Webinars and Recordings


Listed below are both upcoming webinars and past webinar recordings.

  • CPT and OPT webinars
  • STEM OPT Extension webinars
  • COVID-19 Updates webinars
  • SEVP Gudance and FAQ webinars
  • Career Fair Toolkit webinar (by Career Center)
  • Tax webinar
  • Immigration Attorney webinars
  • DHS Proposed Regulations webinar (Oct 19)
  • Academic Integrity Toolkit Webinar (by Aggie Honor System Office)
  • Terra Dotta Webinars
  • Ask ISS webinars

For a list of upcoming webinars and how to register, please view our ISS Calander of Events.

Most of our webinars are recorded and the links to the past webinar recordings are available in the following drop-down menu. 

Curricular Practical Training Webinars


For frequently asked questions and answers related to CPT, please visit the following webpages:


F-1 international students interested in participating in an internship or co-op are highly encouraged to attend a CPT workshop. However, due to the current COVID-19 situation, we are setting up webinars for anyone who didn't participate in an in-person CPT workshop. 

Curricular Practical Training (CPT) is off-campus work authorization for employment (whether it is paid or unpaid), such as an internship or co-op, for F-1 international students to receive further training. Come and learn how to obtain CPT authorization from ISS and what you will need to do to remain in status while you are authorized for CPT. This workshop/webinar will discuss the requirements, how to request authorization, and other information related to CPT.

Past CPT Webinar Recordings
The following was the latest CPT webinar was on October 8th.
You can view the CPT webinar recording at tx.ag/CPTWebinarRecording1008

The following CPT webinars included the full CPT presentations and Q&A.
You can view the CPT webinar recording from September 15, 2020 at tx.ag/CPTWebinarRecording0915

You can view the CPT webinar recording from April 23rd, 2020 at tx.ag/CPTWebinarRecording0424​

CPT FAQ Webinar Recording
The following CPT FAQ Webinar was hosted as just a Q&A to answer pre-submitted frequently asked questions pertaining to CPT. It does not include the CPT presentation.
You can view the CPT FAQ webinar recording at tx.ag/CPTFAQWebinarRecording.

For upcoming CPT Webinars, please view the Calender of Events
or the following CPT webpage.
 

Optional Practical Training Webinars

For frequently asked questions and answers related to OPT, please visit the following webpages: F-1 students interested in having practical work experience in the U.S. after completing their academic program are encouraged to attend an OPT workshop or webinar.

Optional Practical Training (OPT) is temporary employment available to F-1 students. The employment must be related to the student's field of study and commensurate with the student's education level. F-1 students may be eligible for up to 12 months of OPT per degree level. Attend the OPT workshop or webinar to learn more about how to request this F-1 work authorization and how it can be utilized after graduation.

Recent OPT Webinar Recording on Oct 15 2020
The following OPT webinar recording inludes the OPT presentation and Q&A after the webinar.
You can view the OPT presentation at tx.ag/OPTWebinarRecording101520

​Past OPT Webinar Recording on Sept 24, 2020
The following OPT webinar recordings inlude the full OPT presentation and Q&A after the webinar.
You can view just the OPT presentation at tx.ag/OPTWebinarRecording092420​
You can view just the OPT Q&A at tx.ag/OPTWebinarQARecording092420​

Past OPT Webinar Recording from Aprl 2020
The following OPT webinar inluded the full OPT presentation. 
You can view the OPT webinar recording at tx.ag/OPTWebinarRecording
Here is the link to the OPT handout

OPT FAQ Webinar 
The following OPT FAQ Webinar was hosted as just a Q&A to answer pre-submitted frequently asked questions pertaining to OPT. It does not include the OPT presentation.
You can view the OPT FAQ webinar recording at tx.ag/OPTFAQWebinarRecording

For upcoming OPT Webinars, please view the Calender of Events
or the following OPT webpage.
 

STEM OPT Extension Webinars

For frequently asked questions and answers related to STEM OPT, please visit the following webpages:
STEM OPT Extension Webinars (Webinar with the presentation)
These webinars included a presentaion on STEM OPT Extension basics and eligibility, application process, how to maintain status, STEM employment reporting requirements, and actions that may affect STEM OPT. 

