Category Archives: Employment

OPT Info Session to be Held

International Student Programs will hold an information session on Optional Practical Training (OPT) for current F-1 visa students on Tuesday, Feb. 17, from 5 to 6 p.m. in Larsen 237. The purpose of OPT is to allow international students the opportunity to obtain part- or full-time work authorization for 12 months in a position directly related to a student’s major area of study. If you are considering OPT and are interested in learning more about how to apply, you should attend this session.

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Tax Obligations (and Assistance) for F-1 Visa Students

The United States Internal Revenue Service (IRS) requires that you submit tax returns by April 15 each year (city and state tax offices generally use this same deadline).

To assist international students in filing their returns, accounting students from the Department of Management and Business at Messiah College offer free tax preparation services as part of the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program. Services are provided every Tuesday evening from 5:30–7:30 p.m. in Frey 156 beginning February 3 and ending on April 15. It will be closed on March 17 for spring break. Click here for more details.

All international students, regardless of whether or not income was earned, are required to file IRS Form 8843 (http://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/f8843.pdf).

All international students with an F-1 visa who receive any sort of income, including tuition reduction, scholarships, fellowships, grants, salaries, wages, stipends, interest, dividends, etc., from U.S. sources are also required to file income tax returns with federal, state, and city governments.

When filing tax returns, ensure that you …

  • Report all U.S. source income for the entire previous year (January 1 to December 31)
  • Calculate how much tax is owed on that income
  • At each of the three levels of government (local, state, federal), if you are owed money, request it. If you owe money, pay it. (Most internationals will either owe nothing or are owed money).

Please note that neither International Student Programs nor any other office at Messiah College can offer specific tax advice. It is your own responsibility to understand your tax obligations. Tax regulations can be very confusing, particularly for international students. Therefore, you should only rely on someone with proper training to assist you in filing.

For more information on federal taxes, visit www.irs.gov.

For more information on state taxes, visit www.revenue.state.pa.us.

For more information on local taxes, visit www.cumberlandtax.org.

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OPT info session to be held

International Student Programs will hold an information session on Optional Practical Training (OPT) for current F1 visa students on Tuesday, Feb. 18, at 7 p.m. in Larsen 237. The purpose of OPT is to allow international students the opportunity to obtain part- or full-time work authorization for 12 months in a position directly related to a student’s major area of study. If you are considering OPT and are interested in learning more about how to apply, you should attend this session.

 

 

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Spring Internship application deadline approaching

Reminder: If you wish to earn academic credit for an internship in the Spring, the application deadline is Tuesday, October 1.

Go to www.messiah.edu/internship and click on the “Inquiring Students” link. Most all of your questions will likely be answered by the information found there. If you would like some assistance locating an internship site, you may apply by clicking the blue “Application” ribbon on the right side of the page.

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Free employment advising for international students

On Monday, February 25, immigration attorney Art Serratelli will be at Messiah College to advise those of you interested in staying in the U.S. after graduation to work. Art specializes in all matters related to H-1B visas and can also provide insight for those interested in OPT (Optional Practical Training), both which permit non-U.S. citizens to work in the United States. Art will be available by appointment for 15-minute, one-on-one sessions throughout the day in Larsen 207 (the conference room just past the Intercultural Office). This service is free of charge.

Spots are limited so sign up quickly today. Go to SignUp Genius and enter access code OPT4ME. Choose a time slot that works for you and make note of it. Please try to arrive promptly for your appointment time.

For students wanting to gain practical work experience while still working toward their undergraduate degree, CPT (Curricular Practical Training) is an option. CPT permits F-1 visa students to work off campus through curricular-based internships. For those interested in learning more about CPT, Kevin Villegas, Director of International Student Programs, will host a session on the same day, Monday, February 25, in Boyer 134, at 7 p.m.