Workshops

Find out about educational and cultural workshops for students and members of the UB community.

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Information about Spring 2020 CPT and OPT Workshops

Information about Curricular Practical Training (CPT) and Optional Practical Training (OPT) can be found on the ISS website. We ask that you first read our website about CPT and/or OPT first, then email ISS if you have specific questions or need clarification.  ISS is working on other potential methods for providing information about these topics.

ISS Hot Topics, Session #2

Join ISS for a discussion of the current hot topics impacting international students.

ISS advisors will be available to answer your questions via chat.

Date Time (EST) Location
Thursday July 9 9:00-10:00 am via Zoom
Zoom Details Coming Soon!

The above link requires UBIT login.

ISS Hot Topics, Session #1

Join ISS for a discussion of the current hot topics impacting international students. Information relevant for summer and Fall planning, international travel, off campus work authorizations, important reminders and resources will be provided.

ISS advisors will be available to answer your questions via chat.

Date Time (EST) Location
Tuesday June 9 2:00-3:00 pm via Zoom

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. 

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. 

Date Time Location
Tuesday, January 28 2:00-3:00 pm O'Brian Hall 212
Wednesday, January 29 11:00 am-12:00 pm Clemens Hall 19
Monday, February 3 5:00-6:00 pm Capen Hall 240

Curricular Practical Training Workshops

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

Date Time Location
Wednesday, February 5 4:00-4:50 pm Natural Sciences Complex 222
Thursday, March 5 3:30-4:20 pm Baldy Hall 101

Optional Practical Training Workshops

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 workshop to learn about OPT eligibility requirements and the application process.

Date Time Location
Wednesday, February 12 3:00-3:50 pm Natural Sciences Complex 222
Thursday, February 27 3:30-4:20 pm Knox Hall 110
Monday, March 9 3:00-3:50 pm Knox Hall 14

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

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? Come learn about non-immigrant and immigrant visa options.

Date Time Location
TBA TBA TBA

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 workshop will explore two work authorization options for J-1 students, on-campus employment and Academic Training. 

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

Date Time Location
Monday, March 2 3:00-3:50 pm Talbert Hall 112