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Issue #25—June 2014
Do you need a waiver of the insurance fee for Summer 2014? If you have purchased your own health insurance policy that meets the University requirements, listed at: http://oiss.uno.edu/UNOinsurancereq2.cfm , please submit the completed Insurance Coverage Evaluation Form for summer by the deadline of Thursday, June 5 . The form is available on our website at http://oiss.uno.edu/InsForms/F-1%20Insurance%20Coverage%20Evaluation%20Form%20Summer%202014.pdf :
Are You Graduating In Summer 2014 and Plan to Apply for Optional Practical Training?
Students in F-1 status who will be graduating in Summer 2014 and plan to apply for Optional Practical Training after graduation are reminded to file their practical training applications well in advance of the date they would like practical training to begin. Currently, the USCIS Texas Service Center is taking approximately twelve weeks to process EAD cards for practical training.
In general, OISS recommends that practical training applications be filed 90 days in advance of the requested starting date. So, if you would like your practical training to begin in August to October, now is the time to start the application process!
Your application must be received by the USCIS Texas Service Center no later than 60 days following your degree completion date, which is August 13, 2014 for Summer 2014 graduates.
The OPT handout and application is available at: http://oiss.uno.edu/forms/FPacket/OPT%20application,%20updated%20Feb%202014.pdf . Please come in during walk-in hours to meet with an advisor about the application process.
Important Information for Those Who Will Graduate in Summer 2014
OISS reminds students that if you will graduate in Summer 2014, you must do two things:
You must be registered for the Summer.
You must file an "Application for Degree" with the Registrar's Office online at http://www.uno.edu/registrar/application-for-degree.aspx . The deadline to file for graduation is June 13, 2014.
Departing the U.S. and not returning to UNO? UNO students who will not be returning to the University for the Fall 2014 semester are reminded to email OISS at firstname.lastname@example.org to let us know your plans.
Students in F-1 status who are graduating and are not going to pursue Optional Practical Training (OPT) or transfer to a new U.S. school or begin a new degree program in the United States are required to depart the United States within 60 days of their degree completion date. Students in J-1 status are required to depart the United States within 30 days of their degree completion date, or the end of their programs.
Are you ready for hurricane season? Hurricane season officially begins on June 1 and lasts through November 30. Make sure that you have an evacuation plan BEFORE a hurricane comes. You can come by our office to pick up Evacuation Guides and packing lists and also take a look at our hurricane preparedness handout on our website: Hurricane Evacuation Information.
Summer Semester 2014 University Calendar— To view the official university calendar for Summer 2014, please go to the following link: http://www.uno.edu/registrar/bulletin/important-dates.aspx#summer .
Important June Dates —
June 5: Deadline to submit Insurance Coverage Evaluation Form at OISS.
Final date to add courses, change sections.
Final date to drop course(s) and receive 100% refund.
June 13: Deadline to file an Application for Degree and to pay graduation fees for Summer Graduation.
Final date to resign and receive 50% refund.
OISS Summer Walk-In Hours —
Monday & Thursday 8:00 am -12:00 pm
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