The most recent STEM OPT Extension Webinar presented on Thursday, November 19th can be viewed at tx.ag/STEMOPTRecording111920
The previoius STEM OPT FAQ webinar recording presented in June 2020 can be viewed at tx.ag/STEMOPTWebinarRecording

STEM OPT Extension Webinars (FAQ webinar without the presentation)
The following webinar did not include a presentation and just focused on FAQ. It was presented in May 2020.
The STEM OPT FAQ webinar recording can be viewed at tx.ag/STEMOPTFAQWebinarRecording

If you have any further questions about STEM OPT or OPT, please email iss@tamu.edu
For upcoming ISS events, please view the Calender of Events
 

COVID-19 FAQ and Updates Webinars

Texas A&M University is committed to keep our community safe, healthy, and updated.
As the 2020 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) situation has and may continue to evolve, Texas A&M University and ISS  has and will continue to closely monitor, take the appropriate actions, and inform TAMU international students.

International Student Services offered several COVID-19 FAQ webinars and recordings to help answer questions regarding the COVID-19 situation and its impact on international students for the fall semester of 2020.

COVID-19 FAQ Webinar Recordings
Webinar recording from April 30 webinar
You can access the April 30 webinar recording at tx.ag/ISSCOVIDFAQWebinarRecording

Webinar recording from June 25 webinar
You can access the June 25 webinar recording at tx.ag/COVIDFAQRecording062520

Please check the following ISS page for FAQ, important information, and resources related to the COVID-19 situation. iss.tamu.edu/Current-Students/Traveling-and-Coronavirus

We strongly encourage you regularly monitor official Texas A&M University communications via email and the web at www.tamu.edu/coronavirus/ as well as our website for important updated information. 

For upcoming ISS events, please view the Calender of Events
 

SEVP Guidance Webinars

On Friday, July 24th, the Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) issued guidance for the fall 2020 semester. The updated guidance can be found at the following links:   

Additionally, the Department of State published guidance and an FAQ regarding SEVP Online Course Guidance for F and M Students for Fall 2020 which can be found at https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/News/visas-news/sevp-online-course-guidance-for-f-and-m-students-for-fall-2020.html 

Students and scholars with J-1 status can find Information on Coronavirus (COVID-19) from the Department of Status Exchange Visitor Program at https://j1visa.state.gov/covid-19/  

The documents above address several issues related to Fall 2020 and F-1 and J-1 students.   

International Student Services will continue to update the ISS COVID-19 FAQ found at http://iss.tamu.edu/Current-Students/Traveling-and-Coronavirus

ISS hosted a Q&A webinar on Thursday, July 16 after the initial SEVP Guidance on July 6.
We used the information provided from a Qualtrics survey to address questions and concerns by TAMU international students regarding the SEVP Guidance.
You can view the recording of the webinar at http://tx.ag/SEVPWebinarRecording

Fall 2020 Updates for NEW STUDENTS Webinar Recording on August 4th
This webinar provided an update for New Students to the latest COVID-19 and SEVP guidance for the Fall 2020 semester.
Please click on the following link to access the webinar recording http://tx.ag/ISSUpdatesAug4Recording

Fall 2020 Updates for CURRENT STUDENTS Webinar Recording on August 6th
This webinar provided an update for Current Stduents to the latest COVID-19 and SEVP guidance for the Fall 2020 semester. 
Please click on the following link to access the webinar recording http://tx.ag/ISSUpdatesAug6Recording

For upcoming ISS events, please view the Calender of Events
 

Spring 2020 Tax Webinar and Recording

ISS hosted a Tax Information Webinar on international student taxes and COVID-19. 

Highlights of the webinar:
  • What has changed with international student taxes due to COVID-19?
  • What has not changed?
  • What about the CARES Act?
  • What should I do now?
This event did NOT include using the software nor direct tax filing assistance.

Visit the main ISS Tax Information webpage for more information: iss.tamu.edu/Current-Students/Taxes

This webinar was a Zoom meeting led by a representative from ISS.


