Explore employment opportunities with ISSS or prepare to apply for OPT
Explore employment opportunities with ISSS or prepare to apply for OPT
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Friday, February 5, 2021 | Spring Semester 2021

Focus on Occupational Wellness!
group of ipols at orientation holding welcome signs for international students
Are you a graduate student looking to make an impact on the international community at Miami?
Gain professional experience working with ISSS and play an integral role in helping new international students prepare for success as an International Peer Orienation Leader. iPOLs are vital in shaping a positive experience for international students who will be starting their studies in Fall 2021. The iPOL webpage has more information on responsibilites, qualifications and important dates. 
Apply to be a Graduate Student iPOL
job applicant in suit looks on as employer points out info
Are you an international student thinking about career opportunities after graduation?
Update your Handshake account and review the ISSS webpage on Optional Practical Training. OPT is off-campus work authorization for students in F-1 status who have completed their academic program. If you have questions about the OPT process or are interested to learn more, ISSS staff will offer an OPT info session on February 18 at 12pm (noon) EST.  
Attend OPT Info Session on Feb. 18
Are you studying on campus, interested in creative projects and have skills or experience in writing, translating, design, or video production?
Work on programs that support and engage Miami’s international population and the campus community.
Apply to be an ISSS Student Associate
Wednesday, February 10 at 4:00pm EST
golden ox ornament hanging from a pink flower tree for for lunar new year
Friday, February 12 at 7:00pm EST - Lunar New Year Festival
The Comparative Religion Student Association will host a lunar new year party arranged so that attendees can join one or more of the twelve differnt animal zodiac rooms: mouse/rat, ox/cow, tiger, rabbit, dragon, snake, horse, goat/sheep, monkey, rooster/chicken, dog, and pig. 2021 will be the year of the Ox!
white paper cup with a drawing of a scene from Paris
Wednesday, February 17 (no classes for wellness day)   - NationaliTea at the ISC
Find a new favorite type of uplifting beverage from across the world! A take-a-cup-to-go tea tasting station will be set up outside the International Student Center in the MacMillan Hall parking lot. 

Immigration Tip
Get prepared to file your taxes!

Any international student who was present in the U.S. for part of 2020 should file Form 8843 for the upcoming tax season.

International students who received a form of income from Miami will soon receive additional tax documents from the Payroll Office along with information on how to access the Sprintax online tax preparation software. 

Sprintax will be offering several live webinars that cover topics such as who must file a U.S. tax return, residency for tax purposes, FICA, amended returns, implications of misfiling, the stimulus check and much more.
Register for Sprintax Tax Webinar on February 16 at 3 PM (EST)
Register for Sprintax Tax Webinar on March 3 at 12 PM (EST)
Schedule a meeting with the Dean of Students!
Febrauary virtual office hours: Dean of students, Dr. Kimberly Moore; Associate Dean of Students, Gabby Dralle
Share your successes, challenges, issues and concerns with the Office of the Dean of Students. Students who are interested can sign up for a 20 minute one-on-one meeting. 
Schedule a Meeting with the Dean of Students
International Student Center: for student and community developemtn and intercultural engagement
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