OIPS Office Closure Dates

The Office of International Programs and Services (OIPS) is open throughout the summer break.

OIPS will be closed on:

  • Monday, January 20, 2020
  • Monday, May 25, 2020
  • Friday July 3, 2020
  • Monday, September 7, 2020
  • Wednesday, November 25, 2020 (Closed half day) through Friday, November 27, 2019
  • Thursday, December 24, 2020, through Friday, January 1, 2021

JumpStart Event

All sessions at the JumpStart event held on Thursday, August 22 in Research Hall, Room 163 are open to international students.

The International Student Job Search session from 9am to 10am is specifically for international students that would like to learn more about Curricular Practical Training (CPT) and Optional Practical Training (OPT) policies and processes.  For the entire event schedule, see the flyer for more information.

J-1 Student Employment Workshop

The J-1 Student Employment Workshop will be held on Wednesday, September 11 from 4pm to 5pm in Student Union Building 1 (SUB 1), Room 3311.

Employment Immigration Workshop

Dear International Students,

USCIS has confirmed that it will pilot the H-1B Electronic Registration system (pre-registration) for the upcoming FY2021 H-1B Cap Season.  To help explain this, and the US immigration process, the Office of International Programs and Services has invited experienced immigration attorney to give a presentation which will provide clear, easy-to-understand information about the most common work visas and Green Card options available.

The presentation will focus on Optional Practical Training and the H-1B visa, as well as information on green card options including National Interest Waiver, Outstanding Professor/Researcher, and Extraordinary Ability.

Location: Johnson Center, Meeting Room 239A
Date: Wednesday, February 5 , 2020
Time: 2:00-4:30 om

There will be opportunities, during and after the presentation, for questions and answers about immigration issues—join us and come with questions.  RSVP is NOT required. Please send any questions to

Mason International Calendar

The Mason International calendar lists social and cultural events across campus.  Most events are open to all Mason community members; check event details for RSVP and registration requirements, links to additional additional, and more.

To link directly to this event calendar in the future, you can use the following link: http://tiny.CC/oips-calendar

International Student Advising Calendar

The International Student Advising calendar is designed for F-1 and J-1 students. The calendar lists walk-in hours, travel signature days, CPT and OPT deadlines and employment workshops.