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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 #61—June 2018


•  Are You Graduating in Summer 2018 and Plan to Apply for Optional Practical Training?

Students in F-1 status who will be graduating in Summer 2018 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 3 to 4 months 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 between August and October, now is the time to start the application process!

Your application must be received by the USCIS Service Center no later than 60 days following your degree completion date, which is August 06, 2018 for Summer 2018 graduates.

Please come in during walk-in hours to meet with an advisor about the application process.

•  Important Information for Those Who Will Graduate in Summer 2018

OISS reminds students that if you will graduate in Summer 2018, you must do two things:

•  You must be registered for the Summer.

•   You must file an "Application for Degree" with the Registrar's Office online at . The deadline to file for graduation is Friday, June 15, 2018.


•  Departing the U.S. and not returning to UNO? UNO students who will not be returning to the University for the Fall 2018 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.

•  Are you ready for hurricane season? Hurricane season officially begins on June 1 and lasts through November 30. Make sure that you have an evacuation plan BEFORE a hurricane comes. You can come by our office to pick up Evacuation Guides and packing lists. Also take a look at our hurricane preparedness handout on our website: Hurricane Evacuation Information

•  Insurance Coverage: Medical insurance coverage is required for international students and the fee will be automatically placed on your summer fee bill. You may apply for a waiver of this fee by printing the Insurance Coverage Evaluation Form and having it completed by your insurance company. Insurance coverage must begin no later than the first day of classes (June 4 th ) and extend at least through the end of final exams (July 31 st ). Requests for insurance waivers must be submitted to OISS no later than 4:30 p.m. on June 7, 2018 for summer. For more information about health insurance, please visit our website at: . **Please Note: The University is in the process of changing its health insurance provider beginning fall 2018. We will send out updates as we receive them.

•  French Market Creole Tomato Festival  - The French Market's Creole Tomato Festival features food booths, live music, children's activities, fresh Creole tomatoes for sale, cooking demonstrations and a Creole tomato-eating contest. The festival will take place between 10 a.m. – 7 p.m., June 9-10 and admission is free. For more information check out the website: .

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

Important June Dates

June 4: Classes begin

June 7: Late schedule adjustment period. Deadline to pay fees for final registration/schedule adjustment

June 15: Deadline to file an Application for Degree for Summer 2018 Graduation


OISS Summer 2018 Schedule  – Just a remainder that OISS will be closed on Fridays from May 14 - August 3. We will be open Monday - Thursday: 8:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. Any student wishing to come in between 4:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. must make an appointment. Starting August 6 we will resume our regular office hours Monday - Friday: 8:00 am - 4:30 pm.


OISS Summer Walk-In Hours

Monday & Thursday       8:00 am -12:00 pm
                                           2:00 pm-4:00 pm
Tuesday            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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