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Current ISO Student News

Issue 17: May 16, 2016

 

Table of Contents

  1. “ISO Student News” Takes a Vacation, but ISO in 213 Morey Hall is open all summer!  (more)
  2. USCIS is expected to raise application fees this summer (more)
  3. Address Reporting and Departure Form  (more)
  4. OPT Reporting and Extensions  (more)
  5. FREE English Conversation Skills Class starting June 28  (more)
  6. Summer Services and Activities at the University of Rochester  (more)
  7. Campus FocusCongratulations Graduates!!  (more)

 

“ISO Student News” Takes a Vacation, but ISO in 213 Morey Hall is open all summer!

ISO Student News will be taking a vacation this summer season!  This will be your last regular ISO Newsletter for the 2015-2016 academic year.  Bi-weekly newsletters will resume in September 2016.  Please note that the ISO at 213 Morey Hall will maintain normal business hours during the summer, with the exception of University holidays.  Normal office hours are 9:00 am to 4:00 pm, Monday through Friday.  Walk-in hours will continue to be held between 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm, Monday through Friday.  Please contact us with any questions or concerns you may have.

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USCIS is expected to raise application fees this summer

In a recent proposed rule, USCIS announced that the agency intends to raise required application fees associated with many of their forms.  This will mean that students looking to apply for various benefits or permissions will likely be subject to higher fees sometime this year.  Among others, the I-765 Application for Employment Authorization is proposed at $410 (an increase of 8% from $380) and the I-539 Application to Extend/Change Nonimmigrant Status is proposed at $370 (an increase of 28% from $290).  These planned rates are subject to public comment until July 5, 2016.  After this date, all comments will be reviewed and a final rule will be published.  ISO expects to have more information on this timing and the exact fees for different applications later in the summer.  Please look for more information posted to our website when any fee changes are official.  In the meantime, students may want to consider submitting eligible application forms to USCIS earlier to avoid higher fees.  Details of this proposed rule can be found in the U.S. government’s Federal Register: https://federalregister.gov/a/2016-10297.

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Address Reporting and Departure Form

All F-1 and J-1 students are required to report a new U.S. residential, mailing, or permanent foreign address within 10 days of any change.  By using the University systems, the ISO will be notified of the change and be able to forward this information to SEVIS, in compliance with U.S. government reporting requirements.  Your address information should be updated as often as necessary to make sure that your U.S. address information is current.  Even if your address is only temporary (due to an extended vacation, authorized off-campus internship, In Absentia, etc.), these changes must be reported within the 10 day period allowed.  

For updates to your U.S. residential or mailing address, please use the appropriate online registration tool for your UR division.

Simon School of Business: http://simonexchange.rochester.edu - Select "Registrar", "Student Information System", and "Change My Addresses" (under Quick Links)

All other UR Divisions: https://webreg.its.rochester.edu/prod/web/RchRegDefault.jsp

Graduates pursuing Post-Completion work authorization: 
http://www.iso.rochester.edu/employment/students/reporting/index.html 
These reporting tools will NOT make updates to your records in HRMSGLACIER, or UR Bursar's Office (for billing).  You must access these systems or contact the appropriate offices separately to make those address changes.

Please use the ISO's online Departure Form to notify the ISO that you are departing the U.S. and/or will no longer maintain your F-1 or J-1 program through the University of Rochester.  The reason may include completion of your studies, transfer to another school, leave of absence or early withdrawal, end of post-completion employment, or an approved Change of Status to another immigration category.  Some of these actions require additional forms.  Please DO NOT use the departure form to report a temporary trip home or vacation from UR!  This form is for notification purposes and other documentation may be required before the ISO can take action.  Please review the following forms and information, as needed:

SEVIS Immigration Transfer
Extend/Shorten Program Completion Date
Temporary Leave of Absence
F-1 & J-1 Grace Periods

The Student Departure Form will notify only the ISO.  Please make sure to contact any other University offices that may need to be aware of your departure, such as University Health Services, Residential Life, GLACIER tax software, etc.

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OPT Reporting and Extensions

If you are currently approved for F-1 Optional Practical Training, you are required to report your employment and address information to the ISO throughout the authorization period.  Please use the applicable OPT reporting form, available online.  Any changes must be reported within 10 days.  You may report activities as employment for OPT purposes when they are directly related to your field of study and meet a minimum total of at least 20 hours per week.  You may work with multiple employers with your OPT permission.

Some students may be eligible for an extension of their OPT work authorization.  If you have been sponsored for the H-1B Temporary Worker category, please provide this information in the H-1B Application Reporting Form.  This application may qualify you for an automatic OPT Cap Gap Extension.  You will not receive an updated EAD card with your extended employment dates, but the ISO is able to issue a new I-20 documenting your authorization.  Additional information on the Cap Gap Extension is online.  If you are eligible and would like to apply for the STEM Extension to your OPT, please review the information online and contact the ISO to schedule a phone appointment at 585-275-2866 to discuss any questions you may have.

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FREE English Conversation Skills Class starting June 28

The Warner School of Education is again partnering with the ISO to offer a free English Conversation Skills (ECS) Class this summer. Class will be held on Tuesdays from 5:00PM to 6:00PM, starting June 28, and will run for 10 weeks.  The summer session will focus on both practical conversation skills and beginner level grammar and vocabulary.  You may sign-up for the English Conversation Skills class starting Monday, May 23rd at 12:00 noon.  Spaces are limited.  To sign up for the class, please use the online form: http://goo.gl/forms/Rm3DSI1syh.  If you have any questions, please email questions@iso.rochester.edu.

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Summer Services and Activities at the University of Rochester

Are you staying in Rochester for the summer?  Follow the University of Rochester Summer Sessions on Facebook to learn about fun things to do on and off-campus throughout the summer!  For information about summer services at the University of Rochester, please visit www.rochester.edu/summer (Campus Life). 

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Campus Focus: Congratulations Graduates!!

Congratulations to our many upcoming University of Rochester graduates this year!!  With recent graduation festivities and those extending through June, we hope you will enjoy the celebrations with family and friends and take pride in your many accomplishments.  The ISO wishes you well in your next steps after graduation as well.  As always, please let us know if there is anything ISO can do to assist you!

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Editor: Lena Ovcharov, International Student Advisor