Hey international friends. Since I’ve been helping USM international students through my job for the past 2 years, I have decided to publish a post full of resources updated every day. Internationals students suffer immensely during this pandemic due to the lack of resources available to them. That is why I address many of these below!

[ARCHIVED: originally published on mariomarset.com as an International student help campaign]

These include issues such as stimulus check, CPT / OPT, food, rides, essentials, rent payments, scholarships, laws, and immigration updates.

Groceries and Rides

* USM Eagles Nest food pantry provides to-go bundles of free food and utilities for any USM faculty, staff, or student > ( www.facebook.com/usmnest/)

* Instacart delivers from winn-dixie, sams club, CVS and others ( Instacart.com)

* Walmart offers online delivery and pick-up ( https://www.walmart.com/cp/nextday-delivery/4563372)

* the iFriends group helps with rides and exchanges, giveaways ( https://facebook.com/groups/ifriends.hattiesburg.ms/?ref=share)

Stimulus Check Eligibility

* I have created a link with the information we have applying to international students > ( https://conta.cc/3eK1LNk)

* Please be mindful, accepting the stimulus may affect your future H1B (green card) application! > ( https://hackinglawpractice.com/stimulus-immigrants-and.../)

Employment

Many of our students are no longer doing internships, getting gigs, volunteering, or working part-time due to this pandemic. If new opportunities arise, please message us at intl@usm.edu or me directly.

> I can help you get your CPT paperwork ready in 20 minutes through a Zoom/Skype workshop

Scholarships

International students often face the frustration of not being eligible for scholarships. I have made available a document with 20-pages worth of scholarships international students are eligible for!!
> ( https://drive.google.com/.../1D2vBwd0dM.../view...)

Thank you for our friends from the Southern Miss Honors College for having gathered many of these opportunities.

Community Help

* The Hattiesburg Concert Association is a non-profit that has managed to raise money for international musicians at USM and William Carey University in this time of crisis > ( hccca.org/artist-relief)

* For those USM students that may be struggling, here is a community group ready to help > ( https://www.needsofusm.com)

* Have you experienced loss due to Covid-19 or the recent severe weather? The USM Foundation now has an emergency relief grant! > ( http://usmfoundation.com/ERGP2020)

* Eagle Fever has three different help programs! > ( https://eaglefever.usm.edu/project/20504)

Eviction Concerns

* Here is the motion that hopes to prevent evictions > ( https://www.clarionledger.com/.../groups-seek.../3038923001/)

* MS Supreme Court Denies Prevention of Evictions > ( https://www.wdam.com/.../mississippi-supreme-court.../)

FAQ’s

* Thank you for the overwhelming number of questions, keep them coming. Here is a link where I’ve tried answering many of them! > ( https://conta.cc/2yTgDZe)

Originally published at http://mariomarset.com on April 27, 2020.

Researcher interested in immigration and data science; Trained as a sociologist with a quantitative background mariomarset.com

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