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

Labor Day Holiday
8/29/2016 – In observance of Labor Day, Monday, September 5, all UT Dallas administrative departments, including the International Center will be closed. Please plan accordingly.

Post-Completion OPT Workshop Mandatory Fall 2016
8/29/2016 – Beginning Fall 2016, F-1 students are required to complete the in-person OPT workshop or the eLearning online OPT workshop before applying for post-completion OPT. Visit Optional Practical Training for more details.

Pre-Recorded Calls from ISSO
8/15/2016 – Beginning Fall 2016, you can expect to receive pre-recorded phone messages from the ISSO regarding the maintenance of your immigration status. Please follow the instructions in the message to maintain your status.

OPT Denials
7/11/2016 – The ISSO has seen an increase in OPT denials due to applications being received by USCIS more than 30 days after the DSO’s recommendation in SEVIