International Student Services

About the ISSO

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

Immigration News

ISSO Immigration Workshops Available in December


The ISSO puts on many workshops for students during the SpringĀ See below for opportunities that might interest you.
      1. 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, Jan.Ā 10. Continuing international students can meet their International Orientation requirement by attending an F-1 COS Workshop.

      2. OPT Workshops for F-1 Students
        Learn about the OPT application process, reporting requirements, employment, and travel considerations on Thursday, Jan.12, 19, and 26 from 2:30 to 3:45 p.m. in SSB 3.107.

      3. J-1 Employment Workshop
        Learn about J-1 employment opportunities such as On-Campus Employment, Academic Training, and Economic Necessity. The workshop takes place from 2 to 3:30 p.m. in SSB 3.107 on Tuesday, Jan. 17.
Time Sensitive Notifications for F-1 Students


      1. Graduation and Beyond
        Before Feb.13. If you are an F-1 student, have completed your academic requirements and are remaining in the U.S. after Fall 2016 graduation, make appropriate preparations such as applying for OPT, starting another academic program or transferring out to another school.

      2. Change of Level
        Before Census Day, Jan. 25. Students who completed an academic program or ended OPT in the Fall 2016 semester and will continue or begin another degree program in the Spring 2017 semester, must obtain a Change of Level I-20 to maintain their F-1 status.

      3. Change of Major
        Census Day, Jan. 25. Students whose primary major will change to a different Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) code for the Spring 2017 semester, will be issued a Change of Major I-20 by the International Center beginning Census Day of the Spring 2017 semester. These students will receive an e-mail notification when their new I-20 is ready to pick up.
Updated UT Dallas STEM Eligible Programs

UT Dallas will offer a STEM eligible Master of Science in Financial Engineering and Risk Management beginning Spring 2017. Due to reclassification of the CIP code for both the PhD in Management Science and the MS in Management Science, these programs are now STEM eligible. Consult the ISSO for advising on how this may impact your eligibility for CPT and OPT.

      1. USCIS Filing Fee Increases
        Effective Dec. 23, 2016 the OPT Application fee will increase to $410. Applications and petitions postmarked or filed on or after Dec. 23, 2016 must include this new fee, or USCIS will reject your submission. Read more.

      2. New Passport Photograph Requirement
        As of Nov. 1, 2016 no glasses will be allowed in passport photos. Read more

      3. Temporary Protected Status Extended for Nepal
        The Department of Homeland Security has extended the Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for eligible nationals of Nepal (and those without nationality who last habitually resided in Nepal) for an additional 18 months, effective Dec. 25, 2016, through Jun. 24, 2018.

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