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International Student News


Issue 134 - April 2010

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Welcome to the 134th edition of the International Student News!


Its a busy time for paperwork for international students in the US. This month we have the last few days left before you need to file your tax returns, and with International Student Taxes we can help you get all the right documents completed and submitted before the April 15th deadline. Also, the once a decade census is underway, and international students need to complete the census as well.


Enjoy the newsletter!


Ross Mason

Editor, InternationalStudent.com

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International Student Tax Filing

Like everyone else in the US, international students must file with the IRS by April 15. What forms each student needs to file, and whether they will get any money back, will differ for each student. If you have worked and your employer withheld social security and medicare tax, you will be able to get that money refunded to you.


International Student Taxes offers a simple online service to help international students figure out what they have to file, and get it filed. In less than 30 minutes, most international students can have their taxes filed online. International students from over 500 U.S. colleges and universities have used ISTAXES to file their tax forms.


Visit the InternationalStudent.com Tax Center to get started today.


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> Facebook Fan Page

Have you taken a look at the International Student Facebook Fan page recently? We now have some exclusive offers available only to fans of our page. We currently have prepaid sim cards for the USA, UK, Australia, Canada and South African on offer, with FREE worldwide shipping to anywhere in the world. The exclusive offer, in partnership with our friends Fonepool, is a great deal for students and over the coming months we plan to add more offerings so please join up and become a fan!


To navigate the new fan page setup, we have tabs setup across the top which will vary from time to time - at the moment we have information on the new sim cards offer and student insurance plans.




> Student News - International Students Must Complete US Census Form

(from ABC News Blog)


April 1 was officially National Census Day, the day the U.S. Census Bureau has set for completed forms to be sent back. So college students who may be missing the deadline have another task to add to their to-do lists: Sandwiched between study sessions, exams, and end-of-semester searches for jobs and internships is filling out the census form.


That means you, the college student, not your parents. Eun Kim, a public information officer with the Bureau, admitted that this demographic is actually one of the hardest to count during the Census period. Students have not dealt with the form before, and they often either do not acknowledge it, or they leave it up to Mom and Dad to fill out. But the Census is intended to be a snapshot of America, of what the country looks like demographically on or about April 1.


So parents listing children who are not living at home currently risk their being counted twice.

Students who live on campus -- in dormitories, residence halls, fraternity houses or sorority homes -- are given an Individual Census Report.Those who live off-campus in apartment complexes or rented homes must fill out a form that accounts for all the residents. International students and non-citizens should also complete their Census forms because they physically reside in the country at the time of questioning.


Read the rest of the story on the ABC News Blog, or see more about the US Census and international students in this International Student Blog post.


> From the Mailbag

This month we have a post in our open forum from a student who is looking for help on what college and course to choose and where to find information - can you help them out?

"I am a bit confused in the matter of selecting the college and group. So I have an i20 from florida international university for computer science, and from minnesota state university for electrical engineering course, from st cloud state university for computer science. Basically I am a student from electrical and electronics engineering. So which one i should i choose for a good future. Which places are ideal for the education ,funding , ga's. Which university is good for research? I also need some part time jobs to do. Please suggest."

Can you offer any help? Please post a response:



> Fun Site of the Month

This month, our fun site of the month is StumbleUpon. StumbleUpon has been described by some as the Pandora Radio of the website world. The site allows you to discover new and interesting websites by "stumbling" through the world wide web. It works very simply, push the stumble button and you will set off on a journey through the world wide web to websites that have been recommended by the army of stumblers that use the service. If you see a website you like, recommend it and others will then be able to see it.


Give it a try and stumble through the web today! http://www.stumbleupon.com/


> World Cup Insurance

With the World Cup just under 80 days away – the tension and excitement is starting to build as the world's biggest tournament prepares to get underway. The World Cup tournament is held every four years, and this time South Africa is the host, and the place where people from all around the world will converge.


If you are one of the lucky ones who was able to get tickets, or you plan to travel to South Africa and get last minute tickets – you will want to make sure you are covered by a high quality health and travel insurance plan that will cover you in the event something happens. World Cup Insurance offers that plan, with rates as low as $7 for just 7 days of coverage and the flexibility to design coverage limits to suit your needs.


For more information and to purchase a plan please visit: http://www.worldcup-insurance.com/


> Last Word

We hope you enjoyed this month's newsletter, and best of luck to you as you pursue or help others pursue an international education! As always please contact us with any questions or comments you have about the newsletter - we love to hear from you!


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