Lake Chicago from the Bottom- Photo by Al Peters
OIAannouce is a monthly publication that provides important immigration updates and timely information on events, employment, and items of interest for international students. In this month’s issue:
News and updates from the Office of International Affairs, including new features on our website.
See upcoming international student career and development events.
Tired of sitting inside? Looking for something to do during winter break? Check out our suggestions for making the most out of winter in Chicago.
Take a look at current on campus job openings across the university.
Before you leave the country, check your I-20 or DS-2019 program end date and make sure you have a valid travel signature!
Remember that your document cannot be extended after your program end date has passed. If you need to extend your program past the date listed on your I-20 or DS-2019, time, you must request a program extension from the Office of International Affairs *and* receive a new document before your current one expires.
Required Travel Documents & Travel Signatures
To re-enter the country, you will need a valid travel signature on your current I-20 or DS-2019. Signatures are valid for one year and are available at the OIA front desk on a walk-in basis. Visit our website to review all of the required travel documents.
Reduced Course Load for Winter Quarter
Shortening your I-20 or DS-2019
If you will finish your program before the end date listed on your I-20 or DS-2019, please notify your International Student Adviser.
OIA Holiday Office Closure
If you have questions about these updates, contact your International Student Adviser at OIA.
Upcoming Career Events:
The Visa Challenge
This annual event allows current students to interact with recent UChicago international alumni who are working in the U.S. on OPT, AT, and H-1B. In small groups, alums will answer questions about interviewing, visa issues, as well as when and how they brought up their immigration status with their employers. Immigration attorney Bob White will give a presentation about working in the U.S., immigration issues, and permanent residency.
Fri, Jan 25: 9:30am – 7:00pm
Registration Fee: $8 before Jan 3, $12 after Jan 3
UChicago’s annual Career and Professionalization Conference for all graduate students is here again! This year the conference will include discussions ranging from Post Docs and Startups to Non-Profits and Publishing. Additionally it will include topics on Interviewing and Negotiating. Graduate students from all divisions who are interested in careers both inside and outside academia should attend. Keynote Speaker: Darren Reisberg, Exec. Dir. Institute Of Politics. Register for GradUCon
Check out our events calendar for all upcoming career and job events.
Beat the seasonal blues with these fun activities
It’s cold. It’s dark. It’s not very pretty out there. Here are some winter favorites around campus and Chicago to get you out and enjoying the cold:
OIA Trip to Lincoln Park Zoo Lights
OIA Winter Reception
Enjoy complimentary desserts and warm beverages as we meet up and prepare for our trip to the zoo lights! Fun crafts and projects for kids will be available. If you are attending the zoo lights trip you will need to attend the reception to pick up your bus wristband.
Things to do & Places to Visit
-Ice skating on the campus Midway rink or Millennium Park. In January, you can even ice-skate at the top of the Hancock building.
-Visit the annual Christkindlmarket at the Daley Plaza in downtown Chicago.
-Go cross-country skiing (when it is snowy!) at Northerly Island (near the planetarium) or other places around the city
- Visit Chicago’s world famous museums; they almost all have a special Christmas or winter exhibit.
- Many people in the surrounding regions make an annual trip to Chicago for shopping along State Street or the Magnificent Mile.
Check out our events calendar for all upcoming social events and workshops
As an F-1 or J-1 student, you are already authorized for on campus employment.
BSD/Neurobiology, Physiology and Pharmacology
Smart Museum Development Intern
The ideal candidate will be an undergraduate with experience or interest in nonprofits or in related areas such as marketing, communications, public relations, or event planning; be able to communicate effectively and professionally in writing, over the phone, and in person; demonstrate attention to detail, particularly in proofreading and research, and demonstrate strong organization/analyzing skills. They should have a solid understanding of Microsoft Office and Excel, with an ability to manage document templates and mail merges; be flexible, personable, and enthusiastic, and enjoy working both collaboratively and independently. They will need to show absolute discretion in working with confidential information. See posting and application information.
See all available jobs on the UChicago Student Employment Website (log-in may be required). International Students are not eligible for positions listed as ‘Work Study’.
These listings are provided as a courtesy. OIA is not responsible for validity of information or availability of job posting. Visit the OIA Employment Resources for International Students for tips on U.S-ready resumes and international student Dos and Don’ts.