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Upcoming ISO Events & Presentations

The International Services Office (ISO) hosts educational and social events for international student and scholars. Below is a list of current events. For materials from previous presentations, see our Past ISO Presentations page.

 
F-1 Work After Graduation & OPT Application Procedures 
Friday - February 16, 2024 | 11:00AM to 1:00PM Eastern Time
Offered in-person: 321 Morey Hall, River Campus
Please register in advance: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/810418552707 

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, and 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.

Academic Internships & F-1 CPT Application Procedures 
Friday - February 23, 2024 | 11:00AM to 1:00PM Eastern Time
Offered in-person: 321 Morey Hall, River Campus
Please register in advance: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/810381642307 

If you are a current F-1 international student who is interested in pursuing an internship, then this employment workshop is for you! This workshop provides a detailed overview of factors F-1 students should consider before pursuing an employment opportunity in the United States during their academic program. This workshop explores what is considered employment, paid versus unpaid activities, and the various types of on- and off-campus work authorizations F-1 students may be eligible for during their academic program. This workshop will also offer detailed guidance on applying for F-1 Curricular Practical Training (CPT).

Understanding the F-1 STEM Extension
Friday - March 15, 2024 | 11:00AM to 1:00PM Eastern Time
Offered virtually: https://rochester.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_CptI1BWlTee4WCn95HEqCQ
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, the Form I-983 training plan, required reporting, and relevant timelines.

Academic Internships & F-1 CPT Application Procedures 
Friday - March 22, 2024 | 11:00AM to 1:00PM Eastern Time
Offered virtually: https://rochester.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_jPZRtiScTYKQqIEbD4ERAg

If you are a current F-1 international student who is interested in pursuing an internship, then this employment workshop is for you! This workshop provides a detailed overview of factors F-1 students should consider before pursuing an employment opportunity in the United States during their academic program. This workshop explores what is considered employment, paid versus unpaid activities, and the various types of on- and off-campus work authorizations F-1 students may be eligible for during their academic program. This workshop will also offer detailed guidance on applying for F-1 Curricular Practical Training (CPT).

F-1 Work After Graduation & OPT Application Procedures 
Friday - March 29, 2024 | 11:00AM to 1:00PM Eastern Time
Offered virtually: https://rochester.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_ON-DjMHnT3mDoN--XBFL5A
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, and 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.

 



As needed:
ISO's Virtual Town Hall Meetings

When 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.