OIPS Office Closure Dates

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

OIPS will be closed on:

  • Monday, September 2, 2019
  • Wednesday, November 27, 2019 through Friday, November 29, 2019
  • Monday, December 23, 2019, through Friday, January 3, 2020

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

George Mason University will host a presentation by immigration attorney Emily Sumner, Esq.,  Sumner Immigration Law Group, regarding Employment-Based Immigration—From OPT to H-1B to US Permanent Residency (Green Card)   In the presentation, Emily Sumner will discuss immigration options available to international students after graduation, including: Optional Practical Training, other temporary work options (H-1B visas; O-1 visas, and others) and employment-based or family-based permanent residency (Green Card) options for students, faculty, and researchers.

She will also address the latest updates to US immigration laws proposed by the administration in Washington, DC, and how those changes may impact international students at  GMU. This workshop is open to all students, faculty, staff, scholars and community members with an interest in the topic.

Presenter: Emily Sumner, Esq.  Sumner Immigration Law Firm
Location: Johnson Center, Meeting Room C
Date: Tuesday, November 19 , 2019
Time: 2:00 pm

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.