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Archived ISO Events and Presentation Materials

Fall 2019 Post-Graduation Employment Workshop

Friday, September 20, 2019 - 12:00 - 1:30 pm
321 Morey Hall, River Campus 

This workshop will covered general information about applying for and using Optional Practical Training (OPT), employment and travel while on OPT, extensions to OPT for students in STEM programs, and transitioning from OPT to H1-B.

If you have further questions after viewing this archived workshop material, you can schedule an individual appointment with an ISO advisor to discuss OPT by calling our front desk at +1 585-275-2866 or emailing

Video Recording* | Presentation Slides | Handout | Additional information

*Poor video quality due to technical issues - plan to use the uploaded slides to follow along.

Spring 2019 Employment Authorization Workshop Series

International Student Services, Simon Career Management Center, and the Gwen. M. Greene Center will be co-sponsoring three employment authorization workshops during Spring 2019. During the presentations we will be addressing employment options for international students in the US, will highlight relevant issues for both continuing and graduating students, along with discussions of other work-based immigration categories. If you are thinking about employment options for either after graduation (OPT) or over the summer (CPT), we encourage you to attend an employment workshop. Sessions will help students learn more about eligibility requirements and the application procedures for both OPT and CPT.  

Work After Graduation & OPT Application Procedures 
Monday, February 18 - 5:00 to 6:30 pm
1400 Wegmans Hall, River Campus 

Video Recording | Presentation Slides | Handout | Additional information

This workshop covered work authorizations available to graduating F-1 students, including Optional Practical Training (OPT) and the transition to H1-B, extensions to OPT, unemployment, and travel. This workshop also offered guidance on applying for OPT. If you will be graduating this May or June (or even earlier), this is the time to start preparing your application materials!  

Academic Internships & CPT Application Procedures 
Friday, March 1 - 12:00 (noon) to 1:30 pm
321 Morey Hall, River Campus

Video Recording | Presentation Slides | Handout | Additional Information

This workshop covered work authorizations available under current F-1 and J-1 regulations, along with alternative options for those with limited eligibility, which will allow students to pursue internship opportunities this summer. This workshop also offered guidance on applying for Curricular Practical Training (CPT). 

Recent Immigration Action & Information Sessions

USCIS & DOS Policies on Unlawful Presence for F/J/M (Video / Handout)
Friday, November 9, 1:00 pm, 321 Morey Hall, River Campus

On August 9, a new policy from US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) took effect, which specifically targets F-1 students, J-1 exchange visitors, and dependent families.  The policy relates to valid status and lawful presence within the US while pursuing a program of study or other authorized activities.  ISO has prepared a summary of the policy memorandum. This is an important immigration topic for our F-1 and J-1 populations to be aware of, since it can have long-term implications and unintended, severe consequences.

Memorandum to Rescind & Phase Out DACA (Video / Handout)
Friday, September 8, 3:30 pm, Bausch & Lomb 106, River Campus

On September 5, the Department of Homeland Security issued a memorandum to rescind and phase out the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program by March, 2018. The ISO hosted an information session for University community members who may be affected by this change in administrative policy. The session was recorded without identification of any participants other than the presenters and UR resources. For additional resources, please visit our Recent Immigration Actions and Policies page.

Executive Policies on Immigration Enforcement (Video / Handout)
Thursday, February 23, 3:30 pm, Interfaith Chapel Sanctuary, River Campus

In addition to the recent Executive Order that implemented travel restrictions for certain foreign nationals, there were two other Executive Orders signed on January 25th that may impact our international populations here at UR.  The provisions of these orders have not yet received the same public attention as other administrative actions, but there are important implications that our community should be aware of!  We will review new enforcement priorities for individuals who fail to maintain their status, face criminal charges or accusations, or are undocumented.  This session, hosted by UR’s International Services Office and immigration counsel from the Legal Aid Society, will also offer realistic situations international students and scholars may face, strategies to avoid them, and how to handle potential enforcement issues.

Know Your Rights: When Foreign Nationals encounter Government Officials (Video / Handout)
Monday, February 13, 4:00 pm, Bausch & Lomb Hall, Room 109, River Campus
Following recent immigration orders, there is a lot of confusion and concern about what foreign nationals should expect when they engage with various government agencies. This may include domestic and international travel, inspection of personal items and electronic devices, and questioning from law enforcement. This information session reviews these issues and provides tips on how to advocate for yourself, when needed. A local immigration attorney from the Legal Aid Society and experienced professionals from UR’s International Services Office lead the discussion.

Recent Immigration Actions & Impact to Countries of Concern (Video / Handout)
Friday, February 3rd, 12:00 pm, Dewey Hall 1-101, River Campus
As a follow-up to the general information session, the ISO hosted a discussion of the impact to foreign nationals of the countries specified in the January 27th Executive Order. Those countries are: Iraq, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen. We reviewed the provisions of the order, subsequent clarifications from government agencies, and other developments we may see in the months to come. While much remains uncertain, we also highlighted University immigration support and campus resources during this difficult time.

Information Session on Recent Immigration Developments (Handout)
Wednesday, February 1st, 3:30 pm, Interfaith Chapel, Riverview Level, River Campus
As the University continues to monitor federal developments regarding immigration, we would like to ensure that the University community has had an opportunity to hear from representatives and experts who can answer questions about immigration changes and how they could affect students, employees, scholars, international exchange and partnerships, research and other areas of global importance. The Office of Global Engagement and the ISO will hosted an information session for the University community.  To view the full statement from our senior leadership: full statement.

Spring 2018 Employment Workshops

Work After Graduation & OPT Application Procedures
(Video) February 26, 2018 (Video|Handout) February 16, 2018
The information provided in this workshop is for graduating F-1 students who are interested in pursuing Optional Practical Training (OPT) for post completion work permission. The focus of this session is on eligibility factors, application procedures which are required to obtain necessary work permission, as well as provide information on unemployment limits, required reporting obligations, and travel considerations. Topics of STEM OPT extension and the transition to H-1B visa are briefly discussed. Please note: some information in archived workshop videos may be out of date, ISO always recommends scheduling an appointment with an ISO advisor for specific questions. Read More...


STEM Extension Workshop

STEM Extension OPT (Video /Handout) April 19, 2016
Please note: some information in archived workshop videos may be out of date, the ISO always recommends scheduling an appointment with an ISO advisor for more specific questions.
On May 10, new regulations take effect regarding work permission for F-1 students in fields of science, technology, engineering, or math. Following a 12-month authorization for F-1 Optional Practical Training (OPT), students may be eligible to extend their employment in the United States for an additional 24 months based on a qualified STEM degree. While the current rule has been in place since 2008, recent legal action has prompted the revised rule with an increased focus on training objectives. Significant changes include expanded eligibility and time limits, alongside additional reporting requirements and protections for U.S. workers. The new rule affects both F-1 students and employers during the STEM period. Read more...