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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 #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:  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).
The completed W-7 form should be attached to the IRS 1040NR-EZ, 1040NR, etc. forms with documentation sent to the following address:

Internal Revenue Service
Austin Service Center
ITIN Operation
P.O. Box 149342
Austin, TX 78714-9342

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

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

Important April Dates
April 3:  Final date to drop courses or resign from the University*
              *You must consult with an advisor from OISS before dropping any classes
April 9: Last date for thesis & dissertation defense to be held for Spring 2014 degree candidates
April 18:  Easter Holiday, University Closed
April 26:  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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