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  • ISSO Newsletter: Summer 2014

    The ISSO sends out a monthly web-based newsletter. It contains the latest information about immigration and ISSO services, as well as important reminders about work authorization, visa applications, and more. Please read it! View the ISSO newsletter archive here.

    Newsletter Contents:

    1. ISSO Summer Hours
    2. Immigration News and Reminders
      Travel Reminders: Leaving the U.S. for Summer?
      Planning on working OFF-campus this Summer?
      Graduating Soon?: Discuss your Future Plans with ISSO!
      Check your Documents: Is your I-20 or DS-2019 expiring?
      Reminder: You must update your address with the ISSO! Students currently on Post-Graduation F-1 OPT are required to report employment information!
    3. Events for Graduating Students
      Ice Cream Social, May 23
      Graduation Eve Dinner, May 24
    4. Moving Back Home?
    5. ISSO Summer Program Schedule
    6. August Orientation Coming Soon: We Need Your Help!
      International Grad Orientation Volunteers Needed
      International Grad Student Organization Fair
    7. Health Needs During the Summer
    8. Student Organizations: Event Funding Available from ISB
    9. Let’s Talk: CAPS off-site counseling at ISSO (summer hours)
    10. Have Immigration Questions?: Come to ISSO Office Hours


    ISSO Summer Hours

    While the ISSO will remain open all summer, our office hours will change slightly. Beginning Friday, May 30th, the ISSO will close one hour early on Fridays--at 3:30 rather than 4:30 PM. Regular office hours will resume on Monday, August 4th. Please plan your visits to our office accordingly.

    All of us at the ISSO hope you have a terrific summer!



    Immigration News




    Travel Reminders: Leaving the U.S. for the Summer?
    Make sure you have the correct Re-Entry Documents!!! If you will be leaving and re-entering the U.S., PLEASE be sure that you have all the documents for re-entry as described on these web pages:


    Planning to work OFF-campus this summer?
    F-1 Students: If you are planning to work OFF-campus this summer you MUST APPLY for work authorization through the ISSO. Read about F-1 work authorization here or view our powerpoint on off-campus work authorization here.

    J-1 students: If you are planning to work OFF-campus this summer you MUST APPLY for work authorization through the ISSO. If your DS-2019 form was issued by Cornell, you may read about J-1 student off-campus work authorization, known as "Academic Training," and download an application from our J-1 Academic Training web pages. If your DS-2019 is not issued by Cornell University, you must contact your sponsor (whoever issued your DS-2019) to discuss whether or not Academic Training is allowed.


    Graduating Soon?: Discuss your Future Plans with ISSO!
    If you are graduating from Cornell this May or August, and you plan to stay in the U.S. to either work or to pursue another degree, please come to the ISSO to discuss your plans. In order to maintain your valid immigration status in the U.S., there are specific procedures you will need to complete in order to do any of the following:

    Check with the ISSO advisor on duty about any of the above or any other plans you may have after you graduate.


    Check your Documents: Is anything expiring?

    Please take a moment to check your documents. If your I-20 or DS-2019 is about to expire and you know you will need more time to complete your academic, please come to the ISSO to complete an F-1 Program Extension or a J-1 Student Program Extension. It is very important that you do so before your current documents expire!! If your I-20 or DS-2019 is due to expire in May and you intend to remain at Cornell next semester, you should do an extension NOW. If you fail to complete an extension, you will be out of legal immigration status.

    If it also very important that you keep your passport current. If it will expire in the near future, make plans to extend or renew it. If you arenít making a trip home soon, contact your countryís consulate here in the United States for instructions on extending your passport.


    Reminder: You must update your address with the ISSO!
    Anyone in F-1 or J-1 status at Cornell MUST update your address with the ISSO when you move by filling in our on line address form. If you haven't updated your address with the ISSO since moving, do it now!



    Students currently on F-1 OPT are required to report employment information!
    All students on OPT are required to update the ISSO with employment information. You will need to fill it again if you change your address or your employment status.

    Please fill out the form linked here: OPT Report Form

     

    Events for Graduating Students




    Ice Cream Social for Graduating International Students, May 23

    Graduating students and families are invited to celebrate the completion of their program with an ice cream social in Willard Straight Hall, Friday, May 23 from 2:00-5:00 p.m. (Ice cream will be served until 4:00 p.m.). Enjoy Cornell Dairy ice cream, special performances and guest speakers – guests welcome, no RSVP needed.

    We look forward to celebrating with you!

    Graduation Eve Dinner, May 24

    It's your big day! If you are far away from home, and family and friends
    cannot be here to celebrate with you…

    Come celebrate with your Cornell family,
    other 2014 graduates, and trustee Ezra Cornell '70.

    Graduation Eve Dinner
    Saturday, May 24, 2014
    6:30–8:00 p.m.
    Robert Purcell Community Center
    $23.71 per person
    For reservations, menu, and details:
    http://tinyurl.com/m2pvrsl
    For more information contact
    cuyoungalumni@cornell.edu



    Moving Back Home?




    Click here for our Departure Checklist.

    Click here for a list of shipping resources.

    Here you can find information from Gannett on Reverse Culture Shock (from our Summer 2013 newsletter)

    Another place to talk about going home -
    Letís Talk:
    Speak confidentially with a counselor on Thursdays at the ISSO. (For all International undergraduate and graduate students, their spouses, partners and families.) More information is below.

    Summer Program Schedule

     

    A note about trips: Dates and times are subject to change. Prices and other details will be announced via e-mail on the iPrograms-L and International-L e-lists.

