able to apply for OPT, students are required to attend one of the four OPT info sessions.

 

CURRICULAR PRACTICAL TRAIning

Planing to work during J-term or Summer break? You might need a work authorization! Check out Student Employment and Training for details.

CPT INFO SESSIONs

March 2nd 2016, 4:30 - 5:30pm
April 5th 2016, 5:00-6:00pm

 

Breaking news for opt stem extensions!

For those of you who are currently using - or hope to use - an OPT STEM extension, you may be aware that there is currently a court case that is underway to change (or possibly eliminate) this benefit.

As of Monday, January 25th, 2016, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) was approved to have STEM extension benefits extended until at least May 10th. During this time, anyone currently using an OPT STEM extension is permitted to continue working. Anyone interested in applying for the STEM extension benefit can still apply and be approved. DHS will continue to pursue getting new regulations approved and in place before the new May deadline. Learn more about this decision here.

IT'S TAX SEASON TIME!

If you had a job anytime in the 2015 calendar year, you likely just received a tax document in the mail!

(Source:http://www.digitaljournal.com/pr/2820285)

This is a W-2, which documents your wages earned in the last year. You will receive one for every employer you've had (Smith College counts as one employer, regardless of the number of on-campus jobs you've had). For now, just hold onto that document! You can also access this document online through your Bannerweb account, under the Employee tab.
We're still waiting on one more tax document to be issued (1042-S, which documents scholarships and stipends), and then we will give you more information about tax returns.
This year we have hired a new tax assistance company, SPRINTAX, and we're excited to share that they have a 24-hour phone and chat help service. More information to come about accessing their services. Stay tuned!

If you submitted a tax return last year and STILL haven't received your return:

Worry not, you're not alone! During tax year 2014, there was a major glitch with the processing of 1042-S forms for foreign nationals. The IRS has sent out notifications about delays in your returns, and they just released yet another one. Here's the notification our office received:
CONTINUED DELAYS EXPECTED FOR REFUNDS AFTER FILING 2014 FORM 1040-NR WITH 1042-S

Non-published IRS communications indicate that additional time beyond the initial system freeze is needed to review the withholding credits. These students/scholars will have their refunds frozen for an additional 168 days. A 3064C letter was mailed to impacted taxpayers informing them:

- We are reviewing withholding credit(s) reported on Line 62d
- We need additional time to provide a complete response
- The taxpayer does not need to take any action
- After our review we will pay interest if a refund is due.

We will keep you updated as we find out more information. For now, hold onto any tax documents that come in the mail to you!

Currently using OPT?

Make sure you update the ISSO of any changes in your address and employment!

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Announcements

ISP T-SHIRt design contest

We want your ideas for the ISP 2016 T-shirt!

International students, US permenant residents, and US citizens abroad are invited to participate. Submit your entry by the last day of classes, by Friday, April 29th via email to interstu@smith.edu. Get creative and show us, and the next class of International Smithies, what you've got!

Guidelines: Acceptable submission files include Abodbe Illustrator, EPS, PNG, or PDF. T-shirts will be printed on the front-side only. All submissions must be in black and white, and must include the following information: Smith Collese & ISP 2016

Clark University tck/global nomads conference

Clark Universiy's 4th annual TCK/Global Nomad Conference Redefining Home: Evolving Identities in a Global World will take place on Saturday February 27th, 2016.

A Global Nomad or Third Culture Kid (TCK) is a person of any age or nationality who has lived a significant part of his/her developmental years in one or more countries outside his/her passport country because of a parent's occupation.

Clark University hosts this conference annually to support, encourage, connect, and challenge those who identify as TCKs or Global Nomads and to provide resources to university faculty and staff who work with TCKs. All are welcome to attend!

Registration closes on Friday February 12th, 2016. Contact Santiago Deambrosi sdeambrosi@clarku.edu or Melina Toscani mtoscani@clarku.edu for more information.

SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBER

GOT THE JOB AND NO SSN?

Step 1: Download an Employment Evidence Form and have your supervisor fill it out.

Step 2: Come into ISSO with your form, and we will write you a letter and give you more information.

For additional information, visit the Social Security website.

Read Our Tumblr

We have a Tumblr established last year for current students. Updated about twice a week during the school year, the Tumblr is managed by our office student staff and is a good place to find tips about events, as well as news from the office. Check out the Smith International Tumblr.