UR ISO Student News March 15, 2022

Taxes, Employment Workshops, OPT, & Grad. Appreciation Week


Don’t forget that Tax Season is here and ISO is ready to help you with your tax preparation. Filing has never been easier with Sprintax.

The next live virtual workshops are scheduled for:

Session 2: Mar 15, 2022 5:00 PM EDT

Register: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/8736774790356412687

Session 3: Apr 12, 2022 3:00 PM EDT

Register: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/6647975376465765131

The link for non-resident aliens to file taxes is:


The code for free filing for federal taxes is: 21UR100FI

Filing Deadline is April 18, 2022

Join ISO’s last Employment Workshop: F-1 OPT Q&A, 3/25

ISO will conclude our Spring 2022 webinar series on F-1 employment authorizations with another Q&A session for F-1 students preparing to apply for Optional Practical Training (OPT). If you missed our initial workshop, please review the “Work After Graduation and F-1 OPT Application Procedures” recording and presentation slides from Friday, January 28.

We will offer another opportunity for Q&A regarding OPT eligibility, timelines, and the formal application process! Join us virtually for this open forum for questions and moderated discussion with ISO Student Services. If you are completing this semester and eligible to apply for OPT, now is the time to consider your options!

Topic: Work After Graduation and F-1 OPT Q&A Session
When: Friday, March 25, 2022, 11:00am Eastern

Zoom Link: https://rochester.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_Y4RNLh3TRSmL1QjaFLPQOA

For this workshop and all our previous installments from this semester, please visit our ISO Event Archives for presentation materials.

The events around the globe continue to impact students and scholars, support services are available through the University Counseling Center. Crisis Abroad Drop-In Groups will continue to be held

  • Wednesday, March 16th from 3:00 PM-4:00 PM
  • Friday, March 25th from 3:00 PM-4:00 PM
  • Monday, March 28th from 2:00 PM-3:00 PM

Zoom ID : 96422505660

UCC has partnered with LifeWorks. LifeWorks is a 24/7 week teletherapy service that offer multi-lingual support. The service is free and confidential. Download the app at: https://www.myssp.app/us/home or call 1-866-743-7732

UCC is available for same-day appointments by calling 585-275-3113. A 24 hour a day crisis line is also available.


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April 4th -8th is Graduate Student Appreciation Month and we want to celebrate our graduate students. Consider a trip to the Strong Museum of Play or the Memorial Art Gallery. How about taking a tour of the Public Market or joining your fellow students for a production of Into the Woods?

See the full list of events at Visit our +6website


If your answer is “yes,” or “maybe,” now is the time to begin thinking about your post-completion plans!

If you intend to work in the United States after graduation, you will likely need to apply for F-1 Optional Practical Training or J-1 Academic Training. If you are interested in applying for either of these work authorizations, please make an appointment with an ISO advisor and/or look at available information on the ISO’s website as early as possible in your final term.

You can also visit ISO's Event Archive page for recordings from our Spring 2022 F-1 Employment Authorization Workshop series.

If you will be starting a new degree program at another school in the United States after graduation, you may be eligible to transfer your SEVIS immigration record to the new institution, depending on when your new program starts. If you will be attending a new degree program at the University of Rochester, you will need to complete some processing to change your education level.

If you will be leaving the United States within your grace period after your completion date, please complete the ISO’s Student Departure Form once you have booked your travel out of the US. Please note that you cannot re-enter the US in F-1 or J-1 status once you have left during your grace period.

Finally, if your I-20 or DS-2019 currently lists an incorrect program end date—if you will be finishing earlier than the date on the document or vice versa—you can correct this end date by completing the ISO’S Program Extension/Shorten Form.

Scams Continue to Impact International Students

In the past three months, UR students have been scammed out of over $140,000.00. Scammers are people who will try to take advantage of you for their own financial gain. Common scams include but are not limited to:

  • Employment opportunities that involve payment as an onboarding fee
  • Threats of deportation if money is not wired to and unfamiliar bank account
  • People posing as Federal Officers from the US or your home country who threaten your family if you do not pay them
  • Anyone requesting money, gift cards, or personal information
  • People calling about allegedly shipping things illegally

If you are approached in-person, or via email, phone, or text and asked to provide a stranger with any personal information, contact the UR Department of Public Safety at 275-3333 or http://www.publicsafety.Rochester.edu/


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