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International Student Orientation Program (ISOP)

As you prepare to join the University of Rochester community, it is important that you understand US immigration requirements and availability of campus services. The International Student Orientation Program (ISOP) is designed to provide essential information on maintaining your valid F-1 or J-1 nonimmigrant status while in the United States, as well as other important details about life at the University and in Rochester. You will also be prompted to satisfy important reporting obligations.

Your participation in ISOP is required to coincide with your matriculation at UR, both before and during your arrival at the University. Throughout these programs, our staff will provide critical support and resources covering:

  • ISO services and programs for the University’s international students
  • Immigration regulations and requirements to maintain valid status in the US
  • Employment authorization options and US hiring practices
  • Traveling within the United States and abroad 
  • US tax obligations and important legal considerations
  • Cultural adjustment issues, student life, and classroom expectations

 

ISOP & Arrival Services

The ISO's International Student Orientation Program and related arrival services comprise four main functions. Please see details and access additional instructions below. 

  • Pre-arrival Orientation, via Blackboard

    Our office maintains a video series called TIPS On-Demand: Tools for Immigration and Preparation Support to share relevant information specifically with incoming international students. This program is made available online prior to your scheduled arrival and engagement with designated content is required of ALL new international students sponsored by ISO. Since the details covered in TIPS On-Demand directly align with other ISO programming, you must complete these online modules in advance of attending the ISOP Orientation Meeting.

    To access this online training, log into Blackboard (using your University NetID and password). Then, visit the ISO Pre-arrival Orientation organization under “My Organizations.” We hope these tools will be useful as you prepare for your arrival, and will monitor participation. If you encounter difficulties accessing Blackboard, please contact your admitting department/school.

  • Immigration Check-In, via URcompass

    Upon your arrival to the United States, all F-1 & J-1 international students with a new SEVIS document from UR must complete a mandatory Immigration Check-In with the ISO. Our office is required by Federal immigration law to report your arrival at the University and verify your nonimmigrant status through the SEVIS database. You will need to provide required information and document copies during the check-in process to satisfy this reporting obligation promptly upon your US entry and arrival to Rochester. This process can only be completed AFTER you enter the country!

  • ISOP Orientation Meeting

    Attendance is mandatory for new international students throughout all University divisions. The ISOP Orientation Meeting is designed to supplement your online Pre-arrival Orientation by providing opportunities to engage more critically with key aspects of the immigration requirements and benefits you may encounter during your studies at the University of Rochester. 

    ISO will deliver all ISOP Orientation Meetings virtually. Please register using the unique Zoom meeting link below.

    Students arriving for SPRING 2022

    Wednesday, January 5, 2022 - 8:30AM Eastern time
    https://rochester.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_hEXvv1JPShyUN9Qpr0Hk-Q 
    This orientation program is mandatory for students who are scheduled to arrive in the US/Rochester for full-time study during Spring 2022 (requires full-time academic registration for the term). This includes students who will arrive prior to the start of classes and students who will arrive later within the Spring 2022 term. Additionally, students who began a new program of study from abroad must attend this meeting if they intend to arrive in-person to continue their enrollment in Spring 2022. New international students throughout all University divisions are required to attend the same meeting, including those transferring their immigration record via SEVIS from another US institution. We appreciate and look forward to your participation! 

    Students arriving for SUMMER 2022

    May 2022

    This orientation program is mandatory for students who are scheduled to arrive in the US/Rochester for full-time study during Summer 2022 (requires full-time academic registration for the term). This includes students who will arrive prior to the start of classes and students who will arrive later within the Summer 2022 term. Additionally, students who began a new program of study from abroad must attend this meeting if they intend to arrive in-person to continue their enrollment in Summer 2022. New international students throughout all University divisions are required to attend the same meeting, including those transferring their immigration record via SEVIS from another US institution. We appreciate and look forward to your participation! 

    Students arriving for FALL 2022

    August 2022

    This orientation program is mandatory for students who are scheduled to arrive in the US/Rochester for full-time study during Fall 2022 (requires full-time academic registration for the term). This includes students who will arrive prior to the start of classes and students who will arrive later within the Fall 2022 term. Additionally, students who began a new program of study from abroad must attend this meeting if they intend to arrive in-person to continue their enrollment in Fall 2022. New international students throughout all University divisions are required to attend the same meeting, including those transferring their immigration record via SEVIS from another US institution. We appreciate and look forward to your participation! 

    Dependents

    F-2 and J-2 dependents are welcome to attend the scheduled ISOP Orientation Meeting. Dependent spouses are advised to review the information we have online: http://iso.rochester.edu/living/dependents/index.html, and reach out to ISO with any questions: questions@iso.rochester.edu.

  • SSN Enumeration Support

    Students who are eligible to obtain a US Social Security Number (SSN) upon their arrival at UR will need to obtain necessary documentation and detailed instructions from ISO before applying. During the COVID-19 pandemic, additional time is needed to coordinate physical document distribution, in-person application submission, and completion of UR requirements. More information will be shared during our ISOP Orientation Meetings and eligible students will need to work closely with their UR hiring department throughout the process.

    Students who will receive non-service University payments (graduate award, stipend, etc.) are often not eligible for the SSN. Alternative resources may be available to apply for an Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN) through the US International Revenue Service instead.

    General information about Tax Payer IDs can be found here: https://iso.rochester.edu/taxes/taxid/index.html

 

Contact Us

ISO would like to congratulate you on your admission to the University and we look forward to welcoming you to campus! If you have any questions or concerns, please contact us.