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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 #41—March 2016


•  Optional Practical Training (OPT) Information Session —If you missed the OPT information session in February, the second session for the spring semester will be on Thursday, March 24 at 2:30 p.m. in ED 206 . Advisors will give a general overview of OPT and explain the application process. If you are graduating in May, you should plan on applying for OPT as soon as possible and attend this information session. Current USCIS average processing times for the OPT application is three months, so make sure to contact an advisor as early as possible in March to make your application appointment. If you are unable to attend the session on March 24, you will need to schedule an appointment with an OISS advisor for an overview. Information sessions are open to all F-1 students and we encourage you to attend, especially if you will be graduating in May 2016.


•  Income Tax Information —International students who work, 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 tax sessions. These tax sessions are scheduled to take place throughout March and at the beginning of April. You can find the dates, times and locations on our website at: .

Make sure that you are signed up for the OISS Listserv so that you receive this important information: .


•  Travelling for Spring 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 . 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. Remember, you need a travel signature even if you are going on a cruise that will make stops in ports outside of the U.S. If you need a travel signature for a spring break trip please bring your I-20 or DS-2019 to OISS for processing at least two weeks prior to traveling. Keep in mind that travel to other countries often requires students to obtain visas.  Make sure to contact the embassy for the country you are visiting to determine if you need a visa in advance of travelling.


•  International Night 2016—“Take Flight on International Night”— The International Student Organization (ISO) in collaboration with the Student Activity Council (SAC) will present International Night 2016 on Saturday, March 19 from 6:00-9:30 p.m. in the Human Performance Center. Tickets are on sale at the University Center during lunch hours or in the OISS office International Center room 125 and they are $5 in advance and $8 at the door. If you are interested in participating in the event or for more information, please contact ISO at or ISO's president Saurab Ghimire at .


•  Holi —For the sixth year in a row, UNO's Student Activities Council and Chakra Indian Student Association have teamed up to bring the Hindu festival, Holi, to UNO's campus for one of the craziest, most memorable experiences that you will never forget. The event will take place Sunday, March 20 th from 2 p.m.—5 p.m. at the UNO Amphitheater. Holi is a Hindu festival that celebrates the triumph of good over evil. Traditionally during the festival Hindu devotees chase each other through the streets, splashing colorful paint, powder and water on each other. Admission is free for students with UNO ID and includes colors for throwing and splashing. Admission for the general public is $5 and includes colors. UNO's Holi Festival will include dance performances, live music and a fun, messy experience!


•  BCM Events – The BCM will be taking UNO international students to the Audubon Zoo here in New Orleans Saturday, March 12th. The Audubon Zoo is not only one of the oldest zoos in the U.S. but it is also rated one of the best zoos in the U.S. We will pick students up in front of the U.C. at 12:30 and the cost of admission to the zoo will be $14.00. We will plan on leaving the zoo around 4:30 or 5pm to come back to campus. If you would like to go please email Kimberly Myers at by Thursday, March 17th in order to reserve a place for you. The BCM is also having a free Crawfish Boil for college students from various universities across our city on Thursday, March 31st at the Fly behind Audubon Zoo. If you would like to go and need a ride, please email Kimberly Myers ( ) by Tuesday, March 29th, so we can ensure that we have enough transportation for everyone. We will meet in front of the UC at UNO at 4pm on Thursday and then travel to the Fly for the Crawfish Boil. If you have a car, but don't know where to go, feel free to follow us or contact Kimberly for directions.


•  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 2016 University Calendar— To view the official university calendar for Spring 2016, please go to the following link:


Important March Dates

March 4: Deadline to file an Application for Degree for May 2016 commencement

March 19: International Night 2016

March 23-26: Spring Break - no classes

March 25: Good Friday Holiday


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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