    May


    23 Friday 
    Reception for Graduating International Students 
    2-5 pm in Memorial Room in Willard Straight Hall. Graduating students and families are invited to celebrate the completion of their program with an ice cream social. Enjoy Cornell Dairy ice cream, special performances and guest speakers – guests welcome, no RSVP needed. 

    July


    3-5 Thursday-Saturday 
    Trip to Boston, Massachusetts 
    Register for this trip, and purchase a ticket online beginning at 9:00 am on Tuesday, June 3rd. Once details have been finalized, trip information will be available at: issotickets.com

    19 Saturday 
    Day Trip to Niagara Falls, New York 
    Register for this trip, and purchase a ticket online beginning at 9:00 am on Tuesday, July 1st. Once details have been finalized, trip information will be available at: issotickets.com


    August


    18-21 Monday-Thursday 
    PREPARE pre-orientation program for incoming international undergraduate students

    23 Saturday 
    International Graduate and Professional Student Orientation. 
    A reception and Student Organization Fair is included in the program and spouses are encouraged to attend.

    25 Monday 
    General International Student Orientation. 
    This orientation is for those who arrived later, and were unable to attend the above orientation programs.

    28 Thursday 
    International Coffee Hour
    3:30-5:30 PM, Big Red Barn 
    First gathering of the semester, and will continue every Thursday while classes are in session. Meet new friends over light refreshments and world music. All are Welcome!

    Are you interested in taking one of our trips? Here is what you need to know! Trip announcements will be sent to iPrograms-L and international-L electronic lists. Spaces are generally limited and participants are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. In most cases, trip fees will apply. Registration and payment for trips are being processed online through University Ticket Sales. Prior to registering for a trip, if you have not already done so for a previous trip, you will need to create an account at issotickets.com

    Email any questions to apr6@cornell.edu





    August Orientation Coming Soon: We Need Your Help!




    International Grad Orientation Volunteers

    International Graduate and Professional Student Orientation will be held on Saturday, August 23, 2014 from 3-7:00 PM in Statler Hall. Graduate student volunteers are needed to help set up for the event, welcome new students, and generally be on hand to answer questions and share your experiences as a continuing student. If you are interested in helping out with this event or with the Graduate School’s ongoing orientation activities, please send your name and e-mail address to Elizabeth Shedd at ers82@cornell.edu. This year we are also looking for spouses of students who might be able to volunteer. There will be a volunteer information meeting in mid-August. More details will be provided during the summer.



    International Grad Orientation Student Organization Fair

    Held in conjunction with the International Graduate and Professional Student Orientation, this event will showcase the variety of International Student Organizations available on campus. The event is scheduled to take place on Saturday, August 23 following the International Graduate and Professional Student Orientation. Welcome new graduate students and recruit new members! If your organization is interested in participating, send summer contact information (name and e-mail) to Elizabeth Shedd at ers82@cornell.edu.



    Health Needs During the Summer

     

    Are you leaving campus for the summer? Graduating this semester? Keep a step ahead to facilitate a smoother transition by carefully reviewing your health needs before you leave campus. Consider if you need to:

    If you are planning to travel abroad this summer you may need 6 weeks or more to get all of your necessary vaccines and travel information. Gannett's Travel Clinic can advise you on the latest travel requirements. Call 607 255-5155 to schedule an appointment.

    For those moving away from Ithaca, after you’ve gotten established in a new location, talk with Gannett about transferring any important Gannett health records to your new health care provider. (Note: you will need to complete an authorization to release any or all of your health record.) 

    If you have any questions or concerns about taking care of any of these summer health needs (or any other health needs), call Gannett at 607-255-5155. Phone consultation is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

    Submitted by: 
    Heather Stone (hms86@cornell.edu) 254-7468 
    Public Health Communications Specialist
    http://www.gannett.cornell.edu

     

    Student Organizations: Event Funding Available from ISB

     

    International Students Board (ISB) is an organization of students from a diverse background committed to promoting dialogue and awareness about world events, cultures, and issues. We fulfil this goal through the ISB's original events and the funding of student organizations, as well as assisting in the planning and execution of their events.

    Funding is available for student events for graduate/professional and undergraduate student organizations. For funding application visit http://orgsync.rso.cornell.edu/org/isb/home.

    Applications will be accepted at the start of the academic year in September when the ISB reconvenes after the summer break.


    Let's Talk: CAPS off-site counseling at ISSO (summer hours) TBD



    CAPS will continue to hold "Let's Talk" counseling sessions at the ISSO during the summer. Dates and times are to be determined.

    A counselor from Gannett Health Services will be available at the ISSO to offer free and confidential counselling and consultation. No appointment is necessary! Graduate students, undergraduate students, and family members are welcome to come talk about:

    • personal growth and challenges
    • depression, anxiety and stress
    • relationship issues
    • family issues
    • cultural, racial and ethnic issues
    • sexual health concerns
    • negotiating academic environment
    • any other issues of concern
    • referral and information

    For more information about Counselling and Psychological Services and a schedule of available times for off-site, walk-in consultations visit: http://www.gannett.cornell.edu/cms/services/counseling/caps/talk/.



    Have Immigration Questions?
    Come to ISSO Office Hours


    ISSO Advising Hours:
    Monday, Tuesday, Thursday & Friday: 9-12:00; 1:00-4:30*
    Wednesday 1:00-4:30

    *Remember! We will be closing at 3:30 PM on Fridays, from May 30 through August 1! Regular hours will resume on Monday, August 4.

    Advisors are available on a walk-in basis except from 12-1 P.M. daily, or by appointment. You may stop by to see us during office hours, check out our website, email us at isso@cornell.edu, or call us at 255-5243.