The OPT fee will increase on Oct. 2. December graduates should apply now!
The OPT fee will increase on Oct. 2. December graduates should apply now!
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Friday, September 18, 2020 | Fall Semester 2020

Welcome back to all those returning to campus and Oxford this week and resuming in-person courses! Make sure you are following Healthy Together Plan guidelines and communicating with your professors on attendance expectations. 

Reminder that to maintain your SEVIS record, you will need to be fully enrolled throughout the semester. If you need to withdraw from a course, please be sure that you are still enrolled in at least 12 credits (undergraduate) or 9 credits (graduate) throughout the semester to maintain your legal status. As always, meet with an ISSS advisor before making any decisions that may impact your legal status. 

The deadline has passed for Miami international students to confirm their Fall 2020 study plans. ISSS is now in the process of compiling the enrollment numbers for our international population and will release the demographic snapshot in an upcoming InternationaList newsletter. 
September 20 and 21:  AUCA Career Fair with employers in China - The fairs are open to current students, fresh graduates, and young alumni with different academic backgrounds. To help employer representatives better know about them, students need to register on Brazen and complete their profile before the event. 
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Monday, September 21 at 3:00pm to 3:30pm: Building Resiliency - This workshop will cover what resilience is and how it can help you, as well as present a brief exercise for helping you to improve your own resilience skills. Have pen and paper available to make the most out of this workshop!
Monday, September 21 at 4:00pm: Semester Abroad Programs - Find your place! Come learn about opportunities to study away, abroad or virtually. 
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  • Wednesday, September 23 from 4:00pm to 5:00pm 
  • Thursday, September 24 from 10:00am to 11:00am
The new Miami Global Readiness Certificate (GRC) is launching a cohort exclusively with students in the College of Arts & Science in the Spring of 2021. The GRC is designed for students of all majors who want to position themselves strategically for employment in today's increasingly competitive, diverse, and global workforce.
Immigration Tip
OPT season has begun for December graduates! 
As of September 9, students graduating in December 2020 are eligible to start submitting their OPT applications to USCIS. 
Please note that the OPT application fee is increasing from $410 to $550 on October 2 - just two weeks from now. It typically takes at least a week to prepare your application and get it sent out once you begin the process. If you are hoping to avoid the fee increase, start your application now! For instructions, please read through the OPT information on the ISSS website (see the “OPT Application Process” section).
Note that it usually takes at least 3 months for OPT applications to be processed by USCIS.  If you still have questions about the OPT application process after reading through the OPT website, please email or schedule an appointment with an ISSS advisor.

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ISSS is looking for student volunteers for the Trick or Tea: Tea Tasting being held on October 30. During this all-day event, students and Miami community members will be able to get a cup of tea "to go" at the entrance of the International Student Center. If you are interested in preparing one of these teas and sharing your tea culture with the Miami community, please sign up below. 
Volunteer for Tea Tasting on Oct. 30
International Student Center: for student and community developemtn and intercultural engagement
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