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International Collaborations
The Center for International Studies and Programs supports the development of international agreements. To learn more about the process and review the agreement templates please Click Here

* Nanchong China - Toledo United States Art Exhibition (College of Arts and Letters)
  • Students and professors from the College of Arts and Letters participated in the exhibition hosted by Toledo’s sister city Nanchong in China. Several works of art were selected to be displayed on-site.
* The UToledo-Salford Exchange Program MOA renewed (College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics)
  • This program provides Biological Sciences, Biochemistry, Environmental Sciences and Physics majors with the opportunity to gain a unique educational and cultural experience by studying in England for one year of their degree program. More than 250 UToledo students have attended since 1984.
     
* New student exchange MOA signed with École Nationale d’Ingénieurs de Brest (ENIB) in France (College of Engineering)


* AVA-ALI Collaboration (Center for International Studies and Programs)
  • The AVA-ALI Linkage program builds a pathway for international students to earn an American high school diploma and required language proficiency for bachelor’s degree programs offered by American universities and colleges.
     
* Wuxi Institute of Technology Virtual Training Program (Center for International Studies and Programs)
  • Over 100 students in China participated in this 2-week online American Language and Culture training provided by the UToledo American Language Institute.
For more international collaboration opportunities please contact sara.clark2@utoledo.edu.
 

Announcements

The Biden-Harris administration has recently facilitated the addition of 22 majors to the Science Technology Engineering and Math (STEM) degree list for F-1 students. This is one of several steps aimed at attracting and retaining international STEM talent in the United States. The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) added majors ranging from Climate Science and Data Analytics to Bioenergy and Forestry. A full list of eligible STEM degree Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) codes can be found at the following link. Along with DHS expanding the STEM degree list, the America Competes Act of 2022 in addition to several provisions, outlines that the number of immigrant visas available to doctoral degree graduates in a STEM field may no longer be limited to a specific quantity. 
For additional information regarding recent immigration developments, please go to the following links:
 
The White House: Actions to Attract STEM Talent Fact Sheet
FACT SHEET: Biden-Harris Administration Actions to Attract STEM Talent and Strengthen our Economy and Competitiveness | The White House

DHS: Expansion of STEM OPT
https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2022-01-21/pdf/2022-01188.pdf

State Department: Expansion of Academic Training for J-1 STEM graduates
Opportunity for Academic Training Extensions for J-1 College and University Students in STEM Fields - BridgeUSABridgeUSA (state.gov)
 
For student and scholar immigration questions please contact Tracey.Hidalgo@utoledo.edu.
 
Immigration Relief for Citizens of Ukraine. Over the past week, the United States government has outlined several immigration measures aimed at assisting citizens of Ukraine who are currently in the United States. One of the benefits being granted to Ukrainian citizens (regardless of status with some exceptions) who were continuously physically present in the U.S. from March 1, 2022, is Temporary Protected Status (TPS). TPS, which is a temporary benefit that does not lead to permanent residency, allows the citizens from the designated country to obtain employment authorization, prevents them from being removed from the U.S. and may grant the individual travel authorization. US Citizenship and Immigration Services has offered several other services such as expedited adjudication of USCIS requests, fee waivers for certain Immigration processes, and expedited replacement of lost or stolen documents; a full list of provisions can be explored by clicking on the Special Situations link. 
International (F-1 or J-1) students who are from Ukraine can contact the OISSS office at 419-530-4229 or oisss@utoledo.edu to discuss options for using the above outlined benefits. If you are currently in another status, you may contact an immigration attorney.
Employment Based Immigration Services
CISP houses the office that processes nonimmigrant visas and employer sponsored permanent residency for international employees. For UToledo department representatives and supervisors who want to hire a foreign national under H-1B, TN, or O-1 immigration status, please see our Employment Based Immigration Services website for steps in the hiring procedure.
 
Our Employment Based Immigration website has been updated to provide UToledo sponsoring departments and international employees easier access to necessary information for the nonimmigrant visa process, employer sponsored permanent residency process, J-1 waivers, and more. We also have an updated Employment Based Immigration Handbook that is available online. This document will provide valuable insight to sponsoring departments and employees.
 
Our office has been providing presentations regarding the H-1B and permanent residency process to interested parties such as department chairs and business managers. Please contact Maryam Sediqe to schedule a presentation for interested parties who want to learn about processes relevant to employment-based immigration, such as UToledo’s internal processes and U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services and Department of Labor regulations and processing.
 
An open informational session on understanding the H-1B and Permanent Residency processes is scheduled on 4/13/2022, 12:00 – 1:15 pm. This session will be beneficial to sponsoring departments and international employees. Click here to register.

For employment-based immigration questions please contact maryam.sediqe@utoledo.edu.

CISP News, Events and Programs

Spring 2022 International Welcome Week

CISP collaborated with over 30 UToledo offices and hosted 12 online and 9 in-person sessions to introduce services to over 100 new international students.

Chinese New Year Celebration
Confucius Institute organized the Chinese Spring Festival Carnival and attracted over 700 participants, including 200+ high school students from the Toledo area.

UT Explorers Ski Trip
CISP hosted 42 students on a ski trip to Mt. Brighton. The UT Explorers Program enhances the linguistic and cultural competencies of campus learners and scholars while promoting a culture of lifelong learning by providing opportunities for collaboration and engagement with The University of Toledo campuses and Toledo communities.

UT Explorers NBA Trip
CISP partnered with BGSU and hosted a group of 104 international students at the Detroit Pistons vs L.A. Clippers NBA game!

OISSS CPT/OPT /H1-B Workshop

More than 110 international students attended the workshop to learn about employment options available to students with an F-1 visa. This seminar is presented during the Spring and Fall Semesters. The information provided during this workshop has proven to be an especially useful tool for our international students. Click here to watch the session recording.
Upcoming events
Chinese culture lecture: Chinese Zodiac – 3/24/2022 | 6:00pm-7:00pm | Online
Join us in this session to learn about the Chinese Zodiac and the stories and myths behind it!
Register Here.

I-Dinner – 3/26/2022 | 6:00pm | Student Union Auditorium
I-Dinner is the longest standing international tradition at UToledo organized by the International Students Association. For over 40 years, the international community has showcased their talent, culture and food at this event.
Register Here.

International Graduation – 5/5/2022 | 4:00pm-6:00pm | Student Union Auditorium
This program celebrates the graduation of international students at UToledo. Students will receive an international stole specifically designed for them to wear during the graduation ceremony.
Register Here.
Numbers at a glance - Spring 2022
  • Total number of enrolled international students: 1292
  • Undergraduates: 705
  • Graduates: 562
  • Total countries represented: 82
  • OPT: 412 (Graduated students still being serviced by Office of International Student and Scholar Services)
  • H-1B employees: 72
  • Visiting Scholars (J-1s): 47
Resources
Travel Registry
UToledo employees and students traveling outside of United States for work purposes are required to register their travel.

How-to Videos for International Students
This website provides many videos that help international students navigate the frequently used tools during their studies at UToledo.
 
UToledo Office Resources
This website lists various important offices on campus that international students will visit during their studies at UToledo.

New Student Step by Step Website
This webpage provides newly admitted international students with a guideline on all the important things they need to do before starting their first semester.

CISP Staff Members
Meet the CISP Team!

International Food Guide
The 6th edition of the International Food Guide has been published. Come celebrate the rich cultures of our city by exploring over 240 international restaurants in the Greater Toledo area!
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