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Issue 10: February 15, 2018


Table of Contents

  1. Tax Reporting Obligations and Deadlines (more)
  2. "Work After Graduation" Workshop for F-1 Students - Friday, February 16 (more)
  3. Black History Month at the Memorial Art Gallery - Saturday, February 17 (more)
  4. Scholarship Funds Available to Students from Middle East (more)
  5. Rochester Global Connections: Global Skate Event - Saturday, February 17 (more)
  6. Campus Focus: Talk: From Slavery to Citizenship: The Case of Toussaint in NY - 2/28 (more)


Tax Reporting Obligations and Deadlines

Please reference the ISO Tax Information online to help you to navigate your tax reporting obligations for any activities and earnings during 2017. Most tax forms are due by April 17, 2018, but please do not delay! Topics covered online include: filing requirements for Resident Aliens or Non-Resident Aliens for tax purposes, documents needed to prepare your tax return, access to GLACIER Tax Prep (GTP), support from our GTP Assistant, and state taxes, with guidance specific to New York and links to forms. Even if you did not have any US earnings during 2017, you may still have tax forms to file! 

ISO is currently booking appointments into March with our GLACIER Tax Prep Assistant. If you are interested, please do not delay in requesting one online using our GTP Assistant Appointment Request form.

For your information – A few reminders for tax season:

  • If you were NOT physically in the United States during the 2017 calendar year, you do NOT have to file tax forms at this time. If you were present, even for one day, you will need to determine your tax reporting obligations. This will be based on your tax residency status and United States earnings during the year.
  • Your tax reporting requirements depend on whether you are categorized as a "Resident Alien" or a "Non-Resident Alien" for tax purposes. The University's GLACIER software will make this determination for you and print this information on your Tax Summary. Your tax category can also change over time, so be sure to verify your filing status each year! Federal tax forms (requirements below) must be filed separately from US state tax forms.
  • All Forms 1040, 1040-NR, or EZ versions must be postmarked by April 18. If you need additional time to prepare and file your tax forms, you can file Form 4868 to request an automatic extension for 6 months. To be eligible, this form must be filed by the April 18 deadline. This extension does NOT apply to any tax payments that may be due. Therefore, any tax payment due to IRS will be subject to interest charges. Requests to extend state tax filings must be handled separately. Form 8843 (when NOT required to file with tax return) must be postmarked by June 15. 
  • As you prepare to comply with your tax obligations, please be cautious of any possible tax scams. We highly recommend that you use University Resources and Support to assist you with your tax filing obligations when possible.


"Work After Graduation" Workshop for F-1 Students - Friday, February 16

Work After Graduation: OPT Application Procedures & Interview Basics
Friday, February 16- 2:00 to 3:30 pm
101 Sloan Auditorium, Goergen Hall, River Campus

The International Services Office is partnering with the Gwen M. Greene Center for a work after graduation workshop to prepare international students for the American job market and acquiring work authorization. Immigration work permission for graduating students requires planning and preparation! Join us for a detailed discussion of work options available to graduating F-1 students, including information on F-1 Optional Practical Training (OPT) and transitions to the H-1B Temporary Worker visa category. We will also address common travel concerns and questions. This program is open to international students from all UR academic divisions, both graduate and undergraduate. If you will be graduating this April or May, this is the time to start planning! This program is co-sponsored by College Center for Advising Services, Chinese Student Association, and UR Korea Connection.

Please stay tuned for information about additional employment workshops we will offer later this term.


Black History Month at the Memorial Art Gallery - Saturday. February 17

Celebration Series – Black History Month
Saturday, February 17 – 12:00 to 5:00 pm
Memorial Art Gallery of the University of Rochester
500 University Avenue
Rochester, NY 14607

Several times each year, the Memorial Art Gallery (MAG) opens its doors and offers Rochester area families and community members the opportunity to learn more about specific cultures. Formally known as the “Family Series, these events for all ages feature hands-on art activities, music and dance demonstrations, storytelling, and a variety of cultural displays. 

Come celebrate Black History Month at the MAG, where attendees can enjoy art activities, an instrument petting zoo and music performances by ROCmusic Collaborative, an African Cuban line dance workshop with Frances Hare, other musical performances, tours, and a presentation by Dr. Joy DeGruy entitled The Power of Art.

For more information about the event and about the renowned researcher, educator, author, and featured presenter, Dr. DeGruy, please visit the MAG’s website


Scholarship Funds Available to Students from Middle East

The Rochester Area Community Foundation is now accepting applications for awards from the Barbara D. Sutherland Scholarship. This scholarship is intended to assist students from the Middle East in attending a college or university within the greater Rochester area. Applicants must be from a Middle Eastern country, have US citizenship or appropriate visa status, be attending a qualifying school in the area, and have financial need. Awards will be granted at a minimum of $1,000 and the number of awards may vary. The application is available online and is due by April 15. Please see the Community Foundation website for detailed eligibility requirements and application.


Rochester Global Connections: Global Skate Event - Saturday, February 17

Rochester Global Connections Global Skate Event
Saturday, February 17- 3:00 to 5:00 pm
Frank Ritter Ice Arena
51 Lomb Memorial Drive
Rochester, NY 14623

Have you been inspired by the 2018 Winter Olympics to go ice skating? This is a great opportunity to meet students from around the world and share in a fun winter activity. Don't know how to skate? No problem! A free introduction to skating will be presented by Genesee Valley Skating Center. Light refreshments will be provided. Transportation will be provided on an as needed basis. You can also use the Lyft Code: GLOBALSKATE for $20 credits towards your first Lyft ride!

Rochester Global Connections (RGC) is a community-based volunteer organization that provides services to international students and Department of State visitors in the Rochester area. The International Services Office (ISO) hosts RGC at the University of Rochester and co-sponsors most events and activities. For more information about RGC, visit their website at

This event is FREE for international students and RGC members (Interested in becoming a member? Join here!). Admission is $6.00 for the general public, which includes skate rental and admission.


Campus Focus: Talk: From Slavery to Citizenship: The Case of Toussaint in NY - 2/28

Talk: From Slavery to Citizenship: The Case of Toussaint in New York
Wednesday, February 28, 2018 – 12:30 to 2:00pm
Humanities Center Conference Room D, Rush Rhees Library, River Campus

Join co-sponsored organizers of the Frederick Douglass Institute for African & African-American Studies and the Department of Modern Languages and Culture as they co-host guest speaker Annette Gabriel-Joseph of the University of Michigan. Gabriel-Joseph will examine the idea of citizenship through the life of Pierre Toussaint, an enslaved man from Saint-Domingue who arrived in New York City as part of the household of Jean Bérard, a French planter fleeing the Haitian Revolution.

In reading his biography and correspondence, Gabriel-Joseph will argue that by crafting an extensive network through epistolary exchanges with interlocutors in several cities including New Orleans, Trinidad, Havana, Petionville, Montreal, Rome, and Bordeaux, Toussaint articulated a particular transatlantic citizenship that subverted some of the restrictions imposed by his status as a slave and a refugee. In navigating this dual status, Toussaint engaged in a process of self-fashioning at an individual level and was involved in fashioning modern definitions of freedom and citizenship.

For more detailed information regarding this event, please click here.


Editor: Molly Murray, Immigration Advisor