You’ve had an amazing summer. Whether you went back home or stayed in the US to work or intern, all good things must come to an end. As you begin to prepare for the start of a brand new school year, it is very easy to forget some of the essentials. Do not worry. We’ve […]Read more "Back To School Survival Guide"
You’re so excited you just got a new job (and we know how hard this is as an international student). You’ve worked hard for the past two weeks and are ready to get your first paycheck. Friday finally comes around and it’s payday and…you’re so underwhelmed by the actual amount you end up taking home. […]Read more "Why Is My Employer Withholding Taxes If I’m An International Student?"
Did you know that, by law, international students (and all aliens in the US) need to change their address with USCIS within 10 days of moving? If you get overwhelmed with official government paperwork – do not panic! The process is quick and easy and can be done online. Go to the USCIS change of […]Read more "How To Change Your Address With USCIS As An International Student"
Health insurance in the US is a pain. I’m sure by now you have heard all kinds of debates about Obamacare and the skyrocketing insurance premiums and the horror stories of people going to the doctor for a minor injury and going home with an absurd bill. Although health insurance is not a requirement for being […]Read more "Do I Need Health Insurance As An International Student In The US?"
When you come to the US on an F-1 visa you have a lot more flexibility to work in the US than you would on a work visa. Although you’re not allowed to work your first year (other than at your school), as an undergrad student you can be authorized to work while you’re in […]Read more "How To Approach Your Job Search As An International Student"
College can be incredibly overwhelming. From studying, to making new friends, to trying to stay healthy – there is a lot going on in a college student’s life at all times. When you add being from a completely different culture and sometimes even doing this all in a different language, college can quickly turn you […]Read more "How To Balance It All As An International Student"
If you see American adults freaking out in the months leading up to April, and you have no idea what’s going on, it’s probably tax season. If you’re a student from a foreign country (which we assume you are since you’re reading this blog) then you probably have a lot of questions. Do I have to file […]Read more "Filing Your Tax Returns As An International Student (2018 Edition)"
Moving away from home is extremely difficult. You can’t help but miss your culture, your food, your family, your friends, and your home. But once classes start and the newness of it all kicks in, the daily grind becomes fun and little by little you feel like you start fitting in. And then suddenly, when […]Read more "Dealing With Homesickness As An International Student"
Unless you used to live under a rock, you were aware of Thanksgiving Day way before moving to America. You’ve seen the TV show episodes (who could ever forget the iconic turkey head in Friends?), watched the viral videos of people going crazy on Black Friday, and followed your favorite celebrities as they performed on […]Read more "The International Student’s Guide To Celebrating Thanksgiving Day"
Congratulations! You did it. You got a paid job as an international student in the US. Your first day will be exciting, new and fun and you can’t wait to get to work, right? Well, before you get ahead of yourself, your employer will have several forms you will need to complete. Two of those […]Read more "How To Fill Out W-4 and I-9 Forms"