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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 #6—March 2011

•  Travelling for Spring Break?— Be sure to have your I-20 or DS-2019 when you travel, as well as the other recommended documents listed on our Travel Instructions Handout at . Also, make sure that you have a valid travel signature on your I-20 or DS-2019. The travel signature should be less than six months old as of the date you will return to the United States. Remember, you need a travel signature even if you are going on a cruise that will make stops in ports outside of the U.S. If you need a travel signature for a spring break trip please bring your I-20 or DS-2019 to OISS for processing as soon as possible.

Keep in mind that travel to other countries often requires students to obtain visas.  Make sure to contact the embassy for the country you are visiting to determine if you need a visa in advance of travelling.

•  Optional Practical Training (OPT) Information Session — The second OPT information session for the spring semester will be on Thursday, March 17 at 12:30 p.m. in ED 206 . 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. Current USCIS average processing times for the OPT application is three months, so make sure to contact an advisor as early as possible in March to make your application appointment. If you are unable to attend the session on March 17, you will need to meet with an OISS advisor for an overview. Information sessions are open to all F-1 students and we encourage you to attend, especially if you will be graduating in May 2011.

•  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 volunteer income tax assistance (VITA) sessions. These VITA sessions will be scheduled 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:

•  Understanding your student health insurance— Student Health Services Presents Student Health Insurance Program on Wednesday, March 2, 12:00pm-1:00pm, in KH 214.

Learn how to use your UNO health insurance, access doctors, use the pharmacy benefit, get a card, and much more! Using your insurance properly is very important in order to fully benefit from the policy. This program is for students who have the UNO student insurance only.

•  International Night 2011—“Celebrate the Nations!”— The International Student Organization will present International Night 2011—Celebrate the Nations on Saturday, March 26 from 6:00-9:30 p.m. in the Human Performance Center. Tickets will go on sale in March. If you are interested in participating in the event or for more information, please contact ISO at .

•  Volunteer at Jazz Fest— Each year The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival needs volunteers to contribute time and energy to the event. Volunteering at Jazz Fest allows you to be a part of a unique cultural and musical event in New Orleans. PLUS! Volunteers who work a shift on a Festival day get free admission to the Festival for the entire day of their shift! Take a look at their website for more information and the volunteer application: . Volunteer applications are due on March 4, so act quickly if you are interested.

For a listing of the lineup for Jazz Fest 2011 see: .

•  Spring Semester Campus Events— For a calendar of events taking place on campus this month, check out UNO's Event Calendar at:

And Student Involvement and Leadership's Calendar at: .

•  Spring Semester 2011 University Calendar— To view the official university calendar for Spring 2011, please go to the following link: .

Important March Dates

March 7-11: Spring Break—no classes

March 8: Mardi Gras Holiday—University closed

March 14-18: Midsemester exam period

March 26: International Night

OISS Spring Walk-In Hours Reminder

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 note: For past issues of OISS News please check our website under the heading “OISS News”


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