Information Sessions

Find information about ISS virtual information sessions for students and members of the UB community. 

On this page:

F-1 Immigration Session

This session explains how you are responsible for following US immigration regulations to maintain your visa status. All newly arrived international students, students changing their status to F-1, students who failed to maintain their F-1 status, and those returning to UB after being away for one year or more must watch an Immigration Session. 

Curricular Practical Training (CPT) Information Sessions

F-1 students who are interested in working off campus to fulfill internship requirements in their major field of study should attend this session to learn about Curricular Practical Training (CPT) eligibility requirements and the CPT application process.  Registration is required to recieve information about joining a session.

Date Time (EST) Location Register
Thursday, September 23 4:00-4:50 pm Zoom Click here
Wednesday, October 13 4:00-4:50 pm Zoom Click here
Tuesday, November 9 3:30-4:20 pm Zoom Click here
Thursday, December 2 2:00-2:50 pm Zoom Click here

The above links require UBIT login.  When logging into Zoom, use the SSO sign in feature.

Optional Practical Training (OPT) Information Sessions

Are you an F-1 student who is planning to work off-campus after finishing your degree requirements?  Optional Practical Training (OPT) authorization is required for F-1 students to work in the U.S. after graduation/completion of their degree program requirements.  Attend this information session to learn about OPT eligibility requirements and the application process. Registration is required to recieve information about joining a session.

Date Time (EST) Location Register
Wednesday, October 6 12:30-1:50 pm Zoom Click here
Tuesday, October 26 3:00-4:20 pm Zoom Click here
Wednesday, November 3 3:30-4:50 pm Zoom Click here
Friday, November 12 3:00-4:20 pm Zoom Click here
Monday, November 22 3:30-4:50 pm Zoom Click here
Thursday, December 9 3:30-4:50 pm Zoom Click here

The above links require UBIT login.  When logging into Zoom, use the SSO sign in feature.

OPT Extension: STEM and Cap Gap Information Session

Attend this information session to learn about the 24 Month OPT STEM Extension and Cap Gap OPT periods. Registration is required to recieve information about joining the session.

Date Time (EST) Location Register
Friday, December 3 12:00-1:00 pm Zoom Click here

Post-OPT Employment: H-1B and Other Visa Options Information Session

What options are available to allow you to live and work in the U.S. after completion of OPT? How do you decide which works for you? Attend this information session to learn about non-immigrant and immigrant visa options. Registration is required to recieve information about joining the session.

Date Time (EST) Location Register
Friday, November 19 12:00-1:00 pm Zoom Click here

Presentation recorded 03/26/2021. Please be advised that the information in this presentation may change due to updates to regulations and policies. Please always consult the ISS website for the most up-to-date information. 

Returning from a Leave of Absence Information Session

Attend this information session to learn what to do if you are currently on a leave of absence and plan to return to UB in the near future. Registration is required to recieve information about joining the session.

Date Time (EST) Location Register
TBD TBD TBD TBD

Working Off Campus in a Global Pandemic

Get answers to the most common questions about how the COVID pandemic is impacting off-campus work authorizations. 

Recommended for:

  • Current students applying for Summer/Fall 2020 CPT
  • June/September 2020 graduates planning to apply for OPT
  • Alumni on OPT/STEM Extension with questions about reporting unemployment, remote work, what to do if you've lost your job, etc.

Presentation recorded 4/23/2020. Please be advised that the information in this presentation may change due to updates to regulations and policies. Please always consult the ISS website for the most up-to-date information. 

J-1 Student Employment: On-Campus & Academic Training

Are you a J-1 student interested in working on campus or off-campus in your field of study? This session will explore two work authorization options for J-1 students, on-campus employment and Academic Training. 

This session is only for J-1 students who have a DS-2019 issued by UB.

Date Time (EST) Location
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