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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 #43—June 2016


•  Are You Graduating in Summer 2016 and Plan to Apply for Optional Practical Training?

Students in F-1 status who will be graduating in Summer 2016 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 10, 2016 for Summer 2016 graduates.

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 2016

OISS reminds students that if you will graduate in Summer 2016, 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 . The deadline to file for graduation is Friday, June 24, 2016.


•  Departing the U.S. and not returning to UNO? UNO students who will not be returning to the University for the Fall 2016 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.

•  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. We will send out the link to our Hurricane Preparedness handout as soon as it is available.


•  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 June 1 and running through July 6. For the lineup check out the website: . You can take the Canal Street Ferry downtown to Algiers across the river for free!


•  French Market Creole Tomato Festival  - The French Market's Creole Tomato Festival features food booths, live music, children's activities, fresh Creole tomatoes for sale, cooking demonstrations and a Creole tomato-eating contest. The festival will take place between 10 a.m. – 7 p.m., June 11-12 and admission is free. For more information check out the website: .


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

•  On Campus Student Worker position(s) – UNO Campus Dining Services is hiring. Positions are available now and for the Fall semester. International Students can only apply for the on campus student worker position (JOB #74659).

To apply please follow these steps:

•  Go to

•  Locate specific position of interest. Click on hourly job and APPLY TO JOB #74659

•  Create a profile to begin the application process

•  If you are a returning user, scroll to the bottom of the page to log in.

Make sure you complete the entire application and that you have a valid email address that you can access and keep an eye on. Please do not come in person until you have made an appointment via email.


Important June Dates

June 1: Deadline to pay fees for final registration/schedule adjustment

Final date to add courses, change sections.

Final date to drop course(s) and receive 100% refund.

June 10: Final date to resign and receive 50% refund.

June 20-21: Mid-semester examinations

June 24: Deadline to file an Application for Degree and to pay graduation fees for Summer Graduation.


OISS Summer Walk-In Hours

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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