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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 #60—April/May 2018

OISS Summer Schedule: Please note that starting from May 14th through August 3rd we will be open Monday - Thursday from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. (4:30 p.m.-6:00 p.m. will be by appointment only). We will be closed on Fridays.

Starting August 6th we will resume our regular office hours Monday - Friday: 8:00 am - 4:30 pm.

•  Optional Practical Training for graduating students— F-1 students who will be graduating in May 2018 and plan to apply for post-completion optional practical training are reminded that they should schedule an appointment with an OISS advisor as soon as possible to complete their OPT application.

F-1 students who have not yet begun the practical training application process are urged to do so soon, so that you will have the best possible opportunity to obtain your Employment Authorization Card in a timely manner. Currently, it is taking the USCIS Potomac Service Center approximately three months to process OPT employment authorization applications, however there is no guarantee that the process will not take longer. Employment cannot begin unless you have the card "in hand."


Graduating students who will not apply for practical training— Students who will be ending their studies in May but have no plans to apply for practical training (F-1), academic training (J-1) or continue at a new school or in a new field or level of study must depart the United States within sixty days of completion of their academic program if they are in F-1 status, or within thirty days if they are in J-1 status.   Please check the dates on your I-20s and DS-2019s. If you are graduating and the program date needs to be shortened, please come to the OISS.

•  Income Tax Information —International students 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 income tax sessions. There are only two more days of tax sessions scheduled before the tax filing deadline: Thursday, April 5 2:00 p.m. and 3: 00p.m. in Kirschman Hall 222 and Wednesday April 11, 2:00 p.m. and 3 p.m. in Kirschman Hall 222. For more information on the tax sessions, please check: . Please remember the deadline for filing taxes is Tuesday, April 17, 2018.


•  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 May 2018 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 bachelor's and commencing master's or completing master's and commencing PhD) will need to request their new I-20 at OISS. Updated financial documents are needed.

Graduating or departing students (not returning) - If you are graduating this semester or leaving UNO, let OISS know your plans. You can come into our office or email .

•  Returning to your home country

•  Transferring to another university in the United States

•  Returning to UNO for another degree program and/or a new level of the same program

If you are graduating and would like to apply for Optional Practical Training (OPT) or Academic Training, make an appointment with an OISS advisor as soon as possible.

Students in F-1 status who are graduating and are not going to pursue Optional Practical Training (OPT), not transferring to a new U.S. school nor beginning a new degree program in the U.S. are required to depart the U.S. within 60 days of the end date on the I-20 or the completion of studies date.  Students in J-1 status are required to depart the U.S. within 30 days of the end date on the DS-2019, or the end of their programs. Please check the dates on your I-20s and DS-2019s. If you are graduating and the program date needs to be shortened, please come to OISS.

Returning Students - Make sure to check your university student account to ensure that all university fees are assessed correctly, and make sure to pay your fee bill by May 30 at 4:30 pm for summer and August 13 at 4:30 pm for fall to avoid late fees.

•  Complete and submit the OISS “Change of Address” form (available on OISS website) within 10 days of moving.

•  All students must submit a new Insurance Coverage Evaluation Form each semester . Insurance requirements and forms are available at .

•  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).

•  Travelling over Summer 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 . 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. If you need a travel signature, please bring your I-20 or DS-2019 in to OISS for processing at least 10 days before your trip.

**You must be registered for the fall 2018 semester in order for OISS to process a travel signature. **

Fall classes are scheduled to begin on Monday, August 20, 2018. Please be sure to make your travel arrangements to return to New Orleans in time.


•  Travel Information Session - The OISS will hold a travel information session on Wednesday, April 11 at 12:00 p.m. in the International Center Student Lounge. The session is open to all F-1 and J-1 students and we encourage you to attend especially if you plan on traveling during the summer. Advisors will provide guidance on travel within and outside the United States and answer any travel related questions you might have.


•  Counseling Services presents: Time and Stress Management Workshop - Feeling stressed or that there aren't enough hours in the day? Learn strategies aimed at reducing stress and creating a more balanced lifestyle. The workshop will be held from 12:30-1:30 on Wednesday, April 18 in the International Center Student Lounge.

•  Have you ever received a new I-20 or DS-2019 from OISS? What should you do with your old I-20 or DS-2019? You should always keep any immigration documents that have been issued to you, even when you are given a new document with updated information or transfer to a new school. The forms I-20 or DS-2019 issued to you throughout your time in the U.S. are a record of your immigration status and these original documents will be needed in the future to apply for immigration benefits. Do not throw these documents away. Always keep them in a safe place for your records.

•  BCM Events - On Apr. 21st, the BCM will take students to the Louisiana Audubon Nature Center. The Nature Center has beautiful nature trails to enjoy that are only a short distance away in New Orleans East. This is a free trip and transportation will be provided. We will meet at the UC at UNO at 9:30 am and return to UNO around noon. For more information, please visit the Explore Nature Center website. If you would like to go on the trip, please register by April 19th by emailing Kimberly Myers ( or for more information about the trip, contact Kimberly.


•  Jazz Fest 2018— The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival is a highlight of New Orleans' unique culture and musical heritage. The first weekend of Jazz Fest 2018 begins on Friday, April 27 and goes through Sunday, May 6. Check the music lineup and information on tickets for the 2018 festival at: .

•  French Quarter Fest – The French Quarter Festival is the largest free music festival in the U.S. that brings music and food fans to New Orleans's oldest neighborhood every April. In 2018, the free, four-day music and culture festival will be held April 12 to 15. Enjoy over 300 hours of entertainment featuring more than 400 musical performances on twenty-three stages throughout the French Quarter over four days. It will also feature traditional, South Louisiana food from a host of vendors. For more information visit: .

•  New Orleans Fairs and Festivals — Festival season in New Orleans has begun! Check out a list of fairs and festivals throughout the New Orleans area at Gambit's 2018 Guide to Louisiana Fairs and Festivals


•  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 2018 University Calendar— To view the official university calendar for Spring 2018, please go to the following link:


Important April/May Dates

April 2: Registration for 2018 Summer and 2018 Fall Semester begins

April 6: Last date for thesis & dissertation defenses to be held for Spring 2018 Graduate degree candidates

May 1: Last day of classes

May 4-10: Final examination period

May 11: COMMENCEMENT at 3:00 p.m. at Lakefront Arena

May 15: Final grades available on Web-STAR

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 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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