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ISO Student News: 3/9/2023

Table of Contents

  1. Happy Lunar New Year!(more)
  2. Workshop: F-1 Work after Graduation & OPT Application Procedures (more)
  3. ISO Events: Memorial Art Gallery & Radio Social (more)
  4. Scam Awareness Video (more)
  5. Sprintax Webinars & Free Tax Prep (more)
  6. Campus & Community Events (more)

Happy Lunar New Year!


Workshop: F-1 Work after Graduation & OPT Application Procedures

F-1 work permission for graduating international students requires planning and preparation! Join ISO for a detailed discussion about F-1 Optional Practical Training (OPT) - what it is, how to apply for it, and how to use it. In addition to detailed guidance on applying for OPT, this workshop will also offer information about:

  • travel during OPT
  • unemployment during OPT
  • the STEM OPT extension
  • transitions to the H-1B Temporary Worker visa category

This program is open to F-1 international students from all UR academic divisions, both graduate and undergraduate. Students can apply for post-completion OPT up to 90 days before their program completion, so if you will be graduating this term - this is the time to start planning! Students are required to attend an OPT workshop or have reviewed the recording before requesting a recommendation for OPT.

Friday, January 27, 11:00AM-1:00PM

Offered virtually:



ISO Events

Memorial Art Gallery: Saturday, January 28

There are still spaces left on ISO's Memorial Art Gallery trip on Saturday, January 28! Join other international students on a guided tour of their current exhibitions, including "Striking Power: Iconoclasm in Ancient Egypt". To learn more and reserve your spot, click here.

Memorial Art Gallery: Friday, February 10

Join the ISO on a trip to Radio Social on Friday, February 10! Radio Social is a unique venue featuring award-winning food & indoor games. Enjoy bowling & pizza on us! Enter for a chance to win free prizes from CampusRoc! To learn more & reserve your spot, click here.


Scam Awareness Video


Sprintax Webinars and Free Tax Prep

Sprintax Nonresident Tax Webinar (EN)

In these tax webinars, international students, scholars and professionals will be run through everything they need to know about nonresident tax for the 2022 tax season. Topics will include who must file, tax residency, FICA, State returns, implications of misfiling as well as how to use Sprintax to prepare a compliant tax return.


Campus & Community Events

Black History Month

Black History Month is observed during the month of February across the United States. A list of upcoming events commemorating this month can be found on the Office for Minority Student Affairs Calendar (linked above).


Greene Center Events for AS&E Students

The career center will be hosting a number of events in February including a Career Clothing Closet Open House and both virtual and in-person Career Expos!


UR Winterfest Weekend: Thursday, Feb. 2 - Saturday, Feb. 4

Attend any number of events including a comedy show, dodgeball tournament, movie screening, and more!


PAWS for Stress Relief: Beginning Monday, Feb. 6, 6:00 - 7:15 PM

Come pet some dogs with the Health Promotion Office! Every month, they will be holding a PAWS for Stress Relief event for students to de-stress, as well as leave with stress-relieving giveaways such as lavender sachets and quote cards to hang up in their dorms!


Simon Life Sciences Case Competition 2023: Friday, Feb. 17, 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Simon Life Sciences (SLS) is actively driving awareness on the healthcare and life sciences industry along with its career opportunities. With this case competition, they want to drive the importance of equity in healthcare and explore how telemedicine can break down barriers for patients to receive quality care.



Prepared by: ISO Support and Engagement


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