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International Student and Scholar Workshops

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Most workshops do not require advanced registration, unless otherwise indicated.

Current Workshop Topics:

Employment Authorization

Employment Authorization for F-1 and J-1 Students: An Overview

Date Time Location Room
Fri, Jan 31 2-3:30pm International Center (Central Campus) Room 9 (Conference Room)

Would you like to learn more about the different kinds of employment authorization for F-1 and J-1 students, for employment either before or immediately after graduation? Or maybe you have heard about “OPT”, “CPT”, or “AT”, but want to know more about the differences between them and their advantages and disadvantages.

At this workshop, we will provide an overview of employment authorization options and authorization procedures for F-1 students such as Curricular Practical Training, Optional Practical Training, and employment under the sponsorship of certain recognized international organizations; and will also explain the Academic Training employment authorization for J-1 students. After attending this workshop, you will understand what kind of employment authorization is most appropriate for you, and will know what you need to do next if you decide to apply for one of these “work permits.”

Workshop Presentation pdf icon

Be advised that the workshop presentation will not be provided at the workshop. So please remember to print and bring it with you to the workshop so you can follow the presentation. If you have questions about the handout, please save your questions for the workshop.


Employment-Based U.S. Permanent Residency Information

Date Time Location Room
Fri, Dec 5 2-3:30pm Pierpont Commons   Boulevard Room

Permanent residency authorizes a foreign national to work in the U.S. indefinitely. Topics covered in the workshop include basic eligibility requirements and specific procedures.

Presenter: Vicky Farah from the Law Offices of Vicky Farah.

Be advised that the workshop outline will not be provided at the workshop. If you have questions about the outline, please save your questions for the workshop.


H-1B Temporary Worker in Specialty Occupations Basics

Date Time Location Room
Wed, Nov 19 4-5:30pm Ford School of Public Policy  Betty Ford Classroom
(Room 1110, first floor)

Designed for international students who plan to work in the U.S. following graduation. Topics covered include basic eligibility requirements and specific procedures.

Presenter: Dawn Welk Wise from the Law Firm of Irani & Wise.

Workshop Resource: The University of Michigan subscribes to an online resource called GOING GLOBAL. GOING GLOBAL includes a searchable online database of employers who have filed H-1B petitions. It will provide information about employers who have filed H-1B petitions for their employees in the past and might be willing to do so again.

To find the H-1B information, click on H1B Info then on H1B plus for the most flexible search options. GOING GLOBAL also has U.S./Canada city career guides and country-specific career guides which may be of interest to you. If you have any problems accessing or using this online resource, you can get help at Ask a Librarian.

This workshop is cosponsored by the International Center and Ford School of Public Policy.


Optional Practical Training (OPT) Information Sessions (not required)

Date Time Location Room
Tues, Feb 11 2-3:30pm Pierpont Commons (North Campus) East Room
Fri, Mar 14 10-11:30am International Center (Central Campus) Conference Room

Optional Practical Training (OPT) is a way for F-1 international students to obtain permission to work in the United States in the field related to their major area of study. Usually this “work permit” is used after graduation, but may be used prior to graduation as well.

At this workshop, you will learn the basics of OPT: definition, eligibility, timeline, and the application process. The goal of this workshop is to give you an overview of OPT and help you plan ahead, if you think that you may be interested in applying for OPT at some point. 

In order to apply for OPT you must complete the OPT online certification course. These information sessions are supplementary and not required


U.S. Immigration Regulation Workshops

J Visa Holders: 212e Two-Year Foreign Residency Requirement and Waiver

Date Time Location Room
Wed, Feb 19 3-5pm International Center Conference Room

Some J-1 Exchange Visitors are subject to the U.S. Department of State's Two-Year Foreign Residence Requirement [Immigration and Nationality Act 212(e)]. If the exchange visitor is subject to the INA 212(e) requirement, he or she cannot change his or her status to that of H, L, K, or immigrant lawful permanent resident (LPR) until he or she has returned to his/her home country for at least two-years or received a waiver of the requirement.

This session will provide an overview of the Two-Year Foreign Residence Requirement, including an explanation of which J-1 Exchange Visitors may be affected by the requirement and procedures for applying for a waiver.

Pre-requisite: Before attending the workshop, please read the information at:


Marriage to a U.S. Citizen: Permanent Residency (Green Card) Process

Date Time Location Room
Fri, Aug 8 10am-Noon North Quad 2255

This workshop is designed for international students, scholars, faculty, and staff who are interested in learning how to obtain permanent residency (a “green card”) based on marriage to a U.S. citizen. U.S. citizen fiances and significant others are also welcome and encouraged to attend this event.

Topics covered will include legal requirements, forms, USCIS fees, processing times, preparing for the USCIS interview, an explanation of “conditional permanent residency,” and an explanation of how and when to petition USCIS to have the conditions removed.

Presenter: Dawn Welk Wise from the Law Firm of Irani & Wise. 

Workshop Presentation pdf icon

Be advised that the workshop presentation will not be provided at the workshop. If you have questions about the presentation, please save your questions for the workshop.

This workshop is cosponsored by the International Center and School of Information. 


U.S. Job and Internship Search

Finding an Internship in the U.S.: Information and Strategies for International Students

Date Time Location Room
Thur, Jan 16 2-3:30pm Rackham Graduate School Amphitheater (4th floor)

**Please note, food and drinks (except bottled water) are not allowed in the Amphitheatre**

Winter Career Expo is a great way to network with organizations and continue your job and internship search! Organizations select this event to showcase job and/or internship opportunities specifically to UM-Ann Arbor students.

“Finding an Internship in the U.S.” workshop will focus on internships for international undergraduate and graduate students. Topics covered will be what to expect at the Winter Career Expo, how and where to find internships and immigration regulations and restrictions concerning internships.

Workshop Presentations:

Prepare with Fair! Get Ready for the Winter Expo pdf icon

Finding an internship in the U.S.: Preparing for Winter Career Expo pdf icon

Workshop Materials: Be advised that workshop materials will not be provided at the workshop. So please remember to print and bring them with you to the workshop so you can follow the presentation. If you have questions about the materials, please save your questions for the workshop.

This workshop is co-sponsored by the Career Center, Rackham Graduate School, and the International Center.


Handling Your Immigration Status during the Academic Job Search Process

Date Time Location Room
Mon, Nov 18, 2013 3-4:30pm Rackham Graduate School Assembly Hall(4th floor)

This workshop will provide a deeper understanding of how to handle immigration status during the academic job search process for international Ph.D. students seeking academic positions in the United States. We'll provide an overview of immigration regulations pertinent to international students seeking academic jobs; how to handle the transition out of a graduate work with faculty mentors; how to talk about immigration status during the academic interview; and insights into the process from the Human Resource/faculty perspective. If interested, please register now

Workshop Resources:

Common Cultural Barriers to The Job Search pdf icon

When to Reveal Your Work Status pdf icon

Visa Category & Employment Comparison Chart pdf icon

This workshop is co-sponsored by Rackham Graduate School and the International Center.


Pursuing a U.S. Academic Career: Strategies for International Students

Date Time Location Room
Tues, Sept 24, 2013 3:50-5pm Michigan League Hussey Room

International faculty panelists will share their job search experience and strategies.

This workshop is part of the Preparing Future Faculty Conference: Getting Ready for an Academic Career conference.


U.S. Job Search Strategies for International Students

Date Time Location Room
Fri, Sept 26 1-3pm Rackham Graduate School Amphitheater

Do you plan to work in the United States after finishing your degree? This program is designed to help international students maximize their chances of finding employment in this country. We'll discuss interview preparation, resume writing, cross-cultural issues, networking, and ways to identify appropriate opportunities. We'll also provide an overview of immigration regulations pertinent to international students, and Career Center services that are available to you on this campus.

Be advised that the workshop presentations will not be provided at the workshop. So please remember to print and bring them with you to the workshop so you can follow the presentation. If you have questions about the material, please save your questions for the workshop.

This workshop is co-sponsored by the Career Center, Rackham Graduate School, and the International Center.


Taxes

Michigan Tax Workshop

Date Time Location Room
Wed, Mar 19 10am-Noon Rackham Graduate School Amphitheatre, 4th Floor
Wed, Mar 19 1:30-3:30pm Rackham Graduate School Amphitheatre, 4th Floor

Representatives from the Michigan Department of the Treasury will explain the State of Michigan tax form to international students and scholars. This workshop is specifically designed for F-1 and J-1 international students and scholars. It will not help permanent residents or U.S. citizens. Individual assistance will be available after the presentation.

Workshop Resources:

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Be advised that the workshop materials will not be provided at the workshop. So please remember to print and bring them with you to the workshop so you can follow the presentation. If you have questions about the material, please save your questions for the workshop.

Co-sponsored by Rackham Graduate School and the International Center.


Travel

Travel and Re-entry to the U.S.: Information and Procedures for F and J Students and Scholars

To be scheduled in winter 2014

Understanding the procedures involved in leaving and re-entering the U.S. can help you anticipate or avoid possible difficulties or delays. In this workshop, we'll discuss documents needed for travel and re-entry, applying for a new visa, and reasons for visa delays and denials, including security clearance requirements. You'll also learn more about U.S. port of entry procedures, including what to expect if you have an expired travel signature and what happens in “secondary inspection”; and about procedures to follow if you plan to travel outside the United States during OPT (Optional Practical Training). There will be time after the workshop presentation for you to ask any additional questions you may have.

Workshop Presentation pdf icon

Be advised that the workshop presentation will not be provided at the workshop. So please remember to print and bring it with you to the workshop so you can follow the presentation. If you have questions about the handout, please save your questions for the workshop.



Last reviewed: 08/14