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Current ISO Student News

Issue 4: October 15, 2014 



Table of Contents

  1. WORKSHOP: Work After Graduation & OPT Application Procedures - Thursday, October 23 (more)
  2. 2016 Diversity Lottery Application Procedures(more)
  3. Grant Opportunities for Women from Other Countries (more)
  4. DISCO International's Career Forums for Bilingual Speakers of English and an Asian Language (more)
  5. RGC Spotlight: Square Dance at the Barn, 10/24 & International Insights: The Global Classroom, 10/28 (more)
  6. Campus FocusFlu Vaccine Clinic - Thursday, October 30 (more)



WORKSHOP: Work After Graduation & OPT Application Procedures - Thursday, October 23

The ISO has scheduled an employment workshop, to be held next week! If you are thinking about work options for after graduation, we encourage you to attend this session to learn more about your eligibility and the application procedures for the necessary work permission.  Do not delay!!

Work After Graduation & OPT Application Procedures
Thursday, October 23rd, 12:30 to 1:30 pm
207 Schlegel Hall, River Campus
If you are an international student who will soon complete your program and you are interested in working in the U.S. after graduation, this workshop is for you! This workshop will cover work authorizations available to graduating F-1 students, including Optional Practical Training and the transition to H1-B, extensions to OPT, unemployment, and travel.  This workshop will also offer detailed guidance on applying for OPT.


2016 Diversity Lottery Application Procedures

The U.S. Department of State has announced registration details for the 2016 Diversity Immigrant Visa Program (DV-2016) lottery.  This program enables randomly selected individuals to apply for one of 50,000 U.S. Permanent Resident visas, specifically reserved for persons from areas with lower immigration rates.  Applications will be accepted through 12:00 noon, Monday, November 3rd, 2014.  All applications must be submitted online at by this deadline.

Individuals who meet simple but strict eligibility requirements are able to enter the lottery for an opportunity to apply for a U.S. “green card.”  Due to high numbers of immigrants in recent years, persons from the following countries will NOT be eligible for the 2016 lottery: Bangladesh, Brazil, Canada, China (mainland-born), Colombia, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Haiti, India, Jamaica, Mexico, Nigeria, Pakistan, Peru, Philippines, South Korea, United Kingdom (except Northern Ireland) and its dependent territories, and Vietnam.  (Note: Persons born in Hong Kong SAR, Macau SAR and Taiwan are eligible). 

For more information, please access the Department of State’s DV 2016 application instructions.  Follow these instructions carefully, if you plan to apply, since incomplete or duplicate applications may make you ineligible.  There is NO FEE to enter the DV Lottery!  Be aware of fraudulent websites that require payment to file the application, which is not necessary through the U.S. government’s official website.  A fraud warning and helpful fraud FAQs are available on the Department of State’s website.  The application process is fairly simple and does not usually require the assistance of an immigration attorney.  If you are selected under the lottery, however, you may want to consider hiring an attorney for help with completing the Permanent Residency application process.

Some F-1 and J-1 students are hesitant to apply for the Diversity Lottery, fearing that it will impact their non-immigrant status and ability to renew their student visa for travel.  However, entry in the Diversity Lottery is not an application for U.S. Permanent Residency.  For selected DV-2016 applicants, the lottery will only grant eligibility to apply for Permanent Residency, which must be filed for separately during the 2016 fiscal year.  Therefore, the lottery would not contradict your current non-immigrant status and you could still indicate that you had not filed an Immigrant Visa Petition on future temporary visa applications (Form DS-156 or DS-160).


Grant Opportunities for Women from Other Countries

The Margaret McNamara Memorial Fund (MMMF), established in 1981, "provides grants to women from developing countries to help further their education and strengthen their leadership skills to improve the lives of women and children in developing countries."  The MMMF US/Canada grant program offers scholarships to women from other countries who are completing degrees in the United States or Canada and who are committed to improving the wellbeing of women and children in developing countries.  Students must be a national from an eligible country.  Individual MMMF Scholarships are approximately $12,000.  For complete information about the MMMF US/Canada grant program, scholarship eligibility, online application instructions and deadlines, please see the organization’s website:  The application process is open now and available until January 15, 2015.  You may submit questions about this MMMF grant by email to


DISCO International's Career Forums for Bilingual Speakers of English and an Asian Language 

DISCO International will hold its third annual Asian Bilingual Career Forum at the Boston Convention Exhibition Center in Boston, MA from November 7 to 9.  This event is designed to help bilingual speakers of English and one other Asian language, excluding Japanese, identify employment opportunities with interested firms.  This is a great opportunity to meet with world-class companies seeking bilingual individuals.  Registration is free and some travel grants are available to help defray costs.  Please visit their website if you are interested:  If you meet the qualifications and would like to attend, you must request an invitation online by Thursday, October 30. 

DISCO International will also hold its annual Boston Career Forum, the World's largest Japanese-English bilingual job fair, from November 7 to 9.  Over 200 companies participate in this job fair, which makes it a wonderful opportunity to seek an internship or full-time job regardless of your major or background.  Please visit their website if you are interested and for qualifying details:  Travel grants are also available for this forum. 


RGC Spotlight: Square Dance at the Barn, 10/24 & International Insights: The Global Classroom, 10/28

Square Dance at the Barn
Friday, October 24, 7:30 to 9:30 pm
2201 Lehigh Station Road (Barn at Liberty Hill)
Yee-haw!  RGC will hold its annual Square Dance at the Barn at Liberty Hill, home of the RIT President, later this month!  The dance is free to attend, and bus transportation will be available for $5.  This event is always a great time, where you can learn traditional American folk dance!  A professional square dance caller will call the dances and teach us the steps, and you don't need a partner.  Remember to wear comfortable shoes and clothing.  If you don't care to dance, you may simply come to socialize and have fun!  Light refreshments will be served.  If you would like to take the bus, please submit your Reservation Form online.  You can pay online using Paypal.


International Insights: The Global Classroom
Tuesday, October 28, 7:00 – 8:30 pm
2300 Elmwood Ave., Brighton Memorial Library Learning Center

Rochester Global Connections invites the Rochester community to its’ latest International Insights Program, The Global Classroom, where a panel of university students will discuss and share their experiences about their countries’ education systems.  Hear students’ experiences of what it’s like to attend schools around the world.  Gain an appreciation of the diverse ways people learn around the world.  For more information, please call 275-8779 or visit   

Rochester Global Connections (RGC) is a community-based volunteer organization that provides services to international students and Department of State visitors in the Rochester area. The International Services Office (ISO) hosts RGC at the University of Rochester and co-sponsors all events and activities.


Campus Focus: Flu Vaccine Clinic – October 30

The University Health Service(UHS) staff will hold a campus-wide flu vaccine clinic for all students, staff, and faculty from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm on Thursday, October 30 at Goergen Athletic Center.

All River Campus-based students and employees are asked to try to participate in the clinic to receive the flu shot this year.  No appointment is needed to visit the clinic, but please bring your health insurance card.  Students with high risk health conditions and those who may not be on campus on October 30 can receive flu shots at UHS any time, by appointment.  You can schedule an appointment by calling 275-2662.

The clinic is designed to serve as a rest of campus emergency preparedness to practice delivering mass quantities of a vaccine in response to an urgent public health concern.  The effort is being coordinated by UHS, the River Campus Medical Emergency Response Team (RC/MERT), University Environmental Health and Safety, and the Monroe County Office of Emergency Preparedness.

Updates about the campus-wide flu vaccine clinic will be posted online:

For questions, write to


Editor: Lena Ovcharov, International Student Advisor