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Students and Scholars

International Center 125
University of New Orleans
2000 Lakeshore Drive
New Orleans, LA 70148

Phone: (504) 280-6021
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Issue #8—May 2011

 •  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 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.

•  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.

•  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 at . 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 summer or fall 2011 semester in order for OISS to process a travel signature.**

Fall classes are scheduled to begin on Monday, August 22. Please be sure to make your travel arrangements to return to New Orleans in time.

•  No advising on May 17: Please note that there will be no advisors available for walk-in hours or appointments after 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, May 17.

•  Optional Practical Training for graduating students: F-1 students who will be graduating in May 2011 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 to have the best possible opportunity to obtain your employment authorization card in a timely manner. Currently, it is taking the USCIS Texas Service Center approximately three months to process OPT employment authorization applications. 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.  

•  Palestinian Culture Night is being presented by the General Union of Palestine Students (GUPS) on Tuesday, May 3 from 6:00-9:00 p.m. at the UNO Alumni Center Ballroom. It is an evening aimed at celebrating the cultural significance of Palestine through various Palestinian traditions including dance, fashion, traditional Palestinian cuisine and more. Tickets are $5 in advance and $8 at the door. For more information, contact Shaden Murad at .

•  Celebrate the Indian spirit with Indian actor Jagdish N. Patel at India Night 2011. The cultural show and dance will be presented by SVVS Temple and the Chakra Indian Student Association (CISA) on Friday, May 13 from 6:00 to 10:00 p.m. in the Lindy C. Boggs International Conference Center, 1 st floor Auditorium. The conference center is labeled as “II” on the Campus Map: . Tickets are $10 for students and can be purchased from Dr. CV at 504-304-1461 or . Refreshments will be served.

•  Jazz Fest 2011— The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival is a highlight of New Orleans' unique culture and musical heritage. The second weekend of Jazz Fest 2011 begins on Thursday, May 5 through Sunday, May 8. Check the music lineup and information on tickets for the 2011 festival at .

•  Spring Semester Campus Events— For a calendar of events taking place on campus this month, check out UNO's Event Calendar at: .
•  Spring Semester 2011 University Calendar— To view the official university calendar for Spring 2011, please go to the following link: .

Important May Dates

May 6: Final day of classes

May 7-13: Final exams

May 20: COMMENCEMENT at 7:00 p.m. at Lakefront Arena

May 27: Final date to drop course(s) or resign from the University for the Intersession

May 30: Intersession 2011 classes end

May 31: Intersession final exams

Important Fall 2011 dates  

August 18: Last date to pay without late fee charge

August 20: Saturday classes begin

August 22: Regular classes begin

August 26: Deadline to pay fees for Late Registration (4:30 p.m.)

Deadline to submit Insurance Coverage Evaluation Form (4:30 p.m.)


OISS Spring/Summer 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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