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ISSS produces a variety of webinars, workshops, and videos on immigration- and integration-related topics. This page will be updated regularly as new videos become available. Please note that some of the information contained in webinar and workshop recordings may have changed by the time you view them.
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Integration, Wellness, and Adaptation to Penn
Forerunner Global was hosted live from July 26-30, 2021 and was designed to prepare newly accepted Penn international students and their parents for life as members of the Penn family. For more information about Forerunner Global and the panelists featured in each of the videos, please visit the Forerunner website.
Introduction to Forerunner and Welcome to the University of Pennsylvania
Recorded July 26, 2021
Welcome to Penn! In this video, high-ranking University of Pennsylvania administrators will welcome you to the Penn family and give you a preview of the many resources available to you as a Penn international student.
Navigating the Penn Experience
Recorded July 27, 2021
In this session, current University of Pennsylvania international students act out some of the scenarios you may encounter at Penn. Administrators in the areas of safety, wellness, academic resources and immigration give their advice and perspectives on how to navigate these challenges.
Penn International Alumni Panel
Recorded July 29, 2021
During this session, a diverse set of alumni from across the globe share their perspectives on the Penn experience and give you invaluable advice on how to make the most of your time at the University.
Global Parent Information Session
Recorded July 30, 2021
During this parent information session, you will learn about what Penn is doing to keep students healthy, safe, and thriving at Penn during Fall 2021. Areas represented include public safety, housing, academic affairs, wellness, student financial services, and university life.
The University of Pennsylvania is home to a vibrant global community with over 130 countries represented. Penn prides itself on the innumerable achievements and contributions of our international students, scholars, faculty and staff that make "The Red & Blue" a song for all.
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Immigration, Employment, and Taxes
Sprintax is a tax preparation software designed for international students, scholars, their dependents and alumni. The information session provides an overview of tax filing for nonresidents. Recorded 22 March 2019.
This webinar discuss the U.S. Government's stimulus payments in response to the COVID-19 outbreak and how they concern international students and scholars. It also covers the process for filing an amended tax return. Recorded 19 April 2020.
Overview of Hiring H-1B Employees
Posted November 14, 2023
This workshop is designed to provide an overview of the H-1B Specialty Occupation Worker status and internal procedures.
Understanding Your Off-Campus Lease Webinar
Posted October 31, 2023
Join ISSS and Penn Off-Campus Services for a webinar that will cover important and common questions that international students may have when renting and off campus apartment in Philadelphia. The session will focus on understanding your lease terms and responsibilities, common issues concerning roommates and leases, and how Penn resources can help you every step of the way.
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iPenn Beginner Training for Department Contacts
Posted October 25, 2023
This webinar provides practical solutions for navigating and using iPenn, our online system for immigration matters and hiring foreign nationals at Penn. ISSS staff will provide guidance, tips, and tricks on navigating iPenn, avoiding common iPenn and application errors, and other routine tasks.
F-1 Curricular Practical Training
Posted October 18, 2023
Curricular Practical Training (CPT) is intended to provide work experience in the U.S. where the work is an integral part of your academic program, prior to completion of that program. This webinar will open with an overview of the CPT application process, eligibility, and timeline, followed by a Q&A with members of the ISSS advising team.
Optional Practical Training (OPT) for F-1 Students
Posted October 10, 2023
OPT is F-1 work permission that can be used before or after graduation. This webinar will introduce you to the basics of OPT, including application timelines, eligibility, types of employment on OPT, and more.
This webinar provides an overview of things to keep in mind while preparing for international travel to or from the United States and reminders for the Spring 2021 semester.
During this session, we provided some basic tips for visa interview success and responded to some of the frequently asked questions on this topic. Recorded 5 August 2020.
This webinar featured Jane Goldblum (Goldblum & Pollins Law Firm) and H. Ronald Klasko (Klasko Immigration Partners, LLP), who discussed timely issues related to current and future immigration policies. Recorded 29 June 2020.
Optional Practical Training (OPT) is intended to provide hands-on practical work experience in the U.S., complementary to the academic program. This webinar provides an overview of OPT work authorization, as well as some of the special considerations and the timeline for Spring 2021. Webinar recorded September 2021.
This webinar provides an overview of on-campus employment options for F-1 and J-1 international students and clarifies what is and what is not considered "on campus." It also covers the Social Security Number (SSN) application process and addresses some considerations related to the COVID-19 outbreak. Webinar recorded September 2021.
Curricular Practical Training (CPT) is an "alternate work/study, internship, cooperative education, or any other type of required internship or practicum which is offered by sponsoring employers through cooperative agreements with the school." This webinar provides an overview of CPT. Recorded 20 October 2020.
Learn how to fill out Form I-765, the Application for Employment Authorization, which you'll need to to request employment authorization and an Employment Authorization Document (EAD). Originally uploaded 16 November 2018.
Learn how to fill out Form I-983, one of the most important documents for STEM OPT students. Originally uploaded 16 August 2017.