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Upcoming ISO Events

The International Services Office (ISO) hosts educational and social events for international student and scholars. Below is a list of current events.

For presentation materials from past events, see our Event Archives page.


Upcoming Presentations 

Spring 2021 F-1 Employment Authorization Workshop Series 

ISO is hosting several workshops related to F-1 employment authorization during the Spring 2021 semester. 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.

Topic: Work After Graduation and F-1 OPT Application Procedures
Date: Friday, February 12, 2021
Time: 11:00am Eastern (with Q&A)
 This workshop provides a detailed overview of Optional Practical Training (OPT) - what it is, how to apply for it, and how to use it. This workshop covers topics such as employment and unemployment during post-completion OPT, travel on OPT, the STEM OPT extension, and transitions to H-1B. Students can apply for post-completion OPT up to 90 days before their program end date, so if you will be graduating this semester, now is the time to begin thinking about this process.

Topic: Understanding the F-1 OPT STEM Extension
Date: Friday, February 26, 2021
Time: 11:00am Eastern (with Q&A)
Description: This workshop provides an overview of the STEM OPT Extension and is geared toward students and recent graduates of STEM-designated academic programs who may plan to apply for STEM OPT in the future. This workshop covers STEM eligibility and employer requirements, Form I-983, reporting, and relevant timelines.

Topic: Academic Internships During an F-1 Academic Program
Date: Friday, March 12, 2021
Time: 11:00am Eastern (with Q&A)
Description: This workshop provides a detailed overview of considerations that F-1 students should make when pursuing a paid or unpaid job or internship opportunity in the United States during their academic program. This workshop explores what is considered employment and the various types of on- and off-campus work authorizations that F-1 students may be eligible for during their academic programs, including F-1 Curricular Practical Training (CPT).


Spring 2021 Nonimmigrant Tax Webinars

ISO will host several webinars related to nonresident alien tax preparation and filing requirements. Our presenter, Alejandro Young, is a qualified and experienced tax professional with considerable experience working with international populations. More details on these webinars will be coming soon. The 2021 workshop schedule is:

Wednesday, February 17, 2021, 12:00pm-1:30pm Eastern 

Wednesday, March 17, 2021, 6:00pm-7:30pm Eastern 

Wednesday, March 24, 2021, 12:00pm-1:30pm Eastern 

Wednesday, April 7, 2021, 6:00pm-7:30pm Eastern 


ISO's Virtual Town Hall Meetings

As warranted, the ISO will host Virtual Town Hall meetings for international students, scholars, and/or UR administrators to cover issues and guidance related to COVID-19, immigration actions, and ISO operations. Our office will continue to deliver these important meetings and post resources and recordings of these events to our Archived Events & Presentation Materials page.


Rochester Global Connections (RGC)

RGC events allow international students to engage with the local community and one another through cultural activities. Past events have included picnics, square dancing, and traditional Thanksgiving dinner.

View RGC’s upcoming events. Please note that RGC is not affiliated with the University.