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Issue 10: February 15, 2019



Table of Contents

  1. Tax Reporting Obligations and Deadlines (more)
  2. Reminder - Employment Authorization Workshop Series (more)
  3. Canadian Consulate Presentation - Thursday, February 28 (more)
  4. Scholarship Funds Available to Students from the Middle East (more)
  5. Rochester Global Connections: Global Skate Event - Saturday, February 23 (more)
  6. Campus Focus: Black History Month at the Memorial Art Gallery - Sunday, February 17 (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 2018. Most tax forms are due by April 15, 2019, but please do not delay! Topics covered online include: understanding your reporting requirements, preparing our tax return, GLACIER, available resources, requesting an appointment with our GLACIER Tax Prep (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 2018, you may still have tax forms to file! 

To be scheduled for an appointment with the GTP Assistant, you must complete the GTP Assistance Eligibility Form to determine eligibility based on your 2018 income and tax residency category. ISO offers 30-minute and 60-minute appointments with our GTP Assistant based on your individual tax situation, most appointments are held at our College Town location (40 Celebration Drive - Suite 1.100), but some will also be scheduled downtown at the Eastman School of Music (ESM 506).  After submitting the eligibility form, ISO Staff will review the information that you have provided and contact you with additional resources and instructions. Due to limited availability, appointments with the GTP Assistant will be targeted for international students and scholars who have more complicated tax reporting needs. If you are eligible to book an appointment, you will receive access to a scheduling tool to select an appointment time that suits your schedule.  Please do NOT book multiple appointments or attempt to schedule an appointment without submitting the Eligibility Form online; such submissions will be rejected.

Additional resources and tools for routine filing needs will be made available for those who do not obtain an appointment. Please note: Nonimmigrants who are not eligible to use GTP or are not under UR immigration sponsorship will not be permitted to schedule an appointment. For information on other resources in the community, please visit our guidance for Preparing Your Tax Return.

For your information – A few reminders for tax season:

  • If you were NOT physically in the United States during the 2018 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 15. 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 15 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. Please make note of a new scam, in which aggressors are sending postmarked mail to victims’ addresses claiming to be the IRS. If you get a letter purporting to be from the IRS, call 1-800-TAX-1040 to find out whether or not the mail notice received was fraudulent. If you are ever unsure, please always ask ISO before responding to any requests.  Please do NOT call the phone number on the letter until you know for sure that the letter and request are legitimate!
  • We highly recommend that you use University Resources and Support to assist you with your tax filing obligations when possible.


Reminder - Employment Authorization Workshop Series

Three employment authorization workshops addressing employment options for international students in the US will be offered this semester, co-sponsored by the ISO, the Simon Career Management Center, and the Gwen M. Greene Center. Separate presentations will highlight relevant issues for both continuing and graduating students, along with discussions of other work-based immigration categories. If you are thinking about employment options for either after graduation or over the summer, we encourage you to attend these sessions to learn more about your eligibility and the application procedures for the necessary work permissions.  Do not delay!!

Work After Graduation: OPT Application Procedures
Monday, February 18- 5:00 to 6:30 pm
Wegmans Hall, Room 1400, River Campus

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Work After Graduation: OPT Application Procedures
Wednesday, March 6- 12:00 to 1:30 pm
Morey Hall, Room 321, River Campus

These workshops will cover work authorizations available to graduating F-1 students, including Optional Practical Training (OPT) and the transition to H1-B, extensions to OPT, unemployment, and travel. They will also offer detailed guidance on applying for OPT.  You will only need to attend one, and not both, of these workshops in order to obtain this valuable information about OPT. If you will be graduating this May or June (or even earlier), this is the time to start preparing your application materials!

Academic Internships & CPT Application Procedures
Friday, March 1- 12:00 to 1:30 pm
Morey Hall, Room 321, River Campus

This workshop will cover work authorizations available under current F-1 and J-1 regulations, along with alternative options for those with limited eligibility, which will allow students to pursue internship opportunities this summer. This workshop will also offer detailed guidance on applying for Curricular Practical Training (CPT).


Canadian Consulate Presentation - Thursday, February 28

Canadian Consulate Presentation
Thursday, February 28 – 5:00 to 6:00 pm
1400 Wegmans Hall, River Campus

Interesting in working in Canada? Representatives from the Immigration section of the Consulate General of Canada will be at the University of Rochester to conduct a presentation and cover a wide range of topics, including the process to become a Canadian via the Express Entry program and opportunities to work in Canada.  Current students and alumni, as well as both international and domestic students in any discipline, are welcome to attend! This will be valuable for anyone interested in future work or study in Canada.


Scholarship Funds Available to Students from the 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. 


Rochester Global Connections: Global Skate Event - Saturday, February 23 

Rochester Global Connections Global Skate Event
Saturday, February 23- 1:00 to 3:30 pm
Frank Ritter Ice Arena
51 Lomb Memorial Drive
Rochester, NY 14623

Join Rochester Global Connections for their Global Skate Event! 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 Figure Skating Club. Light refreshments will be provided. Transportation will be provided on an as needed basis.

This event is FREE for international students and RGC members (Interested in becoming a member? Join here!). Admission is $10.00 for the general public, which includes skate rental and admission. Online pre-registration is required.

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


Campus Focus: Black History Month at the Memorial Art Gallery - Sunday, February 17

Celebration Series – Black History Month
Sunday, 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 “Celebration 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; storytelling; guided docent tours of Black artists and African art in the MAG collection; live music with Jimmie Highsmith Jr.; A Community Conversation: Cultural Institutions and Racism Equity curated by Rachel Deguzman; and a youth dance performance showcase. For more information, please visit the event’s website.


Editor: Molly Murray, Immigration Advisor