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Spring 2020 Virtual Town Halls

The ISO is closely monitoring developments related to COVID-19 within the University and among various government agencies that may have an impact on our international populations. ISO is hosting a series of Virtual Town Halls to address some of the current questions and concerns shared with our office. Recordings of these events are available below

Virtual Town Hall #1
Date: Wednesday, March 18, 2020
Time: 12:00 - 1:30PM

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Virtual Town Hall #2
Date: Wednesday, March 25, 2020
Time: 11:00AM - 12:30PM

Recording | Handout

Spring 2020 F-1 Employment Authorization Workshop Series 

ISO is hosting several workshops related to F-1 employment authorization during the Spring 2020 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
Description: 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 (~3 months) before their program end date, so if you will be graduating this semester, now is the time to begin thinking about this process!

Date: Friday, February 14, 2020
Time: 1:00 – 2:30PM Eastern time
Location: Gleason 318/418, Simon School of Business, River Campus

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Topic: Life after F-1: Future Employment and Immigration Options
Description: This workshop, hosted by David Wilks, an immigration attorney from Hodgson Russ LLP, covers immigration options that may be available to students following their time on F-1 or J-1 status.

Date: Wednesday, February 26, 2020
Time: 12:00 – 1:30PM Eastern time
Location: Morey 321, River Campus

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Topic: STEM OPT - Eligibility Requirements & Timeline
Description: This workshop provides an overview of eligibility for the STEM OPT extension and is geared toward students who are currently enrolled in STEM-designated academic programs AND students who are currently on OPT who may plan to apply for STEM OPT in the future. This workshop covers STEM eligibility requirements and application timelines to be aware of.

Date: Friday, March 6, 2020
Time: 11:00AM - 12:30PM Eastern time
Location: Dewey 1-101, River Campus

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Topic: F-1 Curricular Practical Training (CPT) Procedures
Description: This workshop provides an overview of Curricular Practical Training (CPT), including eligibility criteria and application procedures. This workshop will be of interest to currently enrolled students who are hoping to work off-campus in the United States during their degree program.

Date: Friday, March 27, 2020
Time: 11:00AM – 12:30PM Eastern time 

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Spring 2020 Nonimmigrant Tax Webinar

This recorded webinar reviews 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.  The 2020 workshop schedule is:

Date: Wednesday, March 4, 2020
Time: 6:00PM - 7:30PM Eastern time

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2018 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.