If you would like to view the recording of the Tax Webinar, you can access the it at the following link. 
tx.ag/TaxWebinarRecording

For more Tax Information, please visit this page iss.tamu.edu/Resources/Tax-Information

PLEASE NOTE: International Student Services Advisors and Staff are NOT Tax Professionals or Certified Public Accountants. ANY ADVICE IN THIS COMMUNICATION IS INTENDED FOR INFORMATION PURPOSES ONLY.

For upcoming ISS events, please view the Calender of Events
 

Career Fair Toolkit Webinar Recording

The TAMU Career Center presented a webinar August 27 on "tools" (resources) available for international students to prepare for the TAMU Career Fair on September 2-3.

This webinar covered resumes, Virtual Career Fair prep, and some additional online "tools" available to you as international students. It also included a Q&A.

The webinar recording can be viewed at http://tx.ag/CareerFairToolkitWebinarRecording

Other resources are available on the Career Center website https://careercenter.tamu.edu/
 

Immigration Attorney Webinars

Past Webinar Recordings

Finding Your Way Through Immigration Law David Swaim
Webinar presented by David Swaim on November 10th 

Links to: 


Navigating the Employment Immigration Landscape Jason Finkelman
Webinar presented by Jason Finkelman on October 22nd 

Links to: 


Finding the Right Path Kathleen Gasparian
Webinar presented by Kathleen Gasparian on October 1st

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Upcoming Webinars

Please view the Calender of Events
 

DHS Proposed Regulations Webinar

The Department of Homeland Security announced proposed F-1 and J-1 regulations. The proposed regulations are proposing the elimination of duration of stay and replacing it with 4 year or 2 year admission periods.  

These webinar was a briefing about the Department of Homeland Security proposed regulations. However, these are just "proposed". We don't know if or when this may be in effect. ISS will keep you informed about the status of the proplosed regulations.

This webinar briefing was on Monday, October 19.

Webinar Recording
You can view the recording of the webinar at http://tx.ag/DHSRecording101920

Presentation Powerpoint Slides
You can view the presentation powerpoint slides at https://iss.tamu.edu/ISS/media/ISS-Files/ISS-PDF/Events/Webinars/ISS-DHS-Webinar-101920.pdf 

For upcoming ISS events, please view the Calender of Events
 

Academic Integrity Toolkit Webinar

"AN AGGIE DOES NOT LIE, CHEAT OR STEAL, OR TOLERATE THOSE WHO DO"

Aggie Honor System Office serves as a centralized organization established to educate Texas A&M University students, faculty, and staff about the Aggie Code of Honor, respond to potential academic misconduct by Texas A&M students, and facilitate remediation efforts for students found responsible for violations of the Aggie Code of Honor​. https://aggiehonor.tamu.edu/

Academic Integrity Toolkit Webinar Recording
This webinar was presented on October 22 by the Aggie Honor System Office and discussed all the definitions of academic dishonesty.  
You can view this webinar recording at tx.ag/AcademicIntegrityToolkitRecording

For upcoming ISS events, please view the Calender of Events
 

Terra Dotta Webinars

ISS Technology Coordinator, Martin Rosales, presented two webinars on the Terra Dotta system. 

Both webinars explored what has changed with the Terra Dotta system.
  • The first webinar for students covered tips and tricks on finding information on your record, how to get that information updated, and other questions related to Terra Dotta.
  • The second webinr for faculty and staff covered viewing info from the student side, recommendations for staff to assist students with requests, and other qusetions related to Terra Dotta.
Both webinars followed with a Q&A after the presentations.

Terra Dotta Webinar Recordings
You can view the following TDS webinar recordings
For more information on Terra Dotta, please view the following link HERE

For upcoming ISS events, please view the Calender of Events
 

Ask ISS Webinars

Ask ISS is a program for TAMU faculty, staff, and advisors who work with international students to learn more about the ISS services and processing provided for international students. Therefore, these sessions are intended for TAMU employees rather than students. Please contact us at issprograms@tamu.edu for how to access future Ask ISS webinars. 

Please click on the following months to view the past Ask ISS webinar recordings for the associated month. For upcoming ISS events, please view the Calender of Events