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Spring 2017 Semester

  • Monday - Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Advisor-on-call (AOC) times:

Appointments are available on a walk-in basis. 

  • Monday - Friday 11:00a.m. to 3:00 p.m. 

For general inquiries send an e-mail to: lescis@syr.edu.

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SEMINARS SCHEDULE

  • All seminars are held at the Slutzker Center for International Services. Please arrive 15 minutes before the indicated time.
  • Practical Training Seminars: Please see revised schedule of CPT/OPT Seminars in Announcements to the right.
  • Practical Training Step 2: Please see revised schedule of CPT/OPT Seminars in Announcements to the right.

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    Virtual Tour

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    Visit campus online! Take a walking tour with our virtual tour guide to explore the sights of our beautiful campus. Visit the Quad, academic buildings, the Carrier Dome, and more. Begin tour.

    Bird Library also offers a virtual tour highlighting library places, services and collections. Web, slide show and video versions are available.

    News and Announcements

    Slutzker Center closing Early-Friday, March 24, 2017

    This Friday, March 24, 2017, the Slutzker Center for International Services will close at 2:30 pm to allow the staff to attend the Induction Ceremony of the Alpha Sigma Chapter of Phi Beta Delta, the international honor society.  We will re-open at 8:30 am on Monday, March 27, 2017.  You may email the Slutzker Center at lescis@syr.edu if you have questions.  If you have an emergency, you should contact the Department of Public Safety at 315-443-2224.

    Immigration Status After OPT

    Hilary Fraser, an immigration attorney from the law firm Miller Mayer in Ithaca, NY will be on campus to discuss Immigration Status After Practical Training.

    Date:  Monday, March 27, 2017

    Time:  4:00 pm-6:00 pm

    Place:  Maxwell Auditorium

    Topics to be covered include:

    • H-1B Temporary Worker Status
    • I-1 Aliens of Extraordinary Ability
    • TNs under NAFTA
    • Permanent Residence/Green Cards
      • Labor Certification
      • Outstanding Professors and Researchers
      • Extraordinary Ability Aliens

    CPT and OPT Seminar Schedule for Spring 2017

     

    Because of the large number of students who attend Curricular Practical Training (CPT) and Optional Practical Training (OPT) seminars and the availability of rooms on campus, the CPT and OPT Seminar schedule has had to be changed for the Spring 2017 semester.  It will be as follows:   

    DATE                                   CPT begins at     OPT begins at                   Location  

    March 24                            3:00 pm               3:45 pm               Life Sciences Building 001

    March 29                            5:30 pm               6:15 pm                     Hall of Languages 107

    April 5                                 5:00 pm               5:45 pm                    Maxwell Auditorium

    Beginning on April 14, 2017 (the second Friday of April), the CPT and OPT Seminar schedule will return to the regular schedule of the first and third Monday and second Friday of every month at the Slutzker Center, 310 Walnut Place, with CPT beginning at 3:00 pm and OPT beginning at 3:45 pm.

    CPT and OPT Processing (PT Step 2)

     

    Schedule for Spring 2017

    Walk-In processing of CPT and OPT applications will increase to four days a week (Monday through Thursday) beginning the week of February 13 through April 27.  On Monday, May 1, 2017, processing will return to the usual two days a week schedule. 

    February 20  through April 27

    Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays                               3 pm-5 pm

    Thursdays                                                                      10 am-12 noon

    Beginning May 1

    Mondays                                                                           3 pm-4:30 pm

    Thursdays                                                                        10 am-12 noon

    Attention All International Students!


    Peer Assistant Volunteer Opportunity!

    Remember how welcomed the peer assistants made you feel when you first arrived at the Slutzker Center?

    We are once again in need of reliable and welcoming volunteers during the Summer & Fall of 2017 arrival process to greet the new international students.

    Peer Assistants are unpaid volunteers who support the Slutzker Center in its mission to support and to serve Syracuse University’s international student population.

    The primary roles of a Peer Assistant are:

    • To welcome and assist students during the arrival, check-in and throughout the orientation process. 
    • To provide students with answers and/or direct them towards SCIS-approved resources.

    This is a great opportunity to meet new international students, to form new friendships, build your resume and give back to the University community. 

    To be considered, candidates must meet the following criteria:

    • Enrolled at Syracuse University for at least one academic semester,
    • Attend training prior to beginning the Peer Assistant work. 

    Peer Assistant volunteers will be required to work a minimum of 14 hours per week during the term(s) for which they applied. Based on availability, Peer Assistants will be expected to work from June 12 –August 1 -31, 2017

    Application deadline is Friday, March 31, 2017.

    If interested please send your completed peer assistant application to Fariba Rahmanzadeh at farahman@syr.edu

     

    To download the application, please click here 

    Tax Preparation Software

    The Slutzker Center will soon make available a tax preparation software program called Sprintax.  This will replace Glacier, the previous program that we used.  An international student is required to file a tax return if you worked in the U.S. or received a stipend, grant or allowance over a certain amount of money.  Sprintax will assist you to prepare a tax return

    If you didn’t work or receive income in the U.S., you are still legally required to file a Form 8843 with the Internal Revenue Service.  You do not need to/should not use Sprintax to file the Form 8843.

    Information about accessing Sprintax to use to prepare your 2016 tax return will be available after February 15.  Please watch your syr.edu email for information and visit the Slutzker Center tax webpage.

    If you would like to file your taxes before Sprintax is available, the Slutzker Center tax webpage has links to Internal Revenue Service and New York State forms and instructions.  

    USCIS OPT Fee Increase - Reminder

    The filing fee for an OPT application (Form I-765) increased to $410 effective December 23rd, 2016. All OPT applications submitted after this date must include a check or money order for $410.

    The Impact of the 2016 Election on Immigration Matters

     

    We are collecting information about the potential impact of the recent U.S. election results on immigration matters here.

    There are some matters about which there is a lot of speculation because no one can know what will happen…what will the new President of the U.S. do with regard to immigration?  There are other matters about which there is some certainty…what does the U.S. legislative and regulatory process require for changes in immigration matters to take place? 

    If you have questions or concerns, please feel free to visit the Slutzker Center to speak to an advisor.  We have an Advisor on Call, Monday-Friday, 11 am-3 pm.  Please keep in mind that we expect to learn more about the new administration’s immigration-related intentions over the next few months.   

    We ask you to keep in mind the following from the November 11, 2016 Message from Chancellor Kent Syverud:   

    Syracuse University is built upon a deep sense of an inclusive community. This is a commitment to open and respectful dialogue, dedication to academic freedom and the search for truth, and a promise to include all voices, to listen to all viewpoints, and to embrace all members irrespective of race, ethnicity, nationality, religion, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, citizenship, disability, veteran-military status and political views.  

    Arrival Guide for New Students

    Congratulations on your acceptance to Syracuse University. Please follow the link below for important information on the arrival procedures.

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