Information Sessions

ISS offers virtual sessions on international student travel, F-1 work options, & more!

On this page:

How to Succeed as an F-1 Student

This session introduces ISS, how to maintain F-1 immigration status and how to be successful at UB.  

How to Succeed as a J-1 Student

This session introduces ISS, how to maintain J-1 student status and how to be successful at UB.  

Curricular Practical Training (CPT)

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.

NEW CPT Application Process

Starting for Winter & Spring 2024, there is a new CPT e-form process on UB Global. Please check our general CPT page or watch the recorded session for details.

Faculty & Staff can read about their part of the new process on our Faculty/Staff CPT page.

Date Time (ET) Location  Register
Friday, February 2
2:00-2:50 pm Zoom Thanks for attending!
Tuesday, March 5 1:00-1:50 pm Zoom Register for March
Monday, April 15
4:00-4:50 pm Zoom Register for April
Thursday, May 2
3:00-3:50 pm Zoom Register for May

Optional Practical Training (OPT)

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.

ISS now has an OPT workshop series! The videos are required viewing for any student requesting an OPT I-20 however students are welcome to watch the videos at any time.

OPT Extension: STEM and Cap Gap

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

Date Time (ET) Location Register
Friday, April 5 12:00-1:00 pm Zoom Register to learn about OPT Extensions

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? Attend this information session to learn about non-immigrant and immigrant visa options from a local immigration attorney. Registration is required.

Date Time (ET) Location Register
Tuesday, March 26
1:00-2:00 pm Zoom Register to learn about options after OPT

*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. 

F-1 and J-1 Student Travel: Are you ready to fly?

Are you planning to travel internationally during break? If so, do you know what documents are required and what to be prepared for upon your re-entry to the U.S.? Come learn about these and other travel topics for F-1 and J-1 visa holders. 

Date Time (ET) Location Registration
Thursday, March 7 11:00-11:50 am Zoom
Register to learn about travel