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 NewsISSO Immigration Workshops Available in May
OPT Workshops for F-1 Students Learn about the OPT application process, reporting requirements, employment, and travel considerations on Thursday, May 4, 11, 18, and 25 from 2:30pm to 3:45pm in SSB 3.107. Overseas Travel for International Students Topics include procedures for renewing your visa and what to expect when re-entering the U.S. Bring your most recent I-20 or DS-2019 and a picture ID, so advisors can provide a travel signature and a status letter to you if you need them. The workshop takes place from 2:00pm to 3:30pm in SSB3.107 on Tuesday, May 23. 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 2:00pm - 3:30pm in SSB 3.107 on Tuesday, May 30.
Change to F-1 Status from B-1/B-2 Status
If you are in B-1/B-2 status and requesting a change to F-1 status, you must file a separate application with USCIS if your current status will expire more than 30 days before your initial F-1 program start date or your F-1 program start date is deferred to the following academic term because your F-1 application is still pending with USCIS. For more information, visit USCIS Special Instructions for B-1/B-2 Visitors Who Want to Enroll in School.
USCIS Redesigns Green Cards and Employment Authorization Documents
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services announced a redesign to the Permanent Resident Card (also known as a Green Card) and the Employment Authorization Document (EAD) as part of the Next Generation Secure Identification Document Project. USCIS began issuing the new cards on May 1, 2017.
Executive Order: Buy American and Hire American
On April 18, 2017, President Trump signed an executive order entitled, "Buy American and Hire American." This executive order commits to the following: • Rigorous enforcement of the laws governing entry into the United States of workers from abroad. • Proposing new immigration rules and guidance. • Suggesting future reforms to help ensure that H-1B visas are awarded to the most-skilled or highest-paid petition beneficiaries. Speak with a qualified immigration attorney if you have questions regarding the impact of this order.
Immigration Scam Alert
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Office of Inspector General (OIG) issued a fraud alert on April 19, 2017, to warn the public about a scam using the DHS OIG hotline telephone number. Scammers have identified themselves as “U.S. Immigration” employees and have altered their caller ID to seem like the call is coming from the DHS OIG hotline (1-800-323-8603). If you receive a call demanding personal information or payment, hang up immediately. USCIS officials will never threaten you or ask for payment over the phone or in an email. If USCIS needs payment, they will mail a letter on official stationery requesting payment. Do not give payment over the phone to anyone who claims to be a USCIS official. If you receive such a call, contact UT Dallas Police at 972-883-2222 to report any suspicious activity. Learn more about how to avoid scams on the DHS website.
Go to Immigration Newsletter for more information >>