| Office of International
Students and Scholars
Office of International
Phone: (504) 280-6021
Issue #49—January/February 2017
Welcome to all of the international students who are new for the spring 2017 semester! And welcome back to all of the continuing international students! We wish you all a successful semester!
Have you moved recently? —International students and scholars in F or J status can fulfill their federal SEVIS requirements by reporting their change of address by filling out a change of address form and then dropping it off at the OISS in IC 125. Student address changes will then be updated in the University's database, as well as in SEVIS.
Did You Travel Abroad During Intersession? — If you obtained a new visa or passport while you were away, please come to OISS with your passport and visa documents so we can make copies for your files. Also, please remember to make copies for your own records of your passport, visa, and I-94 form each time you are issued a new one and keep them in a safe place.
Insurance Information for spring— If you have purchased an alternate insurance plan and would like to waive the insurance charge on your UNO fee bill, please take a look at the Insurance Coverage Evaluation Form for the spring 2017 semester http://oiss.uno.edu/InsForms/F1Spring17.pdf . Dates for coverage are listed on the form. Insurance forms for spring must be turned in by the fifth day of class, 4:30 p.m. on Monday, January 23, 2017 .
For more information on insurance, please see: http://oiss.uno.edu/UNOinsurancereq2.cfm .
Optional Practical Training (OPT) Information Session — The first OPT information session for the spring semester will be on Friday, February 24 at 2:30 p.m. in ED 208. 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 in March and attending one of the information sessions. If you are unable to attend the session on February 24, there is a second session scheduled for Thursday, March 23 at 2:30 p.m in ED 208. Information sessions are open to all F-1 students and we encourage you to attend, especially if you will be graduating in May 2017.
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 will be scheduled for the end of February and throughout March. Dates, times and locations will be announced soon.
Make sure that you are signed up for the OISS Listserv so that you receive this important information: http://www.oiss.uno.edu/subscription.cfm
Employment Authorization - If you plan on working, please keep in mind that you need to meet with an International Advisor before beginning any employment (student worker positions, Internship through COOP, Internship for Academic credit, Graduate or Teaching Assistantship positions). Please make sure to do this well in advance so that your plans are in keeping with immigration regulations and UNO policies.
New USCIS filing fees - Effective December 23, 2016, the fees required for most immigration applications and petitions have been adjusted by USCIS. Applications and petitions postmarked or filed on or after December 23, 2016, must include the new fees or USCIS will reject the submission. These fees include the I-765 Application for Employment Authorization as well as the I-539 Application to Extend/Change Nonimmigrant Status. For a list of the new fees, visit New USCIS Fees .
Spring Semester Campus Events— For information on events taking place on campus this month, check out UNO's Event Calendar at: http://calendar.uno.edu/ and Student Involvement and Leadership's Calendar at: http://calendar.uno.edu/MasterCalendar/studentlife.aspx .
Be a part of International Night 2017! — Be a part of International Night 2017! — The International Student Organization is recruiting committee members to help organize one of the biggest student-run events at UNO: International Night 2017. Committee members will be given the opportunity to meet people of different backgrounds, gain leadership experience, and get involved at UNO. Weekly meetings will begin the week of January 17th. If you are interested please request an application at the Office of International Students and Scholars, International Center 125, or email firstname.lastname@example.org . For more information contact Santana Mitchell the president of ISO at email@example.com .
Spring Semester 2017 University Calendar — To view the official university calendar for Spring 2017 please go to the following link: http://www.uno.edu/registrar/bulletin/important-dates.aspx#Spring
January 11: Deadline to pay tuition and fees for spring 2017. Students not paid by 4:30 p.m. will be purged and will be required to re-enroll. Late Registration Fees will apply.
January 16: Martin Luther King Holiday—University Closed
January 17: Classes begin
January 23: Final date to drop course(s) and receive 100% refund. After this date, there is no refund for drops.*
Final date to add courses, change sections, or change from audit to credit.
February 3: Final date to drop course(s) or resign and not have course(s) recorded*
February 27-28: Mardi Gras Holidays - no classes
*You must consult with an advisor from OISS before dropping any classes
OISS Spring Walk-In Hours Reminder —
Monday & Thursday 8:00 am -12:00 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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