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Department Trainings

To support, update, and train the various academic departments at Rice on immigration processes that impact international student and scholars, OISS regularly organizes department trainings, workshops, and roundtable discussions. All our events, for departments, students, and scholars can be seen on our Events Calendar.

Please find a list of standard sessions below:

Annual Department Training 

Held every year to provide important updates regarding changes to immigration laws, processes, compliance requirements, etc.

Thursday, January 25, 2018
4:00 - 5:15 p.m., Herring Hall 100
OISS will offer an extensive training to academic departments on the process of bringing international students and visitors to Rice. We will provide information on J-1 Exchange Visitors, F-1 Students, One-Time Lecturers, and H-1Bs for Postdocs. No RSVP necessary.

J-1 Visitor trainings

OISS will be offering a series of monthly training sessions on working with J-1 scholars. Whether you are a pro or new to the process, we encourage you to come. We will be discussing different topics, and answering any questions you may have.  

All J-1 Visitor trainings will take place in OISS - Lovett Hall, Entrance A, 2nd floor.

J-1 Scholar Training
Typically the third Wednesday of every month, 10:30 - 11:30 a.m.
Please RSVP by email to mec3@rice.edu

Dates for trainings in 2018:
February 21, 2018
March 21, 2018
April 18, 2018
May 9, 2018
June 20, 2018
July 18, 2018
August 15, 2018
September 19, 2018
October 17, 2018
November 21, 2018
December 19, 2018
Please note that all trainings are also listed on the OISS Events Calendar.

Roundtable trainings

Roundtable Trainings are typically held every February to train new Department Coordinators and Administrators regarding processes for inviting international students and scholars to Rice on specific visa types or categories, while also offering the seasoned Department Coordinators/Administrators the opportunity to bring their questions, issues, and unique cases for discussion.

All roundtable trainings will take place in OISS - Lovett Hall, Entrance A, 2nd floor.

F-1 Roundtables
These roundtables will focus on the process for international students on F-1 visas. 

  • Monday, February 5, 2018, 3:00 - 4:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, February 7, 2018, 10:00 - 11:00 a.m. 

H-1B Roundtables
These roundtables will focus on the process for international scholars on H-1B visas. 

  • Tuesday, February 6, 2018, 10:00 - 11:00 a.m.
  • Thursday, February 8, 2018, 2:30 - 3:30 p.m. 

One-Time Visitor Roundtable
This roundtable will focus on the process for one-time visitors (e.g. lecturers) receiving an honorarium. 

  • Wednesday, February 7, 2018, 3:00 - 4:00 p.m. 



OISS also offers semesterly immigration workshops for international students and scholars interested in the H-1B visa and Permanent Residency, as well as a spring workshop on filing U.S. Taxes.  Department Coordinators are welcome to attend these sessions if they wish, but are encouraged to remind their international students and scholars who may benefit from the information to attend.