OIAnnounce ::: December 2012

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:

Important Winter Break Announcements

News and updates from the Office of International Affairs, including new features on our website.

Upcoming Career Events

See upcoming international student career and development events.

Winter Fun

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.

Featured Job Opportunities

Take a look at current on campus job openings across the university.

Travel and Break Announcements

Before you leave the country, check your I-20 or DS-2019 program end date and make sure you have a valid travel signature!

Program Extensions

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
With prior authorization from OIA, Students in their last quarter of study may drop below full time enrollment but must be take at least one course.  You cannot drop below full time enrollment until the RCL is indicated on your I-20 or DS-2019.  Please see our information on Maintaining a Full Time Course Load for application instructions.

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
In observation of the upcoming holidays, OIA will be closed on Tue, Dec 25 and Tue, Jan 1.  OIA will also close at 2 PM on Mon, Dec 24 and Mon, Jan 31. An announcement will be sent out closer to the date with details on the closure and what to do in the case of urgent issues. 

If you have questions about these updates,  contact your International Student Adviser at OIA.

Career Events & Job Opportunities

Upcoming Career Events:

The Visa Challenge
Thu, Jan 31: 6 PM, Ida Noyes Cloister Club

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
Preconference Workshops:9:30am – 11:30am 

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. 

Winter Fun

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
Sun, Dec 9, leaving Reynolds Club at 4:45pm

Tickets Required.

Come downtown with OIA to enjoy a Chicago winter-time tradition—the Lincoln Park Zoo Lights! Each winter, Lincoln Park decorates the zoo with millions of colored lights and seasonal displays. There will be some tickets available for purchase at the Winter Reception on Sunday.  For more information click here.

OIA Winter Reception
Sun, Dec 9, 3:30 pm

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.

- Bask in a tropical climate and beautiful landscapes in the Garfield Park Conservatory or Lincoln Park Conservatory—both are free and easy to get to by public transportation.

Check out our events calendar for all upcoming social events and workshops

Featured On Campus Job Opportunities

As an F-1 or J-1 student, you are already authorized for on campus employment.


The Linguistics department is looking for native speakers of under-studied languages, particularly languages in the Philippines, Southeast Asia (Khmer, Laotian, etc), India, Africa, and the Caucasus (Chechen, Ingush, and languages in Daghestan), as linguistic consultants for a field method class in the Winter and Spring quarters. We're looking for someone who is willing to work with linguistics students for 10~12 hours/wk ($12/hr). Please contact Alan Yu at aclyu@uchicago.edu for more details.

BSD/Neurobiology, Physiology and Pharmacology

BSD is looking for someone to assist in the care of transgenic zebrafish for four hours per week on weekends. See the posting and contact information.

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.