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 December
- Changing to F-1 Status Workshop
- 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.
- J-1 Employment Workshop
- Graduation and Beyond
- 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.
- 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.
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.
- 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.
- New Passport Photograph Requirement
As of Nov. 1, 2016 no glasses will be allowed in passport photos. Read more
- 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.
Go to Immigration Newsletter for more information >>