Next week: COVID Vaccines open to all Ohio residents; OPT workshop; deadlin
Next week: COVID Vaccines open to all Ohio residents; OPT workshop; deadlin
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Friday, March 26, 2021 | Spring Semester 2021

Make sure to file taxes!
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International students and scholars are required by law to file US tax documents before the tax deadline. Please note that the US Government (IRS) has extended the federal tax filing and payment deadline to May 17, 2021 for tax year 2020. Even with the extended deadline, ISSS advises you to complete your tax forms as soon as possible. Please note Miami and ISSS staff cannot advise on individual tax filings. 

If you earned income in the U.S. in 2020, you are required to file a tax return. If you received income from Miami University you should have received tax documents from the Payroll Office and access to Sprintax software, which can be used to file your non-resident alien taxes.

If you did not earn income in 2020, but were present in the US for one or more days, you must file Form 8843 only.

Failure to file a U.S. tax return can result not only in penalties but also future immigration issues for international students.
Questions about the US tax process? 
Register for Sprintax Tax Webinar on March 29 at 2 pm (EDT)
Register for Sprintax Tax Webinar on April 13 at 1 pm (EDT)
Monday, March 29 • Eligibility for COVID-19 Vaccine will be open to all Ohio Residents (including international students)
ISSS will be sending an email next week that details more information about the COVID-19 vaccination process. 
Tuesday, March 30 at 12 pm (EDT) • Optional Practical Training (OPT) Info Session
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Want to know more about off-campus work authorization after graduation?

ISSS staff will present info about Optional Practical Training: what is OPT, how and when to apply for OPT, and other work authorization considerations.
Thursday, April 1
• Last day to drop a full-term course with a "W"
• Last day to switch courses to credit/no-credit 
ISSS recommends emailing your instructor as soon as possible before March 30 if you wish to withdraw in order to allow time for review.
Please remember that if you currently hold F-1 status, you need to remain enrolled in at least 12 credits. Note that credit/no-credit courses still count toward full-time enrollment. Check last week's InternationaList Immigration Tip for more info. 
If you do not currently hold F-1 status, you can drop below 12 credits. Not sure of your situation? Contact ISSS to check.
Immigration Tip
Returning for Fall 2021? Check your visa expiration!
If you are planning to return to the US for Fall 2021, take a look at the F-1 or J-1 visa in your passport to see if it will still be valid in August 2021. If the expiration date listed on your visa is after your expected re-entry date, you do not need to apply for a new visa! Even if you have been outside the US for more than 5 months, your visa is still valid for re-entry if it has not expired. The immigration officers at the ports of entry into the US are only looking for the correct visa type (F-1 or J-1) and verifying that the visa has not yet expired. Only students with an expired visa (or no visa) need to be concerned about obtaining a new visa prior to entering the US this summer. 
Applications are now open for the Dean's Advisory Board (DAB)!
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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.
DAB is seeking passionate and engaged students who have a desire to positively impact their Miami community. Applications will remain open until 11:59pm on Wednesday, April 7th and notifications about DAB will be made by Monday, April 19th. All Miami students are welcome to apply. 

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