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Office of International
Students and Scholars

International Center 125
University of New Orleans
2000 Lakeshore Drive
New Orleans, LA 70148

Phone: (504) 280-6021
Fax: (504) 280-7317





Issue #59—March 2018


•  Optional Practical Training (OPT) Information Session —If you missed the OPT information session in February, the second session for the spring semester will be on Thursday, March 22 at 2:30 p.m. in ED 208 . Advisors will give a general overview of OPT and explain the application process. If you are graduating in May, you should plan on applying for OPT as soon as possible and attend this information session. Current USCIS average processing times for the OPT application is three months, so make sure to contact an advisor as early as possible in March to make your application appointment. If you are unable to attend the session on March 22, you will need to schedule an appointment with an OISS advisor for an overview. Information sessions are open to all F-1 students and we encourage you to attend, especially if you will be graduating in May 2018.
SEVP Portal
– The Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) will be launching its SEVP “Portal” program which allows students to report address, phone number and OPT employment information themselves online directly through the SEVP Portal. We will soon send out additional information regarding the Portal and its functionality.


•  Income Tax Information —International students who work, are not exempt from filing income tax forms – even if the U.S. has a tax treaty with the country of origin. If you are an international student who needs help filling out your tax forms, come to one of the tax sessions. These tax sessions are scheduled to take place throughout March and at the beginning of April. You can find the dates, times and locations on our website at: .

Make sure that you are signed up for the OISS Listserv so that you receive this important information: .


•  Travelling for Spring Break?— Be sure to have your I-20 or DS-2019 when you travel, as well as the other recommended documents listed on our Travel Instructions Handout . Also, make sure that you have a valid travel signature on your I-20 or DS-2019. The travel signature should be less than six months old as of the date you will return to the United States. Remember, you need a travel signature even if you are going on a cruise that will make stops in ports outside of the U.S. If you need a travel signature for a spring break trip please bring your I-20 or DS-2019 to OISS for processing at least two weeks prior to traveling. Keep in mind that travel to other countries often requires students to obtain visas.  Make sure to contact the embassy for the country you are visiting to determine if you need a visa in advance of travelling.


•  Credit Union Information Session Banking in the U.S. - The event will take place on Wednesday, March 7, 2018 from 12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. in the International Center Student Lounge. This is an excellent opportunity to learn about maintaining your financial health while living in the US. The banking system may seem complicated, confusing and sometimes baffling.  In reality, it isn't at all. UNO Federal Credit Union's program will provide you with basic details on financial services and products that you need to know to bank successfully and establish a flourishing financial future.


•  Career Services Information Session - Maximizing your potential in the Workplace - The 2018 International Student Series continues on Wednesday, March 14 with Career Services. The event will take place from 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. in the International Center Student Lounge. A Career Counselor will be present to answer your questions about finding a job that is right for you and maximizing your potential in the workforce. They will discuss topics such as -- Finding Job Opportunities and Marketing Yourself. They will also talk about how to use your International experience to make yourself a more competitive candidate for potential employers.


•  International Night 2018— “Together Toward Tomorrow”— The International Student Organization (ISO) and the Student Activities Council (SAC) will present International Night 2018 on Saturday, March 24 from 6:00-9:30 p.m. in the Human Performance Center. Tickets are on sale at the University Center during lunch hours or in the OISS office International Center room 125. Tickets are $5 in advance and $8 at the door. If you are interested in volunteering, participating in the event or need additional information, please contact ISO at or ISO's president Kira Marie Orleans at .


•  BSM Events - BCM International Potluck

Would you like to participate in an International Potluck or an Adventure in Food? Tuesday, March 6th the BCM at UNO invites you to bring a dish of food that you would like to share with others, so we can each enjoy trying wonderful food from around the world. Bring your dish and an adventurous palate to the International Center Lounge at 12-1pm and try some delicious food from other cultures. This event will replace our normally scheduled Coffee and Conversation hour for the week. If you have any questions, please contact Kimberly Myers ( )


BCM Night of Baseball

On Tuesday night, March 6th, the BCM is going to watch the UNO Privateer baseball team play the Tulane Greenwave at the UNO ball field. If you would like to attend this game with us, we will meet at Privateer Place Clubhouse at 5:30pm and have free pizza, then we will travel over to UNO's ball field at 6pm to watch the game. Free transportation will be provided and admission to the game is free with your UNO student ID. If you would like to go with us, please let Kimberly Myers ( ) know by Monday, March 5th so that we can prepare for adequate transportation.


Zoo Trip

The BCM will be taking UNO international students to the Audubon Zoo here in New Orleans Saturday, March 10th.  The Audubon Zoo is not only one of the oldest zoos in the U.S. but it is also rated, one of the best zoos in the U.S.  We will pick students up in front of the U.C. at 12:30 and the cost of admission to the zoo will be $11.00.  We will plan on leaving the zoo around 4:30 or 5pm to come back to campus.  If you would like to go please email Kimberly Myers at by Thursday, March 8th in order to reserve a place for you.


Henna and Easter Eggs

On Tuesday, March 27th the BCM invites you to attend an Easter event at UNO. From 12:45-1:45pm at the International Center Student Lounge, volunteers from the BCM will be drawing free Henna tattoos that tell the story of Easter.  If you do not wish to receive a Henna tattoo, you can instead learn more about Easter and why we celebrate it, as we will dye Easter eggs, also in the Student Lounge at this time. Our Easter event is free and we'll be giving away Easter candy, as well.


•  Spring Semester Campus Events— For a calendar of events taking place on campus this month, check out UNO's Event Calendar at:

•  And Student Involvement and Leadership's Calendar at:

•  Spring Semester 2018 University Calendar— To view the official university calendar for Spring 2018, please go to the following link:


Important March Dates

March 9: Deadline to file an Application for Degree for May 2018 commencement

March 24: International Night 2018

March 28-31: Spring Break No classes


OISS Spring Walk-In Hours Reminder

Monday & Thursday       8:00 am -12:00 pm
                                           2:00 pm-4:00 pm
Tuesday & Friday            9:00 am-12:30 pm
                                            1:30 pm-4:00 pm

Wednesday                     1:30 pm-4:00 pm

Walk-in consultations are for quick 10-15 minute discussions. You will receive assistance on a first-come, first-served basis.

Appointments are at specific times and with specific advisors. If your discussion involves changing status, an OPT or CPT application, or any other complex situation, please make an appointment. Please call 504-280-6021 to schedule an appointment or send an email to .

Please note: For past issues of OISS News please check our website under the heading “OISS News”





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