Spring 2019 Workshop

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January 30th, 2019

International Students & Scholars Office Spring 2019 Workshop Schedule

The ISSO is pleased to announce our spring workshop schedule on topics including on-campus employment, applying for Optional Practical Training, and Interviewing in the U.S.

For complete workshop dates, locations and session descriptions, see our the ISSO event calendar as additional dates may be added during the semester.

Please note the location of the workshop you wish to attend. Workshops are offered across Charles River and Medical Campus to ensure space and access to interested students.

Space for our workshops is limited and a reservation is usually required to ensure your place. Please register at the corresponding link below for the workshops you plan to attend.


Featured Workshops with visiting attorneys:

Immigration Considerations for Medical Students

Rhonda Tietjen & Heidi Snyder – RSST Law Group

  • Starting a medical residency on OPT vs. H1-B vs. J-1 alien physician
  • Options for waivers of the 212e J-1 two year home country residence requirement
  • Long term planning for US permanent residence after completing residence training

       Wednesday February 20th, 5:30 pm [Register here]
       Location: BU School of Medicine, 72 East Concord Street, Room L110

Immigration Considerations for Entrepreneurs and Self-Employment

Elizabeth Goss – Goss Associates

  • Are you interested in starting a company or working for a start-up?
  • What entrepreneur activities require employer authorization?
  • Session will highlight nonimmigrant visas options to support these activities

Thursday, March 7th, 4:00 pm [Register here]
Location: ISSO, 888 Commonwealth Ave, 2nd Floor

Immigration Considerations for Artists and Performers

Richard Iandoli – Iandoli Desai & Cronin P.C.

  • Are you interested in starting a company or working for a start-up?
  • What entrepreneur activities require employer authorization?
  • Session will highlight nonimmigrant visas options to support these activities

Thursday, April 11th, 4:00 pm [Register here]
Location: ISSO, 888 Commonwealth Ave, 2nd Floor


Workshops in collaboration with the BU Student Employment Office:

You’re Hired! On-Campus Employment for International Students

Join staff from the ISSO and the Student Employment Office to discuss, tips for finding a job on campus, U.S. work permission, your rights and expectations as a U.S. worker, Social Security numbers, getting paid and taxes.

Monday, January 28th, 3:00 pm [Register here]
Location: ISSO, 888 Commonwealth Ave, 2nd Floor

Thursday, January 31st, 11:00 am [Register here]
Location: ISSO, 888 Commonwealth Ave, 2nd Floor


Workshops in collaboration with the BU Center for Career Development:

Interviewing in the USA: A Career Workshop

Join staff from the ISSO and the Center for Career Development (CCD) for a program designed to help international students understand the job search process in the U.S. Sharpen your interviewing techniques by bringing your strengths as an international student to the table. This workshop will help you familiarize yourself with the intricacies of the U.S. interview process while learning how to best assess your skills and international experience to answer “difficult” interview questions.

Wednesday, February 27th, 4:00 pm [Register with the CCD here]
Location: CCD, 100 Bay State Road, 6th Floor

Thursday, April 4th, 3:00 pm [Register with the CCD here]
Location: ISSO, 888 Commonwealth Ave, 2nd Floor

Global Job and Internship Search for International Students

Learn how to find internships and/or full-time jobs both internationally and in the US. We will start with the mechanics of preparing for the search including knowing yourself and your targeted audience. We will review resources for searching both here and abroad and various strategies to enhance your search process including social media. This session will be presented by CCD staff.

Wednesday, January 30th, 4:00 pm [Register with the CCD here]
Location: CCD, 100 Bay State Road, 6th Floor

US resume versus International CV for International Students

Learn the difference between a resume and a CV in the US and begin to convert your international CV to a US resume format. This session will be presented by CCD staff.

Tuesday, February 5th, 4:00 pm[Register with the CCD here]
Location: CCD, 100 Bay State Road, 6th Floor

Networking for International Students

Leverage your connections in the US and at home to enhance your global job or internship search. This session will be presented by CCD staff.

Tuesday, February 26th, 4:00 pm[Register with the CCD here]
Location: CCD, 100 Bay State Road, 6th Floor

Summer Internships: CPT and pre-OPT

It’s not too early to begin planning for a summer internship. This workshop covers F-1 student employment authorization options for off-campus work and internships including: Curricular Practical Training (CPT), Pre-completion Optional Practical Training (OPT), Employment through designated International Organizations.

Tuesday, February 12th, 4:00 pm[Register here]
Location: COM 101, 640 Commonwealth Avenue

Wednesday, February 20th, 4:00 pm[Register here]
Location: CCD, 100 Bay State Road, 6th Floor

F-1 OPT: Application Basics

This workshop covers topics for students preparing to apply for Optional Practical Training (OPT), including eligibility factors and timing of application, considerations for travel and employment, and tips for preparing and mailing the OPT application.

Friday, February 1st, 3:00 pm[Register here]
Friday, February 1st, 4:00 pm [Register here]
Location: Questrom Auditorium (HAR 105), 595 Commonwealth Avenue

Tuesday, February 12th, 5:00 pm[Register here]
Location: COM 101, 640 Commonwealth Avenue

Wednesday, February 13th, 5:30 pm[Register here]
Location: BU School of Medicine, 72 East Concord Street, Room L110

Thursday, February 21st, 11:00 am[Register here]
Thursday, February 21st, 1:00 pm[Register here]
Location: ISSO, 888 Commonwealth Ave, 2nd Floor

Friday, March 1st, 3:00 pm[Register here]
Friday, March 1st, 4:00 pm[Register here]
Location: COM 101, 640 Commonwealth Avenue

Tuesday, March 5th, 4:00 [Register here]
Location: BU School of Medicine, 72 East Concord Street, Bakst Auditorium

Friday, April 5th, 11:00 am[Register here]
Friday, April 5th, 3:00 pm[Register here]
Location: ISSO, 888 Commonwealth Ave, 2nd Floor

Wednesday, April 10th, 4:00 pm[Register here]
Location: ISSO, 888 Commonwealth Ave, 2nd Floor

Friday, May 3rd, 11:00 am[Register here]
Friday, May 3rd, 3:00 pm[Register here]
Location: ISSO, 888 Commonwealth Ave, 2nd Floor

Friday, June 7th, 3:00 pm [Register here]
Location: ISSO, 888 Commonwealth Ave, 2nd Floor


F-1 OPT: Transitions (STEM OPT, Cap-Gap, H-1B and alternatives)

This workshop is designed for students who have already submitted an application for Optional Practical Training (OPT) and who may already be working on OPT. Covers advanced OPT topics including an overview of STEM OPT, allowing OPT extensions for certain Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) fields, moving to H-1B employment-based immigration sponsorship, and “cap-gap” extensions of status and work permission.

Tuesday, March 5th, 5:00 [Register here]
Location: BU School of Medicine, 72 East Concord Street, Bakst Auditorium

Wednesday, April 10th, 5:00 pm[Register here]
Location: ISSO, 888 Commonwealth Avenue, 2nd Floor


J-1 Academic Training:TApplication Basics

This workshop is intended for Boston University-sponsored Exchange Visitors who wish to apply for employment or training permission either during or at the end of their academic program. The workshop will cover the application process for J-1 Academic Training (AT), including establishing eligibility and suitable training opportunities.

Thursday, March 21st, 3:00 pm[Register here]
Location: ISSO, 888 Commonwealth Avenue, 2nd Floor