| Office of International
Students and Scholars
Office of International
Phone: (504) 280-6021
Issue #21—January/February 2014
Welcome to all of the international students who are new for the spring 2014 semester! And welcome back to all of the continuing international students! We wish you all a successful semester!
Have you moved recently?—International students and scholars in F or J status can fulfill their federal SEVIS requirements by reporting their change of address by filling out a change of address form: http://oiss.uno.edu/forms/FPacket/Address_Name_Change_&_Information_Form.doc and then dropping it off at OISS in ED 122. Student address changes will then be updated in the University’s database, as well as in SEVIS.
Did You Travel Abroad During Intersession? — If you obtained a new visa or passport while you were away, please come to OISS with your passport and visa documents so we can make copies for your files. Also, please remember to make copies for your own records of your passport, visa, and I-94 form each time you are issued a new one and keep them in a safe place.
Insurance Information for spring—If you have purchased an alternate insurance plan and would like to waive the insurance charge on your UNO fee bill, please take a look at the Insurance Coverage Evaluation Form for the spring 2014 semester: http://oiss.uno.edu/InsForms/F1Spring14.pdf. Dates for coverage are listed on the form. Insurance forms for spring must be turned in by the fifth day of class, 4:30 p.m. on Friday, January 17, 2014.
Optional Practical Training (OPT) Information Session—The first OPT information session for the spring semester will be on Friday, February 28 at 2:30 p.m. in ED 206. 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 in March and attending one of the information sessions. If you are unable to attend the session on February 28, there is a second session scheduled for Thursday, March 27 at 2:30 p.m. Information sessions are open to all F-1 students and we encourage you to attend, especially if you will be graduating in May 2014.
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 volunteer income tax assistance (VITA) sessions. These VITA sessions will be scheduled for the end of February and throughout March. Dates, times and locations will be announced soon.
Spring Semester Campus Events—For information on events taking place on campus this month, check out UNO’s Event Calendar at: http://calendar.uno.edu/ and Student Involvement and Leadership’s Calendar at: http://calendar.uno.edu/MasterCalendar/studentlife.aspx.
Be a part of International Night 2014! — Be a part of International Night 2014! — International Student Organization is recruiting committee members to help organized one of the biggest student-run events to see UNO: International Night 2014. Committee members will be given the opportunity to meet people of different backgrounds, gain leadership experience, and get involved at UNO. Weekly meetings will begin the week of January 13th. If you are interested, please request an application at the Office of International Students and Scholars, Bicentennial Education Center 122 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information, contact Shaswot Kharel at email@example.com.
Important January/February Dates—
OISS Spring Walk-In Hours Reminder—
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please note: For past issues of OISS News please check our website under the heading “OISS News” http://oiss.uno.edu.
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