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Issue #44—July 2016
Monday, July 4, 2016 is Independence Day. Independence Day is a U.S. Federal holiday. Locally, banks and post offices are usually closed. OISS will close at noon (12 p.m.) on Friday, July 1, 2016 and we will re-open at 8 a.m. on Tuesday, July 5, 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.
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 email@example.com 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 2016 semester: http://oiss.uno.edu/InsForms/F1Fall16.pdf . 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 spring or summer 2017. Dates for coverage are listed on the form. Insurance forms for fall must be turned in by 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, August 23.
For more information on insurance, please see: http://oiss.uno.edu/UNOinsurancereq2.cfm .
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: http://www.wednesdaysonthepoint.com/ . You can take the New Orleans Ferry at the foot of Canal Street – right next to the Aquarium of the Americas. The ride is for pedestrians and bikers only and costs $2. On Wednesdays the final trip from Algiers Point is at 9:30 p.m.
Essence Festival - This Festival will take place July 1 – July 3, featuring artists: Mariah Carey, Common, Puff Daddy, Tyrese, Kendrick Lamar, and others, as well as local and regional bands. Hours vary. Admission varies. Various locations in New Orleans. For more information please see: www.essence.com
Summer Semester 2016 University Calendar— To view the official university calendar for Summer 2016, please go to the following link: http://www.uno.edu/registrar/bulletin/important-dates.aspx#Summer .
- Important July Dates —
July 1: Final date for holding defenses for those graduating with thesis and dissertation requirements in Summer 2016
July 4-6: Independence Day Break
July 4: Independence Day Holiday – University Closed
July 22: Last day of classes.
July 26-27: Final exams
July 8: Registration ends at 4:30 p.m. Deadline to pay tuition and fees for Session B. Students who do not pay by 4:30 p.m. their enrollment will be cancelled and they will be required to re-enroll.
July 12: Classes start
July 21: Mid-semester examinations begin/end
OISS July Walk-In Hours Reminder —
Monday & Thursday 8:00 am-12:00 pm and 2:00 pm-4:00 pm
Wednesday 1:30 pm-4:00 pm
Please note: For past issues of OISS News please check our website under the heading “OISS News” http://oiss.uno.edu
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