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Upcoming Workshops for Spring 2020

Interested in Curriculuar (CPT) and Optional (OPT) Practical Training? Need more information to get started? Attend one of these workshops.

Employee Workshops:

Curricular (CPT) and Optional (OPT) Practical Training for F-1 Students

(This 2-part workshop will be offered two times. Note that start time and location are different for each date.)

Friday, February 7, CPT 11:45 a.m. / OPT 12:15 p.m., Kansas Union Kansas Room (level 6)

Tuesday, February 18, CPT 3:15 a.m. / OPT 3:45 p.m., Kansas Union Big 12 Room (level 5)

--- Feel free to bring your lunch and eat while listening

ISS Advising staff will explain the purpose, eligibility and application procedures for F-1 Curricular and Optional Practical Training. Plan to attend both segments to learn about the full range of options for employment related to your F-1 academic program.   (Note: This workshop will mention, but will not discuss in detail, the 2-year STEM OPT extension option – a separate session on that topic will be offered later.)


­­“Leveraging Your International Experience into a Career”

Friday, February 7, 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m., Summerfield Hall Room 201

Wondering how to best prepare for the upcoming Career Fair? We can help! Experts will show how to highlight your international experience on your resume and how to talk about it during interviews. We will teach you how to start building and maximazing your network. FREE FOOD!


­­“Academic Training for J-1 Students”

Tuesday, February 11, 4:00 p.m., Kansas Union Pine Room (level 6)

An ISS advisor will explain how Academic Training can provide J-1 students with an opportunity for employment in order to obtain work experience in their field of study.  Covered topics will include purpose, eligibility, and the application process.


“Writing Effective American Style Cover Letters and Resumes”

Wednesday, February 26, 12:00 Noon, Kansas Union Kansas Room (level 6)

--- Feel free to bring your lunch and eat while listening

A well-crafted cover letter and resume are essential to securing an interview for a job in the U.S. Staff from the University Career Center will offer guidance on how to effectively compose these important introductory documents that are required pieces for nearly every employment application.


“F-1 STEM 2-Year Optional Practical Training Extension and H-1b Cap Gap Extensions”

Tuesday, March 3, 3:30 p.m., LEEP2 Room 1415A

ISS advising staff will present an overview of the 24-month OPT extension available to students with degrees in certain Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics fields, as well as the potential for extending F-1 status and OPT work authorization for students having a timely filed petition for H-1b that is either approved or pending with an effective date beyong their OPT expiration date.


 “Job Search Strategies and Tips for Interviewing American Style”

Wednesday, March 4, 12:00 Noon, Burge Union Forum B

--- Feel free to bring your lunch and eat while listening

University Career Center staff will explore resources and strategies that will enable international students to conduct a successful search for a job or internship in the U.S. Part of that process is knowing how to present yourself in the job interview. Exploring what to expect in an American style interview and how that may differ from other countries will therefore be emphasized in this presentation.


“H-1b and Employment-Based Permanent Residence”

Wednesday, March 25, 3:30 p.m., LEEP2 Room 2425

An attorney from Bordeau Immigration Law, LLC, a firm specializing in employment-based immigration legal practice, will explain the eligibility and process for obtaining H-1b employment status and acquiring Permanent Residence (“green card”) through employer sponsorship.


(If you require reasonable accommodation in order to participate in any of these events, please contact the International Support Services office using the contact information shown at left by no later than 3 business days prior to the posted event date.)


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