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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 #53—July 2017


•  Are You Graduating In Summer 2017 and Plan to Apply for Optional Practical Training?

Students in F-1 status who will be graduating in Summer 2017 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 Potomac 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 Potomac Service Center no later than 60 days following your degree completion date, which is August 9, for Summer 2017 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 2017 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 2017 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 spring or summer 2018. Dates for coverage are listed on the form. Insurance forms for fall must be turned in by 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, August 22. For more information on insurance, please see: .

•  BCM – Gulf Island Waterpark trip - BCM is heading to the Gulf Island Waterpark to get some relief from the NOLA heat on Saturday, July 15! We will leave at 8am and return around 5pm. Cost is $30/person which covers admission into the park and a meal voucher, as well as transportation. Spaces are limited, so please sign up as soon as possible. To sign up please click here .

You can pay cash the day of the event or if you need to pay with debit/credit card you can do so by clicking here .

If you have any questions, please contact Kimberly Myers at:


•  Summer Semester 2017 University Calendar— To view the official university calendar for Summer 2017, please go to the following link: .


•  Just a friendly reminder about our Summer office hours. These hours are in effect through Friday, August 4:

Monday-Thursday     8:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.
Fridays                         Closed

- Important July Dates

July 3-4: Independence Day Holiday

July 12: Final date for holding defenses for those graduating with thesis and dissertation requirements
in Summer 2017

July 28: Last day of classes

July 31-August 1: Final exams


Session B

July 7: 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 10: Classes start

July 11: Late registration ends. Final date to drop courses or resign and not have courses recorded on your transcript

July 20: Midterm evaluation period

July 31: Last day of classes

OISS July Walk-In Hours Reminder

Monday & Thursday      8:00 am-12:00 pm and 2:00 pm-4:00 pm
Tuesday & Friday            9:00 am-12:30 pm and 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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