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Current ISO Student News

Issue 16: May 15, 2018


Table of Contents

  1. "ISO Student News" Takes a Vacation, but ISO in 213 Morey Hall is Open All Summer! (more)
  2. Address Reporting and Departure Form (more)
  3. OPT Reporting and Extensions (more)
  4. FREE English Conversation Skills Class Starting June 6 (more)
  5. Summer Services and Activities at the University of Rochester (more)
  6. Campus Focus: Congratulations Graduates!! (more)

"ISO Student News" Takes a Vacation, but ISO in 213 Morey Hall is Open All Summer!

ISO Student News will be taking a vacation this summer season!  This will be your last regular ISO Newsletter for the 2017-2018 academic year. Bi-weekly newsletters will resume in September 2018.  Please note that the ISO at 213 Morey Hall will maintain normal business hours during the summer, with the exception of University holidays.  Normal office hours are 9:00 am to 4:00 pm, Monday through Friday. Walk-in hours will continue to be held between 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm, Monday through Friday. Please contact us with any questions or concerns you may have.


Address Reporting and Departure Form

All F-1 and J-1 students are required to report a new US residential, mailing, or permanent foreign address within 10 days of any change. By using the University systems, the ISO will be notified of the change and be able to forward this information to SEVIS, in compliance with US government reporting requirements. Your address information should be updated as often as necessary to make sure that your US address information is current. Even if your address is only temporary (due to an extended vacation, authorized off-campus internship, In Absentia, etc.), these changes must be reported within the 10 day period allowed.  

For updates to your US residential or mailing address, please use the appropriate online registration tool for your UR division.

Simon School of Business: - Select "Registrar", "Student Information System", and "Change My Addresses" (under Quick Links)

All other UR Divisions:

Graduates pursuing Post-Completion work authorization: 
These reporting tools will NOT make updates to your records in HRMSGLACIER, or UR Bursar's Office (for billing).  You must access these systems or contact the appropriate offices separately to make those address changes.

Please use the ISO's online Departure Form to notify the ISO that you are departing the United States and/or will no longer maintain your F-1 or J-1 program through the University of Rochester. The reason may include completion of your studies, transfer to another school, leave of absence or early withdrawal, end of post-completion employment, or an approved Change of Status to another immigration category. Some of these actions require additional forms. Please DO NOT use the departure form to report a temporary trip home or vacation from UR! This form is for notification purposes and other documentation may be required before the ISO can take action. Please review the following forms and information, as needed:

SEVIS Immigration Transfer
Extend/Shorten Program Completion Date
Temporary Leave of Absence
F-1 & J-1 Grace Periods

The Student Departure Form will notify only the ISO. Please make sure to contact any other University offices that may need to be aware of your departure, such as University Health Services, Residential Life, GLACIER tax software, etc.


OPT Reporting and Extensions

If you are currently approved for F-1 Optional Practical Training, you are required to report your employment and address information to the ISO throughout the authorization period. Please use the applicable OPT reporting form, available online. Any changes must be reported within 10 days. You may report activities as employment for OPT purposes when they are directly related to your field of study and meet a minimum total of at least 20 hours per week. You may work with multiple employers with your OPT permission.

Some students may be eligible for an extension of their OPT work authorization. If you have been sponsored for the H-1B Temporary Worker category, please provide this information in the H-1B Application Reporting Form. This application may qualify you for an automatic OPT Cap Gap Extension. You will not receive an updated EAD card with your extended employment dates, but the ISO is able to issue a new I-20 documenting your authorization. Additional information on the Cap Gap Extension is online. If you are eligible and would like to apply for the STEM Extension to your OPT, please review the information online and contact the ISO to schedule a phone appointment at 585-275-2866 to discuss any questions you may have.


FREE English Conversation Skills Class Starting June 6

The Warner School of Education is again partnering with the ISO to offer a free English Conversation Skills (ECS) Class this summer. Class will be held on Wednesdays from 5:00PM to 6:00PM, starting June 6, and will run for 10 weeks. The summer session will focus on both practical conversation skills. You may sign-up for the English Conversation Skills class starting Tuesday, May 22 at 12:00 noon. Spaces are limited. To sign up for the class, please use the online form: If you have any questions, please email


Summer Services and Activities at the University of Rochester

Are you staying in Rochester for the summer? Follow the University of Rochester Summer Sessions on Facebook to learn about fun things to do on and off-campus throughout the summer! For information about summer services at the University of Rochester, please visit (Campus Life). 


Campus Focus: Congratulations Graduates!!

Congratulations to our many upcoming University of Rochester graduates this year!! With upcoming graduation festivities, we hope you will enjoy the celebrations with family and friends and take pride in your many accomplishments. The ISO wishes you well in your next steps after graduation as well. As always, please let us know if there is anything ISO can do to assist you!


Editor: Molly Murray, Immigration Advisor