In this issues: Tax tips for you students, NAFSA Annual conference, new partners, insurance plans and more

International Education News

Since the tax return filing deadline is right around the corner, we again highlight the Tax Center on Most international students need only file one short form - Form 8843 - and we have a free, simple tool to get them through it. Our Tax Center also answers all other standard tax questions for international students, so please remind your students to use it. And with NAFSA less than two months away, we share a short preview of our week in Washington, DC with all of you. For those of you that don’t yet have your student health insurance sorted out for the 2019-2020 school year, we remind you of why ISI should be on your short list of providers to consider. Finally, new clients are coming onboard faster than ever for our new Featured School packages, and we’ve included a short list of March additions.

Enjoy the newsletter.

Keith Clausen
For the Envisage International Team

Tax Tips for Your Students

The due date for 2019 to file tax returns is April 15th, and every international student and their dependents are required to file. We know this can lead to a lot of questions, especially as it gets down to the wire. has made many efforts to ease the stress of the season. From the newly updated Form 8843 Wizard on our site to the Facebook live stream we recently hosted with our friends at Sprintax, filing can be made practically seamless if the tips and help are utilized.

We encourage you to invite your students to visit our Tax page within the next week to get many of their questions answered, to use the Form 8843 Wizard, or to enlist any further assistance needed from Sprintax:

Tax Help for International Students ⮕

NAFSA 2019 Annual Conference

With the NAFSA Annual Conference just 60 days away, our preparations are heating up! We usually dedicate our May newsletter to all things NAFSA, but here is a sneak preview of what’s to come from Envisage:

To kick start the week, we will be holding our annual NAFSA reception on Monday, May 27th. We will be sending invitations out shortly, so please be sure to check your inbox!

Expo Hall - P705
International Student Insurance (ISI) - P701

This year we are participating in three NAFSA Sessions, and we would like to invite you all to attend. They are:

  • Sexual Assault Awareness - Friday May 31st, 8am to 9:30am
  • Emotional Wellness and Mental Health Awareness - Thursday May 30th, 2:30pm to 3:30pm
  • Creating a Community: Addressing Safety Concerns during Short-Term Faculty-Led Programs Abroad - Wednesday May 29th, 2:30pm to 3:30pm

Welcoming New Clients is delighted to welcome several new partners. From state consortia to pathway programs to intensive English specialists, we’re proud to be working with a variety of schools that wish to recruit more international students.

We would like to give a warm welcome to:

  • UMass Amherst ELI
  • Study Tennessee Consortium
  • Iowa Wesleyan University
  • University of Arkansas
  • University of Utah ELI
  • Hofstra University INTO Pathway

We look forward to helping you reach and exceed your recruiting goals!

Group Insurance Plans

As the new school year quickly approaches, you and your office may be evaluating your health insurance for international students, scholars, and study abroad students. International Student Insurance offers group insurance plans for both inbound and outbound plans that provide you and your team with:

  • Customized benefits to meet the unique needs of your school and students
  • Dedicated account manager to support you, your students, and office
  • Enrollment tool to easily enroll students with instant access to policy documents
  • Student Zone portal where students can download their documents and learn about their insurance

If you are interested in a group proposal, please contact us and one of our licensed insurance representatives will contact you shortly.

ETIAS and Your Short-Term Study Abroad Students

By 2021 the days of US passport holders traveling to Europe for less than 90 days without authorization will be a forgotten memory. As we’ve all heard, the European Parliament gave its final approval to establish the European Travel Information and Authorization System (ETIAS). With this approval means 60 countries that previously traveled to Europe for less than 90 days without a visa will now require pre-travel authorization.

Although approved, this large initiative will not be complete for another two years. however, it’s not too early to start understanding what this process will look like, and what it will mean for travelers to Europe who in the past have not required a visa (like US citizens in short-term study abroad programs).

Short-term study abroad students ⮕

Upcoming Conferences

Conference Dates Location
AAIE Apr. 11 Birmingham, Alabama
WAIE Apr. 11-12 Madison, Wisconsin
NAFSA Annual May 27-31 Washington D.C.
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