Attend a webinar on Tuesday about your post-completion options!
Attend a webinar on Tuesday about your post-completion options!
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Friday, April 10 | Spring Semester 2020

Join ISSS on Tuesday, April 14 at 8:30 AM EDT via WebEx to discuss your plans for the future, including:
  • Grace Period & Departing the U.S
  • Updating Your I-20 for a New Graduate Program
  • Transferring to another University
  • Applying for OPT
  • Searching for Jobs

Please bring any questions you have about these topics to this session.

As always, general questions can be sent to and for more complex issues schedule an appointment with an ISSS advisor.
Programs and Events
Spring Semester 2020 Important Dates to Know: 

April 17: Last day to withdraw from a course 

May 8: Deadline for requesting credit/no credit
The credit/no-credit grading policy has changed for the Spring 2020 term. Students will have the option to select credit/no-credit grading for certain courses (check BannerWeb to see if this option is available for specific courses). 
Remember that you have ample time to exercise this option, so please consider it carefully and seek out your Academic Advisor or ISSS advising as needed.

May 15: Last Day of Spring Semester
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OPT & Days of Unemployment

Once your OPT card arrives, you should review the start and end date listed on it. These are your official dates of OPT work authorization. You are permitted to accrue up to 90 days of unemployment during your authorized OPT period. ISSS recommends that you try your best not to get close to accruing 90 days of unemployment. After you have accrued 90 days of unemployment on OPT, you are no longer maintaining your F-1 legal status and should depart the U.S. as soon as possible.

Sometimes, students have difficulty finding employment or their planned start date with a company is delayed. Here are some tips to help you prevent accrual of unemployment days:
  • Volunteer and unpaid work, for 12-month OPT, is acceptable as long as you are still working at least 20 hours per week and doing work directly related to your major field of study. 
  • Reach out to a nonprofit organization that relates to your major field of study to see if they have volunteer or internship work you can do.
  • Talk with professors and staff in your academic department to see if they are aware of any opportunities. 
  • See below for how to connect with the Center for Career Exploration & Success to discuss job opportunities.
Virtual Career Guidance with Shayna Smith. Resume Critique, handshake help, choosing a major, career exploration, internship search, interview prep, cover letter, graduate school. Monday 2 to 4 pm. Thursday 11 to 1 pm. How to Schedule a virtual appointment: Log into handshake, select career center (top right). Select appointments, schedule new appointment. Choose type of appointment. Select
Also, if you have a non-paying internship for Summer 2020, the Career Center is accepting applications for Summer Internship Awards, ranging from  $2000-$3000. Apply before April 27, 2020. For any questions, please contact Jennifer McLaughlin at
What other career development opportunities are you interested in?
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Congratulations to Vedha Nayak and Inés Muñoz de Cote Solano López for receiving 2020 President's Distinguished Service Awards!
DAB creates an opportunity for students to influence positive change on campus, celebrate student accomplishments, and help the Office of the Dean of Students set priorities and create initiatives. The board is expected to meet bi-weekly on Fridays throughout the 2020-21 academic year.
Please let ISSS know where you are! If your plans change, update the ISSS form and your local (off-campus) address in BannerWeb. 
Where am I?
If you are living off-campus, please remember to make sure you are counted in the 2020 Census. More information can be found at: Miami University Census 2020 page or the City of Oxford Census page.
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