Non-immigrants are unaffected by latest presidential proclamation on entry
Non-immigrants are unaffected by latest presidential proclamation on entry
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Friday, April 24 | Spring Semester 2020

Good Morning, Miami!
Today's Guest, Molly Heidemann, Director, ISSS
Programs and Events
Spring Semester 2020 Important Dates to Know: 

Now: Fall 2020 Registration has opened. Check your registration time ticket in BannerWeb. See below in Announcements for some courses that are relevant and may be of interest to international students. 

May 8: Deadline for requesting credit/no credit
Review the credit/no-credit grading policy for the Spring 2020 term. Students will have the option to select credit/no-credit grading for certain courses (check BannerWeb to see if this option is available for specific courses). 

May 15: Last Day of Spring Semester
immigration tip
U.S. Entry for Non-Immigrants
A presidential proclamation was issued on April 22, 2020 suspending the ability of foreign nationals to enter the United States as immigrants, with a few exceptions. Please note F-1 and J-1 visas are considered non-immigrant visas. Therefore, students and scholars in F-1 or J-1 status are not considered immigrants and are not affected by this proclamation. You may want to review the current travel restrictions that affect non-immigrants.
ISSS will continue to keep our community updated with any changes to immigration policy that may affect our students and scholars. 
Taxes, Economic Impact Money, and Scams

Remember this year’s deadline for U.S. and Ohio taxes is July 15, 2020.  International students and scholars are required by law to file US tax documents before the tax deadline. ISSS cannot advise on individual tax preparation, but you can find more detailed information about taxes on the ISSS website.

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS: the U.S. tax agency that collects taxes and enforces tax laws) is also distributing payments to many people as part of US government  response to the economic impact of the coronavirus. In most cases international students and scholars are not eligible for economic impact payments.  If you mistakenly received a payment, read about the IRS process for returning a direct deposit or check.

Also, please be on guard against scams during this time. The IRS or other government agency will never call you and ask you to give money or information over the phone. Refusing to give information or send money over the phone will never cause you to lose your legal status in the United States.

If you ever receive a phone call, email, or request that makes you feel uneasy, collect as much information as possible (e.g. the number that the call is coming from, the person’s name who is making the request, etc.), hang up, and report the call or request to ISSS or the Miami University Police Department.

EDL 100: Career Development for the College Student
Tuesdays | 4:25 - 6:15pm | Section B 73917 "International Students Only"

Designed for international students who have not yet declared a major or are feeling unsure about their current major, this 2 credit course will assist students in exploring career clusters and occupations that are appropriate for them based on their interests and passions.  Questions? Contact Shayna Smith, or 513-529-3829. 

IDS 154: Introduction to Study Abroad
Sprint Course, August 31 - November 6 | Tuesdays and Thursdays | 4:25 - 6pm 

Students will consider questions, issues, and challenges that will be part of their travel, study, and daily lives while studying abroad and develop tools for increased cultural competencies in this 2 credit sprint course. Questions? Contact Dave MacAvoy,

IDS 156: Study Abroad Reentry
Sprint Course, August 25 - October 20 | Tuesdays | 4:25 - 5:55 pm 

Bringing you opportunities to reflect upon what you have learned abroad and articulate your experiences, this 1 credit sprint course will enable you to build new intercultural competence and enhance global perspective. Questions? Contact Peter Maribei,
DAB creates an opportunity for students to influence positive change on campus, celebrate student accomplishments, and help the Office of the Dean of Students set priorities and create initiatives. The board is expected to meet bi-weekly on Fridays throughout the 2020-21 academic year.
If you are living off-campus, please remember to make sure you are counted in the 2020 Census. More information can be found at: Miami University Census 2020 page or the City of Oxford Census page.
If you have a non-paying internship for Summer 2020, the Career Center is accepting applications for Summer Internship Awards, ranging from  $2000-$3000. Apply before April 27, 2020. For any questions, please contact Jennifer McLaughlin at
Are you looking to distribute information about your event, program, group, etc. to international students and scholars at Miami? Submit an ISSS communications request.
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