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Students and Scholars

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University of New Orleans
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New Orleans, LA 70148

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Issue #26—July 2014


•  Friday, July 4, 2014 is Independence Day. Independence Day is a U.S. Federal holiday.  University offices and facilities are closed.  Locally, banks and post offices are also closed.  OISS will re-open on Monday, July 7, 2014.


•  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:,%20updated%20Feb%202014.pdf Please come in during walk-in hours to meet with an advisor about the application process.

•  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 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.


•  Insurance Information for Fall— Please take a look at the Insurance Coverage Evaluation Form for the fall 2014 semester: . Please note that it is possible to turn in an insurance form in the fall that covers the entire academic year. This will allow us to waive the insurance charge from your UNO fee bill for each semester that your policy covers you through summer 2015. Dates for coverage are listed on the form. Insurance forms for fall must be turned in by 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, August 26.

For more information on insurance, please see: .


•  Free Summer Concerts —Wednesdays on the Point is a free summer concert series in Algiers Point. Concerts are scheduled each Wednesday from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., starting July 9 and running through August 27. For the lineup check out the website: . You can take the Canal Street Ferry downtown to Algiers across the river for $2 per person!


•  Summer Semester 2014 University Calendar— To view the official university calendar for Summer 2014, please go to the following link: .

Important July Dates

July 4: Independence Day Holiday- University Closed

July 11: Final date to drop courses or resign from the university

July 24: Last day of classes.

July 28-29: Final exams


*Please note that walk-in hours for July will be limited.*

OISS July Walk-In Hours Reminder

Monday & Thursday      2:00 pm-4:00 pm
Tuesday & Friday            9:00 am-12:30 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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