Updated May 18, 2020
The OISS coordinated a workshop in collaboration with Helen Harnett, attorney at law at Pelton + Balducci LLC on May 13. International student and scholar rights to government and private resources was discussed.
If you are voluntarily moving out of your current rental soon, read the section at the bottom of this TULAP webpage “At the End of the Lease” to prepare for your departure.
We strongly encourage students to reach out to their landlords to see what accommodations they can make regarding rent. While many landlords are not waiving rent requirements entirely, they may be amenable to waiving late fees or portions of rent for a specified period. For an example script for talking to your landlord, visit this page.
You cannot be evicted from your rental without a legal process. If you are facing eviction, contact the Tulane Legal Assistance Program (TULAP) immediately at email@example.com or call (504) 581-9322. Read below for current conditions due to the coronavirus and visit this link for general eviction information. Visit the Southeast Louisiana Legal Services (SLLS) page to understand the Legal Rights of Tenants During COVID-19. SLLS also provides legal assistance related to evictions and other matters.
Current Eviction Conditions
Updated on May 18, 2020
Louisiana courts are currently closed due the stay-at-home order and cannot process evictions. The order is in effect until Friday, May 18 and may be extended further. After the order is lifted it is unknown when the courts will begin processing evictions again. You may be currently protected from eviction until August 24 if the property where you live receives federal support. The U.S. federal government has passed the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act, or CARES Act, which provides some temporary eviction protections. For any property that has a federally-backed mortgage or participates in other federal housing programs, the landlord cannot post an eviction notice until July 25, and the landlord must give 30 days’ notice of eviction, potentially extending the eviction date to August 24. It may not be possible for you as a tenant to find out if the CARES Act applies to the property where you live, but contact TULAP immediately if you are facing any threat of eviction.
All international students (undergraduate and graduate) can apply to live on the uptown campus this summer. Students will be placed in a single occupancy suite-style room that may share a bathroom with up to 1 other person. This housing would be located in a facility with access to a shared kitchen and access to free laundry machines. If you would like to live on campus, fill in the Housing Interest Form.
If you have a current and urgent financial need, please fill out the Tulane Emergency Fund application.
If you want to return to your home country and you’re having trouble finding or purchasing plane tickets, contact your nearest embassy or consulate. You can also visit this list of embassies offering Repatriation Assistance. If you have graduated or completed OPT, but you are not able to leave the US, contact OISS and/or make an appointment with immigration attorney Marco Balducci at TULAP to discuss options for maintaining valid immigration status.
Unemployment insurance are generally not taken into account by USCIS when making a public charge determination. International students may be eligible for unemployment and are welcome to apply. Applying for or receiving unemployment may not hinder applications for future immigration benefits/changes of status. If you have questions about your eligibility for unemployment or the impact on future immigration applications, please contact an immigration attorney. To file a claim, visit www.louisianaworks.net/hire or call the LWC Claim Center at 866-783-5567. Please review this website for more information about how to apply.”
Contact your loan provider to see what deferment options are available for mortgages, credit cards, and student loans.
Several internet service providers are providing reduced-price or free internet access, and Tulane IT has compiled a list to help you get started. Please visit this website for more details.
If you relied on Tulane technology to access hardware or software for coursework, IT has a variety of resources to help fill gaps following the university’s measures related to COVID-19. These may include loaner computers (while available), Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI), and other resources. Please contact Benny Dorris, bdorris@Tulane.edu, and explain your need.