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Office of International
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Issue #72—October 2019
Please note: OISS will be closed on October 10 th and 11 th for mid-semester break. We will re-open on Monday, October 14 th at 8:00 a.m. Please keep this in mind if you need to pick up a document or speak to an advisor.
OPT Information Session - The last OPT information session for the fall semester will be on Thursday, October 24 at 2:30 p.m. in ED 305R. Advisors will give a general overview of OPT and explain the application process. If you are graduating in December, you should plan on applying for OPT in October so make sure to contact an advisor as early as possible in October to make your application appointment. Information sessions are open to all F-1 students and we encourage you to attend, especially if you will be graduating in December 2019.
Career Services workshop – Tuesday, October 15, 2:30-3:30 PM, International Center Lounge
Travel and Re-entry Session - The OISS will hold a travel and re-entry information session on Thursday, October 17 at 12:30 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 winter break. Advisors will provide guidance on travel within and outside the United States and answer any travel related questions you might have.
Scam Warning – Students have reported phone calls from individuals falsely claiming to represent government offices. Be cautious when discussing personal details with unknown entities over the phone, and DO NOT provide your Social Security Number, bank account numbers, or other sensitive information. Please consult with an OISS advisor if you have any questions or concerns.
Fulltime enrollment - Just a friendly reminder that F-1 and J1 students are required to register full time for each term. You must have at least 12 credit hours if you are an undergraduate student and 9 credit hours if you are a graduate student to remain full time and in status. You are also required to be registered full time the entire semester.
Online Classes – No more than the equivalent of one online class or 3 credits per semester may count towards the “full course of study” requirement. This means that undergraduate students must have a minimum of 9 credit hours on-site and graduate students must have a minimum of 6 credit hours on-site.
Traveling outside the U.S during the semester – All international students should plan to travel outside the U.S during academic breaks and not during the Fall and Spring semesters while classes are in session. Traveling outside the U.S (two weeks or more) during the semester for personal/medical reasons will not be allowed without written permission from all your professors. If you are a graduate student, you will also need permission from the Graduate School.
Social media accounts and electronic devices – The Department of State (DOS) has added questions regarding social media accounts to visa applications. The U.S Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has now announced plans to begin requesting social media information on applications for immigration benefits. Please be aware that Customs and Border Protection Officers (CBP) have the authority to search any and all electronic devices such as mobile phones and laptops brought into the U.S. at a port of entry. In addition, CBP also has the authority to search the social media accounts of individuals entering the US if deemed necessary. News reports indicated several international students were denied entry or re-entry to the U.S. over the summer, presumably due to information found in social media accounts and/or on electronic devices.
Diversity Visa Program – The online registration period for the diversity visa lottery begins October 2 nd and ends on November 5 th . For more information about the program, please visit Travel.State.Gov . Make sure to carefully read all instructions, review all restrictions, and have all materials ready prior to submitting an application. Only one application is allowed and it must be completed in one sitting. There is no cost to register for the DV program. For instructions on how to apply for the 2021 Diversity Immigrant Visa or for FAQ's, please visit: https://travel.state.gov/content/dam/visas/Diversity-Visa/DV-Instructions-Translations/DV-2021-Instructions-Translations/DV-2021-Instructions-English.pdf
ISO World Cup Soccer Tournament— The World Cup Soccer Tournament will be presented by the International Student Organization on Saturday, October 19 from 9:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. on the fields behind the HPC. This event is a chance for you to show off your soccer skills and enjoy a day of fun competition between student teams. This tournament uses single-elimination, 8-on-8 style play. Registration is $15 per player and closes on Monday, October 7. Each team can register 8 to 10 players. Anyone is welcome to participate. For additional information or to register a team, email email@example.com or Jose Lozano at firstname.lastname@example.org .
ISO Halloween Fest! – Thursday, October 31 from 5-8 PM in the UC Gallery Lounge
Oktoberfest - Oktoberfest will take place on the weekends of October 4-5, 11-12, and 18-19, running from 4:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. on Fridays and 1:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. on Saturdays. Admission is $8 for adults and free for children under 12. The event will take place at Deutsches Haus' location on 1700 Moss St., New Orleans, LA 70119. For more information please visit: www.oktoberfestnola.com .
BCM October events:
Walmart Van Rides: Offered every Friday. Meet at 9 a.m. at Privateer Place Clubhouse, return around 10:30 a.m.
Coffee and Conversation: Every Wednesday, 11:30-12:30 in International Center Lounge. Free coffee and snacks provided. Come hang out and practice your English skills discussing various cultural topics.
The Great Pumpkin Race: Saturday, October 26, 5:30 p.m.-7:00 p.m.
Halloween Trick-or-Treat: Thursday, October 31, start at 6:30 p.m.
For more information about BCM or any of these events, contact Aaron Brewer at 205-394-1659 or email@example.com
Fall Semester Events — For a calendar of events taking place on campus check out UNO's Event Calendar at : http://calendar.uno.edu/MasterCalendar/studentlife.aspx
Fall Semester 2019 University Calendar — To view the official university calendar for Fall 2018, please go to the following link: http://www.uno.edu/registrar/bulletin/important-dates
Important October Dates
September 30 - October 4: Mid-semester Exams
October 1: Deadline to file an Application for Degree for December 2019 Commencement
October 10 - 11: Mid-semester Break (University will be CLOSED during the mid-semester break)
OISS Fall Walk-In Hours Reminder —
Monday & Thursday 8:00 am -12:00 pm
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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