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Issue #56—November 2017
Optional Practical Training (OPT) — If you are completing your program in December, are in F-1 status, and have been planning to apply for post-completion optional practical training, but have not yet done so, do not delay! Fall 2017 graduates must send their completed applications to the USCIS Processing Center so that it arrives there before March 1, 2018, which is 60 days following the completion date for Fall graduates. Make an appointment with an advisor as soon as possible.
As a reminder, it can take three months or more to obtain the Employment Authorization Document (EAD card) from the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Service Center after applying for OPT. If you plan to begin employment as of January 2018, you should be submitting your paperwork as soon as possible. Employment cannot begin until you receive your EAD card, even if the requested start date has passed.
I-20 or DS-2019 expiring?— Check your documents for the end date of your I-20 or DS-2019. If it is expiring in December and you will not be graduating, please make an appointment with an OISS advisor as soon as possible to discuss your situation.
Students who will begin a new level of study (e.g., completing bachelors and commencing masters or completing masters and commencing PhD) will need to request their new I-20 at OISS.
International Education Week 2017 —UNO is joining the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Education in celebrating International Education Week (IEW) https://iew.state.gov during the week of November 13 - 17, 2017. This is UNO's 15th year to join in the national initiative. The Division of International Education is organizing several events during IEW, including its 11th Annual UNO International Photo Contest & Exhibition. For more information about the photo contest and IEW at UNO please check out the information at: http://www.uno.edu/international-center/IEW_photo_contest.aspx .
World Cup Champions —Congratulations to the World Stars team for their first place finish in the International Student Organization's World Cup Soccer Tournament 2017! They played an exciting match against the runners up, team Saudi Student Union . Thanks to all of the teams, players, spectators, and sponsors for making the ISO World Cup Soccer Tournament a successful event once again!
Upcoming Events from the BCM (Baptist Collegiate Ministry) – According to a recent article from US New and World Report, “college students are increasingly managing their own money, but a new survey shows that they're becoming less responsible about it.” The BCM is offering a short Money Management class during our Coffee and Conversation hour on Tuesdays from 12:45-1:45 in the International Center lounge. Please join us if you would like more information on money management and financial responsibility. Coffee, tea, hot chocolate and a light snack will be provided.
This is the calendar for the topics we will discuss in the next couple of weeks:
November 7th - Consumer Awareness
November 14th - Saving and Investing
Upcoming Events hosted by the OISS - Student Involvement and Leadership presentation for International Students – Tuesday, November 7 from 12:00-1:00pm @ International Center Student Lounge. Looking for leadership opportunities? Want to contribute to the quality of student life on campus? Trying to connect with a group of active students on the path to success and make new friends? SIL will be presenting to international students on leadership development, organizational involvement, campus wide entertainment, cultural and educational programs and how to get involved. All are welcome! Career Services Presentation to International Students – Wednesday, November 15 from 12:00-1:00pm. Career Services is a resource for advising, job readiness workshops, career fairs, and access to internships and employment opportunities. Career services will present on career advising, career preparation in the International Center Lounge.
Travel Plans for Thanksgiving holiday or Winter break? —Read over our Travel Instructions for international students at http://oiss.uno.edu/forms/Travel_Instructions.pdf . It is essential that you have your passport, printout of your I-94, Form I-20 or DS-2019 and UNO ID card with you even when travelling within the U.S. or the state of Louisiana. Travel outside the U.S. requires that your immigration document be endorsed for travel by OISS. The travel signature should be less than six months old as of the date you will return to the U.S. If you need a travel signature, please bring your I-20 or DS-2019 in to OISS for processing at least 7-10 business days before your trip.
Passport Renewal —Remember! Check your passport expiration date. Your passport must be valid at least six months into the future in order to maintain immigration status. If you need to renew your passport, please consult with the consulate or embassy of your home country.
University Calendar – To view the official university calendar for fall 2017 and/or spring 2018, please go to the following link: http://www.uno.edu/registrar/bulletin/important-dates.aspx
Important November Dates
October 30: Registration for 2018 Spring Semester begins
November 18: Last day of Saturday classes
November 22-24: Thanksgiving Holiday, no classes
OISS Fall Walk-In Hours Reminder —
Monday & Thursday 8:00am -12:00pm
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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