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Issue #16—April 2012
UNO is closed on Friday, April 6 for the Easter Holiday— Our office will reopen on Monday, April 8 at 8:00 a.m.
Optional Practical Training for graduating students— F-1 students who will be graduating in May 2012 and plan to apply for post-completion optional practical training are reminded that they should schedule an appointment with an OISS advisor as soon as possible to complete their OPT application.
F-1 students who have not yet begun the practical training application process are urged to do so soon so that you will have the best possible opportunity to obtain your employment authorization card in a timely manner. Currently, it is taking the USCIS Texas Service Center approximately three months to process OPT employment authorization applications. Employment cannot begin unless you have the card "in hand."
Income Tax Information —International students 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 volunteer income tax assistance (VITA) sessions. There is only one more day of VITA sessions scheduled before the tax filing deadline: Tuesday, April 10 at 12:30p.m. and 1:30p.m. in Kirschman Hall Room 129. For more information on the tax sessions, please check: http://oiss.uno.edu/tax.cfm . Please remember the deadline for filing taxes is Tuesday, April 17, 2012.
New Orleans Fairs and Festivals for April— Festival season in New Orleans has begun! Check out a list of fairs and festivals throughout the New Orleans area for April at Gambit's 2012 Guide to Fairs and Festivals: http://www.bestofneworleans.com/gambit/gambits-2012-guide-to-fairs-and-festivals-april/Content?oid=1964763 .
Important April Dates —
April 2-8: Spring Break, No classes
April 6: Easter Holiday, University Closed
April 9: Final date to drop courses or resign from the University*
* You must consult with an advisor from OISS before dropping any classes
April 10: Registration for Summer and Fall 2012 begins
April 28: Last day of Saturday classes
Monday & Thursday 8:00 am -12:00 pm
Please note: For past issues of OISS News please check our website under the heading “OISS News” http://oiss.uno.edu/oissnews.cfm
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