May 17 Update:  The Office of International Students and Scholars will be operating remotely on Friday, May 17 in order to support the various commencement activities taking place that day on the uptown campus.

OISS Office Closure May 27-31: From May 27 to May 31, our office will be closed.  May 27, Tulane University is closed in observance of Memorial Day.  May 28- May 31, the entire OISS team will be attending the NAFSA Annual Conference.  As the most important annual event for international educators, this conference will provide our team with vital updates and ideas that will help us to better serve our international community. 

If you have any timely requests, such as an OPT, CPT, or Academic Training application or a program extension, please be sure to get complete application to your OISS advisor no later than Friday, May 17 to allow for 3 to 5 business days for processing.  If not, we may not be able to complete your request before the conference. 

During this time, we’ll be monitoring our email for true immigration emergencies, but please be sure to expect a delay in our response.  We’ll still be there if you really need us. 

Thank you for your cooperation,

The OISS Team

Optional Practical Training E-Form Available for F-1 Students

Moving forward, F-1 students will now be able to apply for OPT via E-Form, which is already available.  Instead of emailing scanned documents to OISS, students will now be able to submit them via this new e-form.  Once the form is submitted, an advisor will review it within 5 – 10 working days. If everything we received is correct, the student will receive an e-mail with further instructions, and their new OPT I-20. We hope that this form will offer a more convenient and organized method for submitting OPT applications to OISS, and for us to return the document back to the student.

There is no reason to resubmit applications that were previously filed and are being processed. Additionally, we will still be accepting e-mail applications until April 15. After that point, students must use the new e-form.

To access the e-form and more general information about OPT please visit our main OPT website.

We look forward to rolling out this improved process.  As always, if you have any questions please ask.