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Office of International
Phone: (504) 280-6021
Issue #23—April 2014
UNO is closed on Friday, April 18 for the Easter Holiday—Our office will reopen on Monday, April 21 at 8:00 a.m.
Optional Practical Training for graduating students—F-1 students who will be graduating in May 2014 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 income tax sessions. There is only one more day of tax sessions scheduled before the tax filing deadline: Thursday, April 10 at 2:00p.m. and 3:00p.m. in Kirschman Hall Room 221. 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 15, 2014.
OISS staff is not qualified to provide tax advice. No additional assistance is available to students and scholars for tax form preparations.
Those in need of Individual Tax Identification Numbers (ITINs) should complete form W-7 (link below) by following the instructions (second link below).
Internal Revenue Service
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 2014 and you will not be graduating, please make an appointment with an OISS advisor as soon as possible to discuss your situation.
Jazz Fest 2014—The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival is a highlight of New Orleans’ unique culture and musical heritage. The first weekend of Jazz Fest 2014 begins on Friday, April 25 through Sunday, May 4. Check the music lineup and information on tickets for the 2014 festival at http://www.nojazzfest.com/.
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.
Spring Semester Campus Events—For a calendar of 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:
Spring Semester 2014 University Calendar— To view the official university calendar for Spring 2014, please go to the following link:
Important April Dates—
OISS Spring Walk-In Hours Reminder—
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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