Employment Workshops

The Office of International Services offers workshops for F-1 & J-1 students regarding their employment rights and benefits in the United States.

Throughout the year, OIS presents workshops on the process on how to file for Optional Practical Training, work authorization granted through USCIS for a period of 12 months. Find out about when to file, what you need to submit, and regulations specifically pertaining to Optional Practical Training including the 90 days of unemployment rule.


  1. Are you completing your program during the Fall semester? (That is, will you finish all requirements for your degree program in December 2020.)
  2. Do you plan to file an application with USCIS for Optional Practical Training (OPT)? 

If you answered YES to those questions, attendance at an OPT Workshop is required before OIS can issue you an OPT Recommendation I-20. During the workshop we will cover OPT eligibility, the timeline and process for applying, the forms to fill out, and what to expect from USCIS. 

NOTE: USCIS OPT application fees are rising after October 1! All students applying for OPT are encouraged to attend the September workshops and submit your application to OIS no later than September 18 in order to receive their paperwork back in time to apply to USCIS before the fee rises on October 2.

The next workshops will take place on:

 Wednesday, September 9, 2020

 3:00 – 4:00 p.m.


 Monday, September 14, 2020

 3:00 – 4:00 p.m.

TO PARTICIPATE: Due to COVID-19, the workshop will take place remotely through Blackboard Collaborate. You must email us if you would like to attend one of these workshops. Please indicate which date you plan to attend. We will send you a confirmation email including instructions on how to join the workshop. Please join the workshop on time or you will miss important information and may be required to attend another session. 

Other workshops will take place the following dates:


  • Thursday, October 8 from 12:00 – 1:00 p.m.
  • Monday, October 19 from 3:00 – 4:00 p.m.
  • Thursday, November 5 from 3:00 – 4:00 p.m.
  • Monday, November 9 from 12:00 – 1:00 p.m.