Events and Programs - Spring 2021

Please note that due to COVID-19, all sessions will be held once over Zoom but will be recorded. If you are unable to attend one of the sessions, please email oisa@wesleyan.edu for a link to the recording.

Optional Practical Training (OPT): Overview, Eligibility and Timelines

Wednesday, February 17, 12:00-1:00 p.m. EST

Zoom link: https://wesleyan.zoom.us/j/99013156825

Intended Audience: Classes of 2021 and 2022 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 have the following documents ready prior to the workshop: 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 the U.S. government).

Optional Practical Training (OPT): Filling out the I-765 Form

Tuesday, February 23, 12:00-1:00 p.m. EST

Zoom link: https://wesleyan.zoom.us/j/98235477842

Intended Audience: Classes of 2021 and 2022 F-1 visa holders who wish to work in the United States after graduation

Session Description: In this workshop, OISA staff will provide step-by-step guidance to fill out the I-765 (Application For Employment Authorization). Students are encouraged to download the form and follow along. Please have the following documents ready prior to the workshop: 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 the U.S. government).

Students who would like to receive individual feedback on their I-765 form should email a completed copy of their I-765 to oisa@wesleyan.edu. The turnaround for receiving corrections/feedback is 7-10 business days. Students are encouraged to attend one of OISA’s drop-in hours to ask questions related to filling out the I-765 form.

Curricular Practical Training (CPT) Workshop

Thursday, March 18, 12:00-1:00 p.m. EDT

Zoom Link: https://wesleyan.zoom.us/j/93569089094

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

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.

Curricular Practical Training (CPT) Q&As

Monday, March 29, 12:00-1:00 p.m. EDT

Zoom Link: https://wesleyan.zoom.us/j/92001015097

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

Session Description: This is a workshop for students who already attended the CPT workshop and still have questions about the application process. In this session, OISA staff members will answer frequently asked questions such as planning your CPT start and end dates, applying for CPT using the International Students and Scholar Portal and more!

Life After Wes: Managing your Immigration Status after Graduation

Wednesday, April 7, 12:00-1:00 p.m. EDT

Zoom link: https://wesleyan.zoom.us/j/94761418883

Intended Audience: Class of 2021 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 15, 12:00-1:00 p.m. EDT

Zoom link: https://wesleyan.zoom.us/j/97614649988

Intended Audience: Classes of 2021 and 2022 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.