December 1, 2022

Table of Contents

Student Services Reminders

1). ISO Holiday Hours

2). Winter Break Travel

3). Applying For F-1 OPT

4). Update Your Glacier Record by 12/15

Support & Engagement Reminders

5). Campus & Community Events

ISO Holiday Hours

The ISO will be holding adjusted office hours around upcoming University holidays in December:

Thursday, Dec. 15: ISO will close at 3:00pm

Friday, Dec. 23: ISO will close at 3:00pm

Monday, Dec. 26: CLOSED for Holiday

Tuesday, Dec. 27 & Thursday, Dec. 29: Phone & Virtual Drop-Ins only: 10:00am – 12:00pm. No Service Desk Hours.

Wednesday, Dec. 28 & Friday, Dec. 30: CLOSED. If you have an immigration emergency while the ISO is closed, please contact UR Public Safety at +1-585-275-3333.

Winter Break Travel Reminders

As we approach winter break and begin to shift focus to next semester, we understand that many students may be preparing to travel, arrive, and/or return in the coming month or two. Please review the topics below as you consider your plans.

International Travel

Before you travel internationally, be sure to check entry requirements for your country of destination if necessary. ISO cannot advise on other countries’ immigration requirements or visa application processes. In addition, please check to make sure you will have appropriate, up-to-date travel documents at the time you re-enter the United States. For currently enrolled students, these include:

  • Passport – valid at least 6 months into the future
  • Valid F-1 or J-1 visa sticker in your passport – unless you are traveling only within North America and are eligible for automatic revalidation
  • I-20 or DS-2019 with a valid travel signature on page 2 – travel signatures are valid for 1 year**
  • Printed copy of your most recent I-94 record

In addition to these essential documents, you may also want to carry additional documentation to prove your enrollment status and financial support – in case you are questioned – such as your student ID card, an enrollment verification letter from the Registrar’s office, financial documents, and/or your SEVIS I-901 payment receipt.

Read More on ISO Website.


F-1 students intending to work in the United States after graduation will likely need to apply for F-1 Optional Practical Training. If you are interested in applying for OPT, please watch our recorded OPT Webinars for more information. If you have questions after reviewing the webinars, please contact us to make an appointment with an ISO advisor.

**Please note, J-1 students should consult with ISO regarding work opportunities after graduation, as there will be different considerations.

Read More on ISO Website.

Update Your GLACIER Record by 12/15

GLACIER is a software used by the University Payroll Office to ensure that international students’ tax withholding forms are generated correctly. Keeping your GLACIER record up-to-date ensures that most payments you receive from the University of Rochester will have the correct amount of tax withheld from them.

If you need to make any changes to your information in GLACIER for the 2022 calendar year, updated documents should be submitted to the Payroll Office by December 15, 2022. This is also the deadline for timely submitting documents to renew your tax treaty for 2023, if applicable. Changes made after this date will take effect in 2023.

Read more on ISO Website.

Campus & Community Events

Friday, December 2 - Friday, December 23: Roc Holiday Village

This downtown festival features free ice skating and skate rentals, a unique shopping village, live music, and more!

Friday, December 2, 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM: Holiday Shopping Fair

Stop by the Hirst Lounge to do local holiday shopping without leaving campus! The fair will feature an assortment of crafts from vendors around the Rochester area!

Tuesday, December 6, 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM: Crisis Abroad

Join this drop-in group for Chinese students dealing with crisis as a result of protests in their home county. The group will be on the 2nd Floor of the UHS building.

Saturday, December 10, 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM: Deck the Town

Celebrate the holiday season at College Town. Enjoy kettle corn, hot cocoa, meet and greets with your favorite holiday characters, and more!