The International Services Office would like to extend a warm welcome from the University of Rochester to all of our new and returning international students! We are thrilled to invite over 1,300 new students to the University this year, and are pleased to have so many returning students back on campus for the start of another academic year. We hope you will stop by the ISO with your questions, or just to say hello. Please remember that it is best to schedule an appointment ahead of time for issues or concerns that you would like to discuss with an immigration advisor.
If you are new to the University, this will also be your first introduction to “ISO Student News,” our electronic newsletter. This is our primary means of communication for upcoming events, changes to US regulations, and reminders about immigration responsibilities and benefits. New issues are sent to your current UR email address. If you prefer to use a personal account, please be sure to forward your campus email so you will continue to receive this important resource.
Just a few reminders that international students should remain aware of:
* All F-1 and J-1 students must maintain full-time registration each term. If you will need to take a reduced course load, please make an appointment to see an International Student Advisor before you drop below your required credits. If you believe you will need to take a reduced course load, please see the Reduced Course Load form online.
* International students must have appropriate employment authorization before they begin working. F-1 and J-1 students are allowed to work on-campus up to 20 hours per week during the school year while maintaining their immigration status. J-1 students must complete additional documentation with the ISO for on-campus employment. Any off-campus employment for both F-1 and J-1 students must be specifically authorized and documented. Questions on your work permissions or limitations should be directed to an ISO advisor.
* Report all address changes within 10 days. International students are required to notify the ISO within 10 days of moving. You can report this information at any time using the appropriate online registration tool for your UR division. Students pursuing post-completion employment, please use the appropriate reporting tool online.
* Keep your immigration & other records up-to-date. Make sure that you maintain a valid travel signature on your I-20 or DS-2019 for the current academic year. If you have renewed or extended your passport, please submit a copy to ISO. Also, remember to update your GLACIER record with required address information, travel dates, and UR employment details.
The ISO is located at 213 Morey Hall, River Campus. The office is open 9:00 am to 4:00 pm, Monday through Friday. Feel free to stop by during these hours to pick up documents, request an updated travel signature, or review University procedures. If you wish to discuss minor questions, please take advantage of our Advisor Walk-In Hours from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm each afternoon. More complex issues will require additional time and you should call (+1 585-275-2866) or email (email@example.com) to schedule an appointment in advance.
ESM Office Hours: An ISO advisor will also be available at the Eastman School of Music during the academic semester on Tuesday and Wednesday afternoons from 1:30 pm to 4:30 pm in Room 506 of the main building. Many forms and handouts are available on the ISO website. If you need assistance at other times, Eastman students are welcome to make an appointment at our River Campus location as well.
The ISO is pleased to sponsor a weekly English conversation group, free of charge to the University of Rochester community! This is an advanced class with an experienced instructor held on Thursdays from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm. The conversation group will begin October 5. A preliminary conversation with the instructor will likely be needed to ensure that the class is appropriate for your English speaking skills. Please contact Cynthia at RHGCG@rochester.rr.com if you are interested. A very limited amount of spots are available so contact the instructor as soon as possible!
Additionally, the Warner School of Education is again partnering with the ISO to offer a free English Conversation Skills (ECS) Program! Sessions will run for about 10 weeks, starting the week of September 11. Please choose the session that best suits your schedule and language needs. Your session options are the following:
Wednesdays, 5:00 pm to 6:00 pm (Conversation Skills)
Thursdays, 4:00 pm to 5:00 pm (Conversation Skills)
Fridays, 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm (Conversation Skills)
Fridays, 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm (Conversation Skills)
You may sign-up for a session starting today, September 1, at 4:00 pm. There are limited spots available in each section so don’t delay in signing up! To sign up for a section please use the online form: https://goo.gl/forms/4Rg5M1AUDzxoVSIz1. If you have any questions please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Take a day trip to the American side of Niagara Falls with ISO! We will be taking a trip early this Fall - late September or early October, so please stay tuned for a date announcement in our next issue of ISO Student News. Bus transportation will be offered from River Campus, leaving in the morning and returning by evening on the day of the trip. The cost of the trip will include roundtrip bus transportation and a Discovery Pass. The Discovery Pass includes the following attractions: Niagara Legends of Adventure Theatre, Aquarium of Niagara, Cave of the Winds, Niagara Gorge Discovery Center, and the popular Maid of the Mist boat ride. This day will be yours to plan! There are plenty of things to see and do during our day at Niagara Falls. We hope you can join us!
Rochester Global Connections (RGC) is a local community group dedicated to bringing Rochester’s local international students and families together with the community to develop friendships and promote understanding. We hope that you will become involved and join in the many social and educational events that RGC has to offer throughout the year. Please visit their website at www.rochesterglobalconnections.org for more information.
RGC Welcome Picnic for International Students, Scholars, and their Families
Sunday, September 10 - 3:00 to 7:00 pm
RGC’s Welcome Event will be held in the Sandpiper Lodge at Ontario Beach Park. The park is located at 50 Beach Ave. This is a great opportunity to meet international students from around Rochester, socialize with RGC members, and enjoy some delicious food! Bring your friends and family, and enjoy plenty of outdoor activities such as badminton, volleyball, frisbee, football/soccer, and American football. Please RSVP online by September 5. There is a $5 transportation fee for the bus if you need a ride. RGC will arrange for a bus to pick up and drop off students at the Rush Rhees Library.
Rochester Global Connections (RGC) is a community-based volunteer organization that provides services to international students and Department of State visitors in the Rochester area. The International Services Office (ISO) hosts RGC at the University of Rochester and co-sponsors many events and activities.
To promote student safety, all full-time students, including our international population, must have qualifying health insurance for the duration of their academic program. Therefore, full-time students must indicate whether they plan to enroll in or waive the University's sponsored health insurance plan EVERY YEAR. If you have not yet completed this process, please be aware that the deadline is September 15 if you want to waive with an alternate insurance plan. The University requires all full-time students who have not waived the plan by September 15 to be enrolled in the UR-sponsored plan. Students who are enrolled in the University's health insurance plan may also enroll their dependent spouse or children. To find more information about the health care plan and available coverage and complete the enrollment/waiver process for the 2017-2018 academic year, visit the UHS website.
Editor: Lena Ovcharov, Immigration Advisor