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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
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Issue #22—March 2014


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 27 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 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 27, 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 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 tax sessions.  These tax sessions are scheduled to take place throughout March. 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 also receive this important information:


International Night 2014—“Wonders of the World”— The International Student Organization will present International Night 2014 on Saturday, March 22 from 6:00-9:30 p.m.  in the Human Performance Center.   Tickets are currently on sale at the University Center during lunch hours or in the OISS office ED 122 and they are $5 in advance and $8 at the door.  If you are interested in participating in the event or for more information, please contact ISO at or Shaswot Kharel at


Holi—For the fourth year in a row, UNO's Student Activities Council and Chakra Indian Student Association have teamed up to bring the Hindu festival, Holi, to UNO's campus for one of the craziest, most memorable experiences that you will never forget. The event will take place this Sunday, March 16 from 2 p.m.—4 p.m. at the UNO Amphitheater.  Holi is a Hindu festival that celebrates the triumph of good over evil.  Traditionally, during the festival Hindu devotees chase each other through the streets, splashing colorful paint, powder and water on each other.  Admission is free for students with UNO ID and includes colors for throwing and splashing.  Admission for the general public is $5 and includes colors.  UNO’s Holi Festival will include dance performances, henna artists, international food, live music and a fun, messy experience!


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 2014 University Calendar— To view the official university calendar for Spring 2014, please go to the following link:


Important March Dates
March 1-4            Mardi Gras Holidays - no classes
March 4                University Closed - Mardi Gras Holiday
March 5-7            Spring Break - no classes
March 22:            International Night 2014


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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