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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 #69—June 2019


•  Are You Graduating in Summer 2019 and Planning to Apply for Optional Practical Training?

Students in F-1 status who will be graduating in Summer 2019 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 5 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 5, 2019 for Summer 2019 graduates.

Please schedule an appointment to meet with an advisor about the application process.

•  Important Information for Those Who Will Graduate in Summer 2019

OISS reminds students that if you will graduate in Summer 2019, you must do two things:

•  You must be registered for the Summer 2019 semester.

•   You must file an "Application for Degree" with the Registrar's Office online at. . The deadline to file for graduation is Monday, July 1, 2019.


•  Departing the U.S. and not returning to UNO? UNO students who will not be returning to the University for the Fall 2019 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 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 3 rd ) and extend at least through the end of final exams (July 30 th ). Requests for insurance waivers must be submitted to OISS no later than 4:30 p.m. on June 6, 2019 for summer. For more information about health insurance, please visit our website at: .

•  I-94 Form Change Update: Beginning in May 2019, I-94 numbers will be alphanumeric. Instead of the previous 11-digit numeric I-94 admission numbers, newly issued I-94s will have 9 digits, 1 letter, and 1 digit following. Unexpired I-94s in the previous numeric format will still be valid until the Admit Until Date printed on the paper I-94 and/or the date displayed on the public I-94 website at .

•  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 8-9 and admission is free. For more information check out the website: .

•  Summer Semester 2019 University Calendar— To view the official university calendar for Summer 2019, please go to the following link:

Important June Dates

June 3: Classes begin

June 6: Late schedule adjustment period. Deadline to pay fees for final registration/schedule adjustment

OISS Summer 2019 Schedule  – Just a remainder that OISS will be closed on Fridays from May 20 – August 2. 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 Monday, August 5 th 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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