International Student Services

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The International Student Services Office (ISSO) provides immigration information and support to UT Dallas students through workshops, individual student advising and outreach.

Immigration News


Travel Ban Remains Suspended

A U.S. court decision on 2/9/2017 temporarily prevents the U.S. government from enforcing some sections of Executive Order 13769 including the ban on entry of immigrants and nonimmigrants from Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen. Additional court proceedings will continue in the coming weeks regarding this Executive Order.


Certain Nationals Urged to Apply or OPT/STEM OPT As Soon as Possible

If you are an F-1 student from Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen, and you are currently eligible to apply for OPT or STEM OPT work authorization, the ISSO recommends that you submit your application to USCIS as soon as possible. For more information, contact an advisor.


Immigration Benefit Processing *

US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is now accepting and deciding applications, including Optional Practical Training (OPT), STEM OPT, and Change of Status (COS), regardless of the country of origin of applicants. The ISSO recommends that eligible students and alumni continue to apply for these immigrant benefits, comply with all filing deadlines, and respond to any Requests for Evidence as usual.

Travel * Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has suspended the recent travel restrictions outlined in Executive Order 13769. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officials will resume inspection and admission of travelers to the United States in accordance with standard policies and procedures in effect prior to the Order. Visa Issuance and Revocation * The Department of State has lifted the suspension of visa processing for nationals of Iran, Iraq, Libya, Syria, Sudan, Somalia and Yemen. All visas previously revoked are now valid for travel to the United States, if the traveler is otherwise eligible.

Immigration Resources and Support

The International Center (IC) recognizes that members of the UTD community may be affected by the recent executive order restricting foreign nationals from seven countries from entering the United States. IC is committed to providing support and information. Visit Immigration Resources and Support to find resources for impacted students, faculty, and staff.

ISSO Immigration Workshops Available in February

The ISSO puts on many workshops for students during the Spring See below for opportunities that might interest you.
    1. OPT Workshops for F-1 Students
      Learn about the OPT application process, reporting requirements, employment, and travel considerations on Thursday, February 2, 9, 16, and 23 from 2:30 p.m. to 3:45 p.m.. in SSB 3.107A.
    2. Changing to F-1 Status Workshop
      Learn about the application process to change your immigration status to F-1 from 2 to 3:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 10. Continuing international students can meet their International Orientation requirement by attending an F-1 COS Workshop.
    3. Journey From F-1 to H-1B and Beyond
      Use the immigration process to your advantage! On Tuesday, February 28 at 5:30 p.m. in the SU Galaxy Rooms A&B, learn about the secrets and strategies for U.S. full-time employment for international students: Extension of F-1 status under cap-gap regulations, transition from OPT to H-1B and Permanent Residency, and how to explain the benefits of sponsorship to your potential employer.

Go to Immigration Newsletter for more information >>