Office of International Students & Programs

Current Franklin International Students

CPT Workshop Tomorrow (4/17/14) Canceled

The CPT workshop scheduled for tomorrow, Thursday April 17, 2014 has been canceled.  OISP will instead welcome Franklin’s new 2014 Summer International Students to campus at the New International Student Orientation.  The next CPT workshop will be held on Thursday May 15, 2014.

Fellow International Student in Search of Roommate or Permanent Housing

The Office was recently contacted by a new international student who is seeking permanent housing upon arrival to Columbus.  The student is a female from Kenya, and would prefer a female roommate.  She will arrive mid April, 2014.  Please contact Katelyn Summerford at Katelyn.Summerford@franklin.edu if you are interested.   Katelyn will reach out to you and discuss the opportunity further.
~The OISP Team

OPT Workshop Today

OISP will be holding an OPT workshop today, from 4pm-5pm in Frasch Hall, room 411.  If you have followed the OPT instructions recently posted to our blog, and have questions about your application or would like OISP to review your application before sending it to USCIS, please join us!

International Women’s Day 2014

Valentine’s day celebrates relationships and mother’s day celebrates women who have given birth or raised children. There is one holiday though that truly celebrates the achievements and progress of women as free individuals that contribute in endless ways to the progress of society. That is International Women’s Day observed March 8 of every year. Celebrating the achievements of women is very important because women are the carriers of culture. Historically, while men have left their homes to engage in endless wars and conflict women have remained as the true preserves of tradition, language, religion, art and community knowledge. As such the roles that women have played and continue to play are the essential foundation of durable peace and prosperity of society as a whole. Happy International Women’s day!

Follow us on Twitter @FranklinOISP as we tweet throughout the day about activities celebrating the occasion around the world.

Updated OPT instructions for graduating students

Hello students,

The Office of International Students and Programs has posted updated instructions for students who are interested in applying for Optional Practical Training (OPT). OPT is a work benefit for F-1 students that is most typically pursued at the end of a students program. The instructions include two detailed video tutorials that explain everything important about the OPT benefit and how to apply for it. If you are graduating at the end of this Winter 2014 semester you should most definitely apply for OPT. You can view the instructions and the tutorials at this page: http://engage.franklin.edu/oisp/current-student/opt/

 

Reminder to students in their final classes: Graduation Application due TODAY! Time to think about OPT!

For those of you who will be finishing your program during this term: please complete your graduation application by 6 PM EST today!

This is a MANDATORY step in the degree completion process, even if you do not plan on attending the commencement ceremony in May.  The graduation application can be found online through WebAdvisor; once completed, the application fee will be charged to your student account.

For more information on the application process, or for general graduation information, please visit: http://www.franklin.edu/student-services/graduation-information.

ALSO, don’t forget about OPT!  If you are and F-1 student in your last term, now is the time to start thinking about Optional Practical Training.  If you have questions or concerns about this process, or would like to meet with someone to go over requirements for applying for OPT, please contact the university to schedule an appointment.

For more information on the application process, please visit: http://engage.franklin.edu/oisp/files/2013/01/OPT-instructions-197ikbn.pdf

It’s time to do your taxes!

Listed below are some pieces of information about taxes for international students. As additional information becomes available it will be posted on here as well. Please note that the staff of the office of international students and programs cannot provide expert advice about tax matters.

Who Needs to File Tax Forms?

All international students who are not eligible to file the standard Internal Revenue Service (IRS) form 1040 (or 1040-EZ) must file IRS Form 8843, even if they did not earn income in the U.S. during the year. Foreign nationals who received U.S. source income must also file federal and state tax returns. Income normally includes salary, scholarship, income from mutual funds, etc. For tax non-residents, income does not include bank interest or money received from outside the U.S. If you were an employee and received wages subject to U.S. income tax withholding, your forms are due by April 15. If you did not receive wages as an employee subject to U.S. income tax withholding, your forms are due by June 16.

How Are People Notified About Taxes They Should Pay?

Some time in January and March of each year, universities and other employers send W-2 or 1042-S forms (tax statements) to current and former workers, telling them how much money has been held back from their pay or scholarship award checks for taxes. You will receive a tax form from any source of interest or income you have received. This information is used by the employee to complete and submit tax forms. If additional taxes are owed, the amount owed is submitted with the tax forms. If too much tax has been withheld, the IRS will issue a refund.

What Federal Tax Forms Should be Filed?

Most international students should file a special tax form (1040 NR or 1040 NR-EZ) along with Form 8843. If a tax treaty exemption is being claimed, form 8233 must also be submitted. These are the tax forms for non-residents.

International students (and their working spouses) who have been in the U.S. in F-1 or J-1 status for more than five years should review IRS publications to determine if they should instead file form 1040 or 1040-EZ. J-1 scholars (and their working spouses) who have been in the U.S. in J-1 status for more than two years should review IRS publications to determine if they should instead file form 1040 or 1040 EZ.

Where are Forms Available?

Federal Tax Forms
Download the forms from the IRS website.

Call the IRS at 1-800-829-3676

Most students will need Form 1040 NR-EZ and instructions; Form 8843, Publication 519 (U.S. Tax Guide for Aliens), and Publication 901 (U.S. Tax Treaties).

State of Ohio Tax Forms

Where are Information and Assistance with Taxes Available?

Federal Taxes

  1. IRS International Tax Question Number (215) 516-2000 (at prompts press 2 then 3) 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. Monday-Friday. If the line is busy, call before 8 a.m. or after 5 p.m.
  2. Private tax preparation companies. See telephone book yellow pages listing “Tax Return Preparation.” Ask if the company can assist with Form 1040 NR (non-resident) form. Ask for the fee amount in advance.
  3. The University of Texas self-help website. Please note: some areas of the site refer to services and policies of the University of Texas, but the tax information is useful for all international students and scholars in the U.S.

State Taxes

  1. 1-800-282-1780
  2. Ohio Department of Taxation 

    Additional information can be found on this document:NAFSA: Association of International Educators Federal Income Tax Brochure

Winter Weather closure and tips for international students

Hello international students,

As you probably know Franklin University has been closed today Monday 1/6/14 and will be closed on Tuesday 1/7/14. This is due to unusually extreme Winter weather conditions. Please be careful if you leave your place of residence as cold temperatures combined with cold winds are likely to be colder than anything you have experienced before. There may be ice or snow blocking walkways and roads. Here is some information you may find useful at this time:

Cold weather safety:

Classes:

If you have classes that start on Monday or Tuesday please make sure that you are logging in online and reading any announcements or information that your professor is providing for you on your my.franklin.edu website as well as in your specific course page. You may still be responsible for completing your assignments and submitting them to your professor online. Your missed classes will likely be made up this Friday.

Registration/Immigration issues:

Issues related to your immigration status or registration will be addressed once the university opens on Wednesday.

Safety is your priority!

 

Winter Break Closure

Greetings,

Franklin University will be closed Sunday, Dec. 22, 2013, through Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2014.  During this time, all University services will be unavailable, including the Help Desk, Call Center, Academic Advisors, Franklin University Nationwide Library, and the Student Learning Center (SLC). Course websites and student email will be accessible during this closure and current students will still be able to register for classes online.

The Bookstore will only be open Monday, Dec. 30 from 9 a.m.-6 p.m.  To allow access to the Bookstore.  Only the lower level of the Paul J. Otte Center for Student Services will be open. All other University buildings will be locked down with security systems armed.

If you have an extreme emergency related to the international office, you can attempt to leave a voice mail at (614) 407-6477. We will periodically check the messages at that number and evaluate if any action can be taken of your behalf prior to the University reopening on January 2,2014.

We would like to extend to you and your family our warmest regards this holiday season and we hope that you have a wonderful new year.

Thank you,

Bridget Banaszak
Suzie Arehart
Katelyn Summerford
Tamer Khadre
Philip Afesi