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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 #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: . Please remember the deadline for filing taxes is Tuesday, April 17, 2012.

•  I-20 or DS-2019 expiring? —Check your documents for the end date of your I-20 or DS-2019. If it is expiring in May 2012 and you will not be graduating, please make an appointment with an OISS advisor as soon as possible to discuss your situation.

•  Jazz Fest 2012— The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival is a highlight of New Orleans' unique culture and musical heritage. The first weekend of Jazz Fest 2012 begins on Friday, April 27 through Sunday, May 6. Check the music lineup and information on tickets for the 2012 festival at .

•  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: .

•  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 2012 University Calendar— To view the official university calendar for Spring 2012, please go to the following link: .


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

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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