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 and Webinars Available in October
10/24/2016 – The ISSO puts on many workshops and webinars for students during the Fall. See below for opportunities that might interest you.

OPT Workshops for F-1 Students
Learn about the OPT application process, reporting requirements, employment, and travel considerations on Friday, Oct. 28 from 2:30 - 3:45 p.m. in SSB 3.107.

Extending OPT Employment with STEM Webinar
Learn about the STEM OPT application process, eligibility, employment, and reporting requirements. Have your STEM OPT questions answered in real time via eLearning. For application information visit the ISSO STEM Optional Practical Training webpage. **Please note, you can only join the webinar 1 hour prior to the start time. It is suggested you allow 30 to 45 minutes for software download and installation.

Check Your Current Address and Phone Number
10/24/2016 – USCIS requires F-1 and J-1 students to maintain a current address and phone number. Check your address and phone number in Galaxy and update if necessary.

Post-Completion OPT Workshop Mandatory Beginning Fall 2016
10/24/2016 – If you will graduate in the Fall 2016 semester, you may be eligible for post-completion Optional Practical Training (OPT). F-1 students applying for OPT are now required to complete the OPT workshop in-person or via eLearning before applying for post-completion OPT.
**Please note, only students who have applied for Fall 2016 graduation will have access to the OPT eLearning workshop.

Form I-765 Instructional Video
10/24/2016 – Ready to apply for Post-Completion OPT? The ISSO has created an instructional video to assist F-1 students when completing the required USCIS Form I-765 needed for Post-Completion OPT applications. View the UT Dallas ISSO Form I-765 Instructional Video.

Maintain Full Time Enrollment Throughout the Semester
10/24/2016 – Even if you have valid academic reasons to withdraw from your classes, if you drop below full-time enrollment without prior authorization from the ISSO, you will not be able to maintain your F-1 status. If you are concerned about the impact of your grades on your immigration status, meet with an ISSO immigration advisor to talk about your options.

Go to Immigration Newsletter for more information >>