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ISO Student News: 3/1/2022


Table of Contents

  1. Support for Students Impacted by Global Events (more)
  2. Scams Continue to Impact International Students (more)
  3. STEM Extension Workshop 3/11, Previous Workshop Recordings (more)
  4. Next Tax Webinar 3/15 (more)
  5. OPT Resources (more)
  6. UHS Programming (more)
  7. ISO is on Instagram! (more)

Support for Students Impacted by Global Events

As the events around the globe impact students and scholars, support services are available:

Crisis Abroad Drop-In Groups will continue to be offered by the University Counseling Center (UCC);

  • Wednesday, March 9th from 9:00 AM-10:00 AM
  • Wednesday, March 16th from 3:00 PM-4:00 PM
  • Friday, March 25th from 3:00 PM-4:00 PM
  • Monday, March 28th from 2:00 PM-3:00 PM

Zoom Link 96422505660

UCC has partnered with LifeWorksLifeWorks is a 24/7 week teletherapy service that offer multi-lingual support.  The service is free and confidential.  Download the app at:  or call 1-866-743-7732

UCC is available for same-day appointments by calling 585-275-3113.  A 24 hour a day crisis line is also available. 


Scams Continue to Impact International Students

In the past two months, UR students have been scammed out of over $140,000.00.  Scammers are people who will try to take advantage of you for their own financial gain.  Common scams include but are not limited to:

  •  Employment opportunities that involve payment as an onboarding fee
  •  Threats of deportation if money is not wired to and unfamiliar bank account
  •  People posing as Federal Officers from the US or your home country who threaten your family if you do not pay them
  •  Anyone requesting money, gift cards, or personal information
  •  People calling about allegedly shipping things illegally

If you are approached in-person, or via email, phone, or text and asked to provide a stranger with any personal information, contact the UR Department of Public Safety at 275-3333 or


STEM Extension Workshop 3/11, Previous Workshop Recordings 

ISO will be holding our next employment workshop about Understanding the F-1 OPT STEM Extension on Friday, March 11, 2022 at 11:00am Eastern.

This workshop provides an overview of the STEM OPT Extension and is geared toward students and recent graduates of STEM-designated academic programs who plan to apply for STEM OPT in the future. This workshop covers STEM eligibility and employer requirements, the Form I-983, reporting, and relevant timelines.

Zoom Link:

This workshop is part of our Spring 2022 F-1 Employment Workshop Series. These workshops can be a useful tool to get a sense of the timing and procedures required for various employment activities you may be interested in pursuing. Recordings & presentation slides for our recent OPT workshop (1/28/2022), OPT Q&A Session (2/11/2022), Academic Internships workshop (2/25/2022) are available on our Events Archives page.


Next Tax Webinar 3/15

Tax Season is here and ISO is ready to help you with your tax preparation. Filing has never been easier with Sprintax. 

 The next live virtual workshops are scheduled for:

Session 2: Mar 15, 2022 5:00 PM EDT

Session 3: Apr 12, 2022 3:00 PM EDT


OPT Resources

If you are an F-1 student intending to work in the United States after graduation, you will likely need to apply for F-1 Optional Practical Training. If you are interested in applying for OPT, please plan to make an appointment with an ISO advisor and/or look at available information on the ISO’s website as early as possible in your final term. You can also visit ISO's Event Archive page to access the recordings from our Spring 2022 F-1 Employment Authorization Workshop series. 


UHS Progamming 

Feeling like you need a second wind to get through the last leg of the semester? Research has found that a daily mindfulness practice can help to decrease perceived stress, improve quality of sleep, self-compassion, mood, and productivity! Learn the fundamentals of mindfulness meditation during our next virtual Koru mindfulness four-week workshop. Join us at one of our three Koru Basic offerings coming up this March!

  • “Peaceful Warriors” – Meditation for Women of Color: Tuesdays March 15th, 22nd, 29th, and April 5th from 5 – 6:15 PM in Havens Lounge
  • Koru Basic: Wednesdays March 9th, 16th, 23rd and 30th from 5 – 6:15 PM via Zoom
  • Koru Basic: Fridays March 25th, April 1st, 8th & 15th from 10:30 to 11:45 AM via Zoom


ISO Is On Instagram 

Stay up to date on the latest campus news that impacts international students.  Follow us on Instagram at


Prepared by: ISO Student Services & ISO Support & Engagement