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Pre-departure Orientation for Co-op Interns Presented by Cathy Stein International Employment Specialist
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Welcome Shut off cell phones, set to vibrate Avoid any talking please Take notes as there is a lot of information that will be shared
Agenda J-1 Visa rules Important Documents Entering the U.S. Housing Social Security Cards Bank Accounts Payroll forms Driving
J1 Exchange Visitor Program Who is your Program Sponsor? Distinction between “work” and “training” –“I am an intern going to the U.S. to train on a J-1 visa.” Duties and activities should follow Training Plan Only train until the end date on DS-2019 extend your internship- is possible in some cases 30-day grace period before and after internship No travelling outside US during 30 day period
J1 Exchange Visitor Program No changing companies or working at other companies Two-year Residency Rule 212(e) (international students) Maximum duration of 8 months (Waterloo co-op interns) Number of internships not limited
Entering the United States; Important Documents
Form DS-2019 Show at the border Keep for life Replacement cost is charged
Visa Stamp Non-Canadian citizens
SEVIS Receipt Student and Exchange Visitor Information System –Generates Form DS-2019 –Tracks visa holders Need to pay for prior to Consulate Interview and/or arrival in the U.S.
Electronic I-94: Entering by Air Your entry is automatically recorded and you will not receive a card Upon arrival in the U.S. retrieve your arrival record online: –https://i94.cbp.dhs.gov/I94/request.htmlhttps://i94.cbp.dhs.gov/I94/request.html Download, save and print!
Electronic I-94: Flying
I-94 Card: Driving Record of arrival and departure to and from the U.S. Obtained at the port of entry Fill it out using your full legal name
Other Important Documents Proof of funds $3,000 bank statement, credit card statement, support letter Signed Training Plan Offer letter from employer Address of where you will be staying Résumé
Before you leave Canada Gather and scan all documentation it to yourself and emergency contact Clean out wallets and purses Arrange travel only if you have your DS-2019 Confirm housing appointments Connect with other students going to same destination
Arrival in the United States
Check your documentation to ensure you have entered the U.S. correctly us with your US mailing address: within 24 hours of arriving Update Cathy immediately if your address, phone, or changes Register with the Canadian consulate Immediate Arrival Checklist
Housing Connect with other Waterloo students Off campus housing hot housing leads Look online and university bulletin boards Ask a lot of questions Read everything carefully before signing Use Google Earth Resell furniture & household supplies Find an American roommate!
Social Security Number Applying for a card: Wait 10 days after entering U.S. before applying Make sure your visa sponsor has validated your visa with SEVIS Bring DS-2019 form/Visa stamp, passport application form, and offer to nearest SSA office Get a receipt for your application Card should say “Valid for Work Only with DHS Authorization” Have your name on your residence's mailbox to ensure SSN card delivery by the U.S. Postal Service Social Security number is valid for life; do not apply for a new number if one has already been issued to you Social Security website:
Bank Accounts –Bring passport, Social Security card and proof of address Ask about –Student accounts –Monthly Fees and Minimum Balance –Time for deposited funds to clear –Bank hours –Bring home your money
Tax Deduction Form May have filled in this form for your employer already W-4 lets you decide when to pay taxes Take a total of 0 or 1 allowances
Tax Deduction Form Source: Life After School. Explained. Cap & Compass, LLC
Driving in the US Never drive a car without insurance! Check your insurance companies here to see if you are covered there Read through your policy carefully Check your state’s laws! Many states will require U.S. license after 3 months
Agenda Intercultural experience Workplace Traveling Health Insurance U.S. Laws U.S. Taxes Risk management and personal safety Your responsibilities Culture shock Evaluations
Your Intercultural Experience
While you’re there The first few weeks are the most difficult. Do not be disappointed if you’re not involved with the most challenging projects in the beginning. Ask your supervisor about reporting sick days as well as other office rules. Establish comfortable routine. Stay informed on global and security issues.
Getting Involved Join a sports or community club Company group activities or discounts to cultural institutions and events Volunteer –www.idealist.orgwww.idealist.org –www.volunteermatch.orgwww.volunteermatch.org
Traveling Abroad Signature Refers to outside of Canada and Mexico Cathy dates of travel and destination Always travel with your Passport, I-94, DS-2019 and health insurance card Non-Canadians must have a multiple entry visa Signature
UW Health and Dental Coverage –Know what you are covered for –Travel Card in wallet at all times –Know how to use the plan in case of an emergency –OHIP extension- 8 month and returners –www.ihaveaplan.ca for more detailswww.ihaveaplan.ca
SunLife Health Coverage –Travel card at the bottom, fill it in NOW –Member ID #- is your student ID number –Call number first and they will tell you where the nearest doctor, hospital or clinic is to where you are living in the US –8 month work term?? –extend your OHIP coverage
US Tax Forms
U.S. Taxes –Only subject to income taxes federal, state and local Do not pay Social Security, Medicare, and Unemployment taxes Your responsibility to make sure these are not withheld from your pay check
U.S. Tax Forms Paid internships –Federal Form 1040NR or 1040NR-EZ –State Tax Form –Federal Form 8843 Unpaid internships –Federal Form 8843
W-2 Form Summary of earnings and taxes withheld U.S. company will mail by February 15 Make sure they have your address for this time
Filing Taxes Internal Revenue Service Publication 519 U.S. Tax Guide for Aliens Publication 515, Tax guide for employer File early. Deadline is April 15 th. You will be penalized for filing late! Alumus in our website can assist you as well
U.S. Laws Federal Drinking age is 21 No drunk driving Open container law No drugs No hitch-hiking State Open container laws Restricted smoking If you are not sure, go online or ask!
Emergency Protocol Plan Risk Management form »All submitted prior to this session »Emergency contact listed Arrival Notice submissions »how we can reach you in an emergency »How we will be in touch- phone first, then »Tweets to check your Police Services » »Available for you 24 hours a day
Arrival Notice What it should look like Need a copy of your DS2019 form/EA/H3
Naveed thought he would take the shortcut back to residence. SMART CHOICES? Some facts… Travel in groups, safety vans, taxis, etc. Be aware of your surroundings If you don’t this at home, don’t do it abroad
Michelle thought she knew the way to the embassy. SMART CHOICES? Keep in mind… Avoid being an obvious target for theft, violence and unsolicited attention.
Richard was having a great time in Germany, especially after meeting Heidi. They slept together once. SMART CHOICES? Make good decisions regarding sexual encounters Be wise about risky sexual situations Don’t leave your drink unattended If at all possible, stay with a “buddy” when at a bar Say “NO” to ANY unwanted touch or sexual advancement
Responsibilities Student –Pre-departure meetings, documentation, health insurance coverage, travel arrangements, housing, risk management, personal security, emergency notification Employer –Financial compensation, arrival orientation, job supervision, mentoring, professional development, evaluation, (assist with relocation/housing) University –Visa and process advice, pre-departure meetings, student connections, work term and travel advisory monitoring, emergency response, employer assessment Visa sponsor –Pre-departure meetings, visa documents, health insurance, reports and evaluations, SEVIS tracking
Evaluations CECA Work term report for CECA Performance online – find out Reminder for PD courses? Performance Evaluation for CECA
Returning to Canada Bring your CECA employer evaluation form Leave permanent address with your employer for tax information
Photo Contest We need photographs and lots of them! Here is where you come in! While on your work term capture: Scenery outside your apartment or around the city You at your place of employment Places you have visited and /or toured while on the work term A nice sunset, or the view of the rocky mountains A group shot of all the UW co-ops working at your location The city centre, local attractions or famous sites