Office of International
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Issue #24—May 2014
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 and you will not be graduating, please make an appointment with an OISS advisor as soon as possible to discuss your situation.
Students who will begin a new level of study (e.g., completing bachelor's and commencing master's or completing master's and commencing PhD) will need to request their new I-20 at OISS. Updated financial documents are needed.
Have you ever received a new I-20 or DS-2019 from OISS? What should you do with your old I-20 or DS-2019? You should always keep any immigration documents that have been issued to you, even when you are given a new document with updated information or transfer to a new school. The forms I-20 or DS-2019 issued to you throughout your time in the U.S. are a record of your immigration status and these original documents will be needed in the future to apply for immigration benefits. Do not throw these documents away. Always keep them in a safe place for your records.
Travelling over Summer Break? — Be sure to have your I-20 or DS-2019 when you travel, as well as the other recommended documents listed on our Travel Instructions Handout at http://oiss.uno.edu/forms/Travel_Instructions.pdf . Also, make sure that you have a valid travel signature on your I-20 or DS-2019. The travel signature should be less than six months old as of the date you will return to the United States. If you need a travel signature please bring your I-20 or DS-2019 in to OISS for processing at least 10 days before your trip.
**You must be registered for the fall 2014 semester in order for OISS to process a travel signature. **
Fall classes are scheduled to begin on Wednesday, August 20. Please be sure to make your travel arrangements to return to New Orleans in time.
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 to 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."
No advising on May 9: Please note that there will be no advisors available for walk-in hours or appointments after 11:00 a.m. on Friday, May 9. OISS will be closed starting at noon and will reopen on Monday, May 12 at 8:00 a.m.
Graduating students who will not apply for practical training— Students who will be ending their studies in May but have no plans to apply for practical training (F-1), academic training (J-1) or continue at a new school or in a new field or level of study must depart the United States within sixty days of completion of their academic program if they are in F-1 status, or within thirty days if they are in J-1 status.
Jazz Fest 2014— The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival is a highlight of New Orleans' unique culture and musical heritage. The second weekend of Jazz Fest 2014 begins on Thursday, May 1 through Sunday, May 4. Check the music lineup and information on tickets for the 2014 festival at http://www.nojazzfest.com/ .
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 May Dates —
May 2: Final day of classes
May 5-9: Final exams
May 14: Final grades available on Web-STAR
May 16: COMMENCEMENT at 3:00 p.m. at Lakefront Arena
OISS Spring Walk-In Hours Reminder —
Monday & Thursday 8:00 am -12:00 pm
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