Events and Programs - Spring 2020

Curricular Practical Training (CPT) Workshop

Monday, February 17, 12:15-1:15 p.m. @ Gordon Career Center
Wednesday, February 26, 12:15-1:15 p.m. @ Gordon Career Center
Wednesday, March 25, 5:00-6:00 p.m. @ Gordon Career Center
The three sessions are exactly the same. You only need to attend one. Each session is limited to 20 students. First come, first served. Registration not required.

Intended Audience: Classes of 2021 and 2022 F-1 visa holders who intend to work off-campus in the United States during Summer 2020

Session Description: In this workshop, you will learn: 1) CPT eligibility, 2) a step-by-step guide to registering for CSLP 493, and 3) information about maintaining your F-1 status while working in the summer.

Optional Practical Training (OPT) Workshop

Thursday, February 6, 5:00-6:00 p.m. @ Gordon Career Center
Monday, March 2, 12:15-1:15 p.m. @ Gordon Career Center
The two sessions are exactly the same. You only need to attend one. Each session is limited to 15 students. First come, first served. Registration not required.

Intended Audience: Classes of 2020 and 2021 F-1 visa holders who wish to work in the United States after graduation

Session Description: This workshop will cover: 1) OPT eligibility, 2) a step-by-step guide to complete the I-765 form, and 3) information about maintaining your F-1 visa status while on OPT.  Please bring: 1) your current and all previous I-20s, 2) your passport, 3) your F-1 visa page (if on a different passport), 4) your most recent I-94, 5) your Social Security Card (if you have one), and a pen with black ink (required by U.S. government).

Optional Practical Training (OPT) Q&A

Wednesday, February 12, 5:00-6:00 p.m. @ Gordon Career Center
Monday, February 24, 5:00-6:00 p.m. @ Gordon Career Center
Wednesday, April 1, 12:15-1:15 p.m. @ Gordon Career Center
The three sessions are exactly the same. You only need to attend one. Each session is limited to 20 students. First come, first served. Registration not required.

Intended Audience: Classes of 2020 and 2021 F-1 visa holders who wish to work in the United States after graduation

Session Description: This is a workshop for students who already attended the OPT workshop and still have questions about the application process. In this session, OISA staff members will answer frequently asked questions such as planning your OPT start date, traveling internationally while waiting for OPT approval and more!

Bring your questions to the session.

Tax Information Sessions for Non-Resident Aliens

Tuesday, March 3, 3:00-4:30 p.m. @ Usdan 110 (open to all)
Wednesday, March 4, 5:30-7:00 p.m. @ Usdan 108 (open to all)
Tuesday, March 10, 3:00-4:30 p.m. @ Usdan 110 (Grad students and employees only)
Wednesday, March 25, 3:00-4:30 p.m. @ Usdan 108 (open to all)

All sessions are exactly the same. You only need to attend one.

Life After Wes: Managing your Immigration Status after Graduation

Tuesday, March 3, 5:00-6:00 p.m. @ Gordon Career Center
Monday, April, 6, 12:15-1:15 p.m. @ Gordon Career Center
The two sessions are exactly the same. You only need to attend one. Each session is limited to 30 students. Registration on Handshake is required.

Intended Audience: Class of 2020 F-1 visa holders who have plans to attend graduate school in the United States in the future (including after OPT) or depart the U.S. after graduation.

Session Description: This workshop will cover all different scenarios for F-1 visa holders to understand how to manage their immigration status after they graduate from Wesleyan. We will cover: 1) grace period for staying in the United States after graduation without applying for OPT, 2) deadlines for OPT applications, 3) transferring your SEVIS record to a graduate school and 4) answer additional questions you may have.


OPT STEM Extension Info Session

Thursday, April 9, 5:00-6:00 p.m. @ Gordon Career Center
Tuesday, April 14, 12:15-1:15 p.m. @ Gordon Career Center
The two sessions are exactly the same. You only need to attend one. Each session is limited to 20 students. First come, first served. Registration not required.

Intended Audience: Classes of 2020 and 2021 F-1 visa holders whose major is one of the following: archaeology, astronomy, biology, chemistry, college of integrative science, computer science, earth and environmental sciences, economics, environmental studies, mathematics, molecular biology & biochemistry, neuroscience & behavior, physics and wish to continue working in the United States after their one-year OPT.

Session Description: This session is for students who would like to learn more about OPT STEM extension (an additional 24 months of OPT). We will cover OPT-STEM extension eligibility, the application timeline and other essential information about OPT-STEM extension.