| Office of International
Students and Scholars
Office of International
Phone: (504) 280-6021
Issue #74—January/February 2020
Welcome to all of the new international students for the spring 2020 semester, and welcome back to all of the continuing international students. We wish you all a successful semester!
Have you moved recently? —International students and scholars in F or J status can fulfill their federal SEVIS requirements by reporting their change of address by filling out a change of address form and then dropping it off at the OISS in IC 125. Any address changes need to be reported within 10 days of moving. Student address changes will then be updated in the University's database, as well as in SEVIS.
Did You Travel Abroad During Intersession? — If you obtained a new visa or passport while you were away, please come to OISS with your passport and visa documents so we can make copies for your files. Also, please remember to make copies for your own records of your passport and visa, as well as print your I-94 form each time you are issued a new one. Make sure to keep all these documents in a safe place.
Insurance Information for Spring— If you have purchased an alternate insurance plan and would like to waive the insurance charge on your UNO fee bill, please take a look at the Insurance Coverage Evaluation Form for the Spring 2020 semester http://oiss.uno.edu/InsForms/F1Spring20.pdf . Dates for coverage are listed on the form. Insurance forms for spring must be turned in no later than 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, January 23, 2020 . Late requests will not be accepted.
For more information about the University insurance and the waiver form, please see: http://oiss.uno.edu/UNOinsurancereq2.cfm .
Optional Practical Training (OPT) Information Session —The first OPT information session for the spring semester will be on Friday, February 21, 2020 at 2:30 PM, location ED 208. 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. If you are unable to attend the session on February 21, there is a second session scheduled for Thursday, March 19, 2020 at 2:30 p.m. location TBA. Information sessions are open to all F-1 students and we encourage you to attend, especially if you will be graduating in May 2020.
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 tax sessions. These tax sessions will be scheduled for the end of February and 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:
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). Please make sure to do this well in advance so that your plans are in keeping with immigration regulations and UNO policies.
Be a part of International Night 2020 — The International Student Organization is recruiting committee members to help organize the largest annual student-run event at UNO: International Night 2020. Committee members will be given the opportunity to meet people of different backgrounds, gain leadership experience, and get involved at UNO. Weekly meetings will begin the week of January 20 th . If you are interested or for more information please email ISO President Jose Lozano at firstname.lastname@example.org .
Counseling Services presents - Let's Get Organized!
Wednesday, January 22 nd , 12:30-1:30 PM, Library Commons (Between the LRC Room 126 and the computer lab on the first floor of the library) . Join Counseling Services and the Learning Resource Center to fight procrastination and start the semester off on the right foot! Bring your own planner/calendar or just stop by for time management resources and learn tips/tricks to get organized this spring!
The HUB presents – Get to Know the HUB!
Wednesday, February 12 th , 12:00-1:00 PM, International Student Lounge. Come out to learn more about your Student Care Coordinators and the resources, support services, and programs they offer to help students define and achieve their goals.
Spring Semester 2020 University Calendar — To view the official university calendar for Spring 2020 please go to the following link: https://www.uno.edu/index.php/registrar/bulletin/important-dates#spring .
January 8: Deadline to pay tuition and fees for Spring 2020. Students not paid by 4:30 p.m. will be purged and will be required to re-enroll. Late Registration Fees will apply.
January 13: FIRST DAY OF CLASSES
January 20: Martin Luther King Holiday—University Closed
January 23: Final date to drop course(s) and receive 100% refund. After this date, there is no refund for drops *
Final date to add courses, change sections, or change from audit to credit.
January 31: Final date to drop course(s) or resign and not have course(s) recorded *
February 17-21: Mid-semester examinations
February 24-29: Mardi Gras/Spring Break
UNIVERSITY OFFICES WILL BE CLOSED FEBRUARY 24-25
*You must consult with an advisor from OISS before dropping any classes
OISS January Walk-In Hours
Monday & Thursday 8:00 am -12:00 pm
OISS February Walk-In Hours
Monday & Thursday 2:00 pm-4:00 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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