CIE is pleased to share that an emergency grant from the Institute of International Education (IIE) has just become available, but you must act quickly! The deadline to apply is Sunday, March 21, 2021. IIE is a not-for-profit international organization. The grant is specifically designed for international students who demonstrate a high financial need in order to complete their programs in Spring 2021 and/or to support Summer/Fall 2021 enrollment.
CIE will review your responses and determine eligibility for a nomination. CIE may nominate no more than 5 students to be considered for support from IIE. Please understand that it is IIE, not CIE who will evaluation nominations from U.S. colleges nationwide to decide how to award grant funding.
To request a nomination from CIE for this emergency relief funding, complete this online request form via the ISS Portal by no later than Sunday, March 21, 2021.
It’s just a few weeks until the 15 April tax filing deadline! As a nonresident in the US you have a tax filing obligation with the IRS, even if you did not receive US income.
Failure to file can lead to complications when applying for US visas in the future.
Madison College has arranged free access to Sprintax Tax Preparation for you for your Federal tax filing. Sprintax will guide you through the tax preparation process, arrange the necessary documents and check if you are due a tax refund. They are also able to help you file your State taxes for an additional fee.
Enter your unique code: SpR20MDC51F in the box on the ‘Review your order’ page
Sprintax will prepare your tax return
Finally, once you complete the preparation process in the Sprintax software, you must print, sign and mail your documents to the IRS.
If you have any questions, the Sprintax team will be happy to help via their 24/7 live chat facility. The CIE Team is not trained or authorized to give tax advice.
Spring Break - Student Services Available
Remember that during Spring Break CIE & other student services (advising, counseling, career services, etc.) will still be available, but instructors will largely be unavailable.
Have a fun and safe Spring Break!
CIE discourages non-essential travel this spring break and summer due to COVID-19.
If you must travel, use caution and carefully consider the following:
Visa expired? Anticipate delays and possible difficulty renewing.U.S. Embassies and Consulates, in general, are open for some services. However, the resumption of routine visa services is occurring on a post-by-post basic. Many are not at full capacity and some have not resumed routine visa services. Anticipate delays or the possibility of cancelled visa interview appointments. If your F-1 visa has expired and you leave the U.S., there is some risk of not getting a visa interview appointment to return for Fall 2021.
Review Advisories! All air passengers coming to the United States, including U.S. citizens and F-1 international students, are required to have a negative COVID-19 test result or documentation of recovery from COVID-19 before they board a flight to the United States. Please visit CDC’s website for additional information.
Scholarship Applications Due March 31
Madison College offers two scholarships for F-1 visa students - Devi Bhargava Memorial International Student Scholarship and International Student Foundation Scholarship. Apply by March 31st. Find out more information on the International tab of the scholarships web page.
Global Connections - Health Insurance
March 10 3:00-4:00 pm
Curious about insurance as an international student? Meet with Laura Waters, a Representative and Account Executive from Group Health Cooperative of South Central Wisconsin (GHC-SCW). She will be sharing an overview of where to access care, which GHC Clinics are available for you, as well as options to seek for virtual/telemedicine care. Come ask any questions you might have!
Join the Teams meeting here: https://bit.ly/globalconnectionsmarchGroup Health Cooperative of South Central Wisconsin (GHC-SCW) is a local non-profit health maintenance organization (HMO) with over 78,000 members in South Central Wisconsin.
A big congratulations is in order! Three of the four semifinalists representing Wisconsin in the highly competitive Jack Kent Cooke Foundation scholarship are Madison College F-1 visa holding international students! Through this award, the Foundation supports exceptionally talented community college students seeking to complete their bachelor’s degrees. Let's congratulate: Adama Sawadago (Burkina Faso) Francisco Eujenin Campos (Chile) Barbara Moreno (Venezuela)
Job Opportunity - Mail Services
Mail Services is hiring student employees to start immediately. This is a great opportunity with a welcoming work environment.