Fall 2023 Workshops

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July 26th, 2023

Please find our virtual immigration workshop series below. Join us at one of our scheduled workshops to learn about maintaining status and employment benefits as an F-1 student and ask questions. In addition, do access one of our on-demand workshops available on our website about OPT or on-campus student employment.

Fall 2023 Workshop Series

Post Completion OPT Application Basics and Q&A

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 submitting the OPT application. Questions will be taken via chat at the end.

**This session will focus on unique aspects of Post Completion OPT for PhD students**

  • Thursday, December 14, 2023 10AM            Register Here


STEM OPT Basics and Q&A

This workshop is designed for students who have already applied 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.  After this workshop, students should be prepared to apply for the STEM OPT extension. Questions will be taken via chat at the end.


Employment Authorizations for Internships

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) and Pre-completion Optional Practical Training (OPT).


Special Topics in Immigration with Featured Immigration Attorneys

Join ISSO and local attorneys who specialize in immigration to learn more about special immigration topics;

Immigration Considerations for Entrepreneurs and Non-Traditional Employment

  • Tuesday, October 17, 2023 5PM    In person session located at HAR208. Capacity is limited so please arrive early to ensure attendance.

Immigration Options after OPT

Immigration Options for Medical Students


On-Demand Workshops – access them anytime!

Student Employment

This workshop covers 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. It is now offered online in an on-demand format.  If you are interested in learning about how to work at BU, you can watch the video any time!

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


OPT Application Basics

Want to know more about the OPT Application process? Check out the OPT Application Basics Workshop below. This video is a 25 minute overview intended to introduce you to basic concepts and terms.  You will learn more about what OPT is, when you should apply, and how to maintain your status while on OPT. We recommend that you watch this video when you are starting to think about OPT as it gives you a good overview of the entire process.

OPT Applications Basics – on demand workshop


ISSO Collaboration with Center for Career Development

Please register for these Center for Career Development sessions through the CCD website

  • Tuesday, October 3, 2023 6 to 7pm Internship Search for International Students
  • Thursday, October 26, 2023 2:30 to 3:30 pm Networking for International Students
  • Tuesday, November 7, 2023 9:30 to 11am Interviewing in the US