Kent State Office of Global Educaiton
Traveling for Spring Break? Plan Ahead!

International students planning to travel outside the United States during spring break need to obtain a travel signature prior to leaving the country. We invite you to plan ahead in requesting a travel signature. The best way to do this is to join us to connect, enjoy refreshments, and receive your travel signature all at once.

Sign & Dine 
Thursday, March 15, 2018
1:30 - 4 p.m.
Van Campen Hall, Room 111

Ensure you have the correct travel documents and approvals with you. 
Please remember to travel with the following documents: 
  • Valid passport
  • Valid visa
  • I-20/DS-2019 with a valid travel signature (see following)
  • EAD card, job offer letter, and pay stubs (if you are participating in OPT or STEM OPT - pay stubs are optional)

If you are unable to join us for this event, you can obtain a travel signature by dropping off your most recent I-20/DS-2019 to the reception desk at the Office of Global Education during normal business hours. Your I-20 will be ready for pick up the following business day with an updated travel signature on page 2 for I-20s or page 1 for DS-2019s. The travel signatures are valid for 1 year (unless you are on OPT or STEM OPT).
 
Because of required processing time, we recommend that you plan well in advance to obtain your travel signature.
The travel signatures are valid for 1 year (unless you are on OPT or STEM OPT). 

Showcase Your Talent

The Office of International Student Affairs and the International Student Council are calling all students to sign up to participate in the International Talent and Fashion Show scheduled for April 20. Model traditional clothing and perform music, song and dance from your home country. Deadline to enter is March 19. Sign up by email at:
isckentstate@gmail.com 
Student Legal Services: Responding to Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Officials  

What should I do if officials from ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement) or any other police agency come to my home?
Because you are lawfully within the U.S., you have certain rights under the law and constitution.
 
Ask the official to see his identification badge and ask if he has a warrant to show you. You are not required to let any government official into your home without a warrant unless there is an emergency. An example of an emergency is if someone within your home is in danger of harm.  

You are required to give the official your correct name and date of birth. Beyond that, you have a "right to remain silent". You are not required to volunteer any other information. Do not give any false information. You should calmly and politely state that you do not want to answer any questions until your attorney can be present. The official might say things like he will not be able to help you unless you help him. He may try to make you think you will get into trouble if you do not answer his questions.

You cannot get into trouble for remaining silent.
This is your right.

To protect yourself, it is important that you do not speak with ICE or any other police officer unless you have a lawyer with you. Simply ask how to contact the officer and then consult with an attorney as soon as possible.
 
Kent State Student Legal Services We hope that this information is helpful to you. Additional information and helpful forms are available on the Kent State Student Legal Services website. If you have any questions or concerns pertaining to your obligations or rights under your lease agreement, or there are other legal matters with which we can assist you, we welcome you to contact Student Legal Services to schedule an appointment with one of 
our staff attorneys. 
 
To make an appointment, phone: 
330-672-9550 or send an e-mail to: studentls@kent.edu 
Attention International Students: It's Time to File Your Income Taxes

Federal law requires all international students to file an income tax return each year. Tax returns for 2017 are due April 17, 2018 for students who worked in 2017, or June 15, 2018 for students who did not have income within the United States in 2017. The Kent State 2017 Tax Guide is now available with step-by-step instructions to help you determine your residency status as non-resident alien or resident alien,and to guide you through the 2017 tax filing process.

The tax filing depends on your residency status for tax purposes. Students with F or J VISA's are considered non-resident aliens during their first five years in the United States. Please use the Tax Status Chart 1 to determine if you are automatically a non-resident alien. If you are not automatically a non-resident alien according to Tax Status Chart 1, then use Tax Status Chart 2 to determine your residency status.

Non-Resident Alien Filing
If you are a  non-resident alien for tax purposes, you will use the GLACIER software to file your taxes. GLACIER is the only software you can use. Please read and follow the 2017 Tax Guide carefully for steps to use the software.
Please Note: If you need assistance using the software, please email support@online-tax.net. Because ISSS, the payroll office, the tax office, and VITA@Kent State are not tax advisors, they can only refer you to the 2017 Tax Guide and the glacier support e-mail for assistance.

Resident Alien Filing
If you are a resident alien for tax purposes (consult the two Tax Status Charts), please visit the Kent State VITA webpage for more information on obtaining free tax preparation by IRS-certified volunteers.

Links to Helpful Resources :
Spring 2018 Walk-In Advising Hours
 
International Student and Scholar Services

Mondays 
1:30 to 4:00 pm
Last sign in at 3:45
Tuesdays
 
9:00 to 11:30 am  
Last sign in at 11:00
Wednesdays
 
9:00 to 11:30 am  
Last sign in at 11:00  1:30 to 4:00 pm
Last sign in at 3:45
Thursdays
No Advising 
Fridays 
9:00 to 11:30 am  
Last sign in at 11:00
 
Contact Us: 
Phone: 1-330-672-7980 
Email: isss@kent.edu 
Campus Location: Van Campen Hall 
Address: 106 Van Campen Hall, 625 Loop Road, Kent, OH 44242-0001 

International Student News
March 14, 2018  |  Number 9 
International students enjoying a spring day.
A Bond of Friendship that Knows no Bounds
Saloni Parekh and Shivani Patel As children, we often are blessed to have a best friend - a special someone who we hope will remain with us throughout all the days of our lives. For Kent State international students, Shivani Patel and Saloni Parekh, that hope has remained steadfast and true. Shivani, a sophomore studying construction management, and Saloni, a freshman studying art education, have been best friends for eighteen years, nearly their entire lives. They grew up and attended school together in the state of Gujarat in India. From an early age, the two knew that they would one day live, study and travel together.
Nominate a Student for the International Community Impact Award
Kent State International Community impact Award The International Community Impact (ICI) Award recognizes a graduating international student who has made significant contributions to the Kent State community through his or her activities and relationships. The award will be presented during this spring's International Graduation Reception, May 10.
 
If you know of someone whom you feel is worthy of receiving the award, we eagerly encourage you to nominate him or her. The deadline for nominations is April 16.
Upcoming Events
March 15  |  "Sign and Dine" Travel Signature Party
Room 111, Van Campen  |  1:30-4:00 pm  
Sign and Dine
If you plan to travel this Spring Break, then you'll want to join the staff of the Office of Global Education for our "Sign and Dine" Travel Signature Party on March 15. Get your travel signature while enjoying fun, refreshments, giveaways and prizes. It's a fast, fun way to get your travel signature. We'll see you there!
March 15 | Speaker: Ravi Hutheesing 
Cartwright Hall, University Auditorium  |  6:30 pm  
Global keynote speaker  Ravi Hutheesing  will speak about cultural competency. Hutheesing has worked to bridge generational and cultural divides through the empowerment and education of leaders. Hutheesing empowers audiences with cultural competency tools that foster world peace.  
March 15 | "World Relief" Non-Profit Spotlight Speaker Series 
Room 201, Henderson Hall  |  6:30-8:00 pm  
World Relief_ Non-Profit Speaker Series Numerous Kent State sponsoring entities invite your to join them to hear Kara Ulmer, Director of World Relief Akron,  discuss the work of the nonprofit organization, as well as the lives of the many refugees living the Greater Akron area.      
March 16 | Omani Night
Governance Chambers, Kent Student Center, Second Floor  |  4:30 pm
Learn about Omani culture. Join the Kent State Omani Student Organization as it hosts an evening of Omani food and culture. All are welcome to this free event.  
March 16 | African Night: 54 Shades of Afrika
Kent Student Center Ballroom  |  6:30 pm
54 Shades of Afrika_ March 16 Presented by the Kent African Student Association and hosted by Aphricanape. The event promises to be a showcase of the beauty of the African culture through all the senses. Food will be served from 6:30 pm - 7 pm. The main event will begin at 7 pm promptly! This event is 100% FREE! Bring your friends, family and loved ones!  
March 19 | Florence in a Flash
KIVA Auditorium, Kent Student Center  |  2:30 pm
Florence in a Flash_ March 19 Everything you wanted to know about Florence in just 90 minutes! Join four world-renowned experts as they discuss some of the most outrageous, scandalous and seductive aspects of Italian culture and history, and how Italian genius shaped the world of love, art, architecture and espionage.
March 21  |  Cultural Café, Finland and India
Kent Student Center Ballroom Balcony, Third Floor  |  4:00 to 5:30 pm 
Learn everything you ever wanted to know and then some about Finland and India as two international students host presentations about their native lands. In between the presentations, sample selected dishes of the two countries' cuisine. 
March 22  |  Game Night
Room 206, Kent Student Center  |  5:00 to 10:00 pm 
Join the Chinese Student Association for its fun-filled Game Night. Many games will be available, including, cards, board games, dominoes, chess, scribble and more. Don't miss this chance to make have fun and make friends. 
April 14  |  Cleveland Art Adventure
Cleveland Art Museum, Bus Tour of Downtown and West Side Market  |  Day Trip
Join us as we take a Saturday Day Trip to Cleveland, OH. We spend the morning at the world-renowned Cleveland Museum of Art. Then we'll take leisurely drive through downtown Cleveland to see numerous points of interest before w arrive at the West Side Market for an afternoon of shopping and fun. Join us! 
May 10  |  International Graduation Reception
Kent State Student Center Ballroom  |  5:00 to 
7:00 pm
International Graduation Reception_ May 10
Congratulations to our Spring 2018 graduates. Celebrate your success with us at the International Graduation Reception. The event is free and open to all international students graduating this semester. Invite your family and friends to share your upcoming graduation together. Enjoy refreshments and plenty of fun activities. The event is FREE, but we ask you to please register in advance. Register by April 23 and receive a FREE Graduation Stole embroidered with the name of your home country!
Plan Ahead

March 17  |  St. Patrick's Day
March 20  |  First Day of Spring
March 26 to April 1  |  Spring Break
March 28 to 31  |  Spring Break Trip 2018: New York City
April 1  |  April Fools Day
April 20  |  International Talent and Fashion Show  

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