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International Student & Scholar Services


Int'l Student / Scholar Svcs
Fax: 202-885-3354
Butler Pavilion, Room 410

ISSS office walk-in advising hours: Mondays: 12:00 noon - 5:00 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays: 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Bakar, Senem S
Director, International Student & Scholar Services

Int'l Student / Scholar Svcs
4400 Massachusetts Avenue NW
410 Butler Pavilion
Washington, DC, USA 20016-8041

Employment Programs

View a schedule of this semester's employment programs and register for any of the workshops offered by ISSS.

See descriptions of programs below.


Weekly OPT Workshops

Attending an OPT session is mandatory for any student who would like to apply for either pre- or post-completion optional practical training (OPT). The session explains the immigration rules pertaining to OPT and a student's responsibilities, as well as the application process and forms. OPT sessions take place at least once a week during the year, including summer.

An ISSS advisor provides information regarding the application process including:

  • Eligibility requirements
  • Authorization periods
  • Travel issues
  • Employment reporting requirements
  • Application deadlines, and
  • Transition to work visa issues

If you are beginning the process to apply for OPT, please bring:

  • All of your I-20s
  • Passport (which must be valid at the time of application), and
  • Your I-94

Application forms will be provided at the session and the advisor will assist students in completing the forms.

Employment Session for WCL Students

An International Student advisor from ISSS will hold an employment information session for WCL students. This session will outline eligibility requirements, regulatory restrictions, and the application process of obtaining authorization for various types of employment options under F-1 and J-1 regulations. This session will take place at the Washington College of Law and it will also address the regulations around non-credit unpaid internships, a.k.a. volunteering, and the safety precautions that international students must take when considering such opportunities. This session is mainly provided for current students interested in gaining work or internship experience during or after your studies. Incoming or new students are welcome to attend this session.

Transitioning Beyond AU

H-1B Information Session

Each semester, ISSS brings an immigration attorney to campus to provide a free information session about the H-1B and other work visas. The attorney will also talk about the risks involved with volunteering while you are enrolled in an academic program. If you have questions about the transition from student to work visa, we invite you to attend this information session!

The session will cover the following issues (among others):

  • When can you apply for an H-1B visa?
  • What does your employer do in the process?
  • How do you transition from student to work visa?
  • How long can you work in the US on an H-1B visa?
  • How do you move to permanent residence from H-1B visa?
H-1B Sponsoring Employer web site

For information on employers who sponsor international students for H-1B visas or to access the H-1B sponsors list , please log-in to the AU Career Web and explore the GoinGlobal database. If you don't know your username or password, please contact the AU Career Center at 202-885-1804.

Alumni Panel and Networking Reception

Each semester ISSS invites international alumni who recently graduated and who are currently working in their field of study in the DC/MD/VA area to come to campus and speak to current students about their job search experiences and success stories. If you are graduating this year and will be looking for work after graduation, do not miss this opportunity to meet these successful graduates.

The views expressed in the above H-1B Session PowerPoint Presentation are those of the author.  American University makes no claim to accuracy nor do we endorse the organization. This information is being shared for educational purposes only and does not constitute legal advice on the part of the University.