Winter 2020: Week 11
Hello International Triton,

Greetings from the International Students & Programs Office (ISPO)! Stay up to date by reading our iStudents Newsletter for the latest of immigration updates, deadlines, reminders, and fun programs and events for international students at UC San Diego!
SPRING BREAK 2020 OFFICE HOURS
ISPO will be OPEN with regularly scheduled office hours during spring break!

Front Desk: Monday- Friday, 9AM- 4PM
Walk-In Advising Services: Monday- Friday (no advising on Tuesdays) 9AM- 12PM and 1PM- 4PM

CESAR CHAVEZ HOLIDAY

However, ISPO will be CLOSED on FRIDAY, MARCH 27, 2020 in observance of the Cesar Chavez holiday. The office will re-open with regular business hours the following MONDAY, MARCH 30, 2020.
IMPORTANT TRAVEL INFORMATION
Spring Break is coming up. Make sure you have all the required documentation for travel and re-entry into the U.S., including a valid travel signature on your I-20 (F-1 Students) or DS-2019 (J-1 Students).

A travel signature is valid for one year from the date of last signature (6 months for F-1 OPT students). If your travel signature will be expired at the time of your re-entry into the U.S., you need to renew it before you leave the U.S.

Renew your travel signature now to avoid long pick-up lines later:
  1. Log into iportal.ucsd.edu, click on Services page and select "Travel Signature I-20/DS-2019 Request"
  2. Do NOT drop off your original I-20/DS-32019 at ISPO; keep it for your records
  3. Your new I-20/DS-2019 with a new travel signature will be read in 3 business days
Tax Season Resources for International Students
UPDATE: The Tax Workshops for Monday, March 16 and Thursday, March 19 will be moving to online platforms . Below you will find the RSVP information:
Date:   Monday, March 16th
Time:   12:00 noon - 2:00 pm
2018 PowerPoint available in 
Date:   Thursday, March 19th
Time:   10:00 am - 12:00 noon 
2018 PowerPoint available in pdf:
Forms for Residents: 540   540 2EZ
Forms for Part-year or Nonresidents: 540NR    CA(540NR)
Instructions to download Zoom is here
To understand international student/scholar state and federal tax filing obligations for Tax Year 2019, please read the information on our tax resources website at: 

FORM 8843 FOR ALL NONRESIDENT ALIENS FOR TAX PURPOSES: 
All Internationals who are Nonresident Aliens for Tax Purposes and were present in the U.S. for at least one calendar day in 2019 in F or J status must at least file the federal Form 8843. If you only need to file this one form to meet your federal tax filing obligations, see internationaltaxhelp.ucsd.edu for quick instructions. 
 
FEDERAL AND STATE TAX FILING: 
If you had any income from a U.S. source, you are responsible for reviewing tax filing requirements. The workshops below may be helpful to you if you are required to file. Glacier Tax Prep, a tax filing software solution for federal tax filing obligations for Nonresident Aliens for Tax Purposes, will be available on approximately March 15th. Federal and State Tax Workshops are scheduled for the following dates and locations: 
 
RSVP to one of our Tax Workshops!
3/16/20 -  Federal Tax Workshop  
3/19/20 -  State Tax Workshop   

Representatives from the California Franchise Tax Board will be present.
Important:  These workshops are sequential. You will need to have completed your federal tax return in order to begin your state tax return. 
INTERCULTURAL SOCIAL HOUR
ISPO welcomes all international and domestic students on the last week of every month to share their cultures and make new friends through conversation, games and light refreshments! Join us next Wednesday, March 26 at 4:30PM in Student Center B!
CONTACT ISPO
Visit our website at iStudents.ucsd.edu or send us a message through our Online Contact Form
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WHY AM I RECEIVING THIS NEWSLETTER? All international students studying at UC San Diego are automatically subscribed to the iStudents Newsletter to ensure they receive proper immigration updates from our office. The information sent in this Newsletter is available on ISPO's website, iStudents.ucsd.edu, or may direct students to other external resources. You have the right to unsubscribe from receiving updates from our office at anytime. You can do this by emailing istudents@ucsd.edu . Note, all international students at UC San Diego are responsible for staying up to date with immigration regulations that may affect them. To learn more, visit our website at iStudents.ucsd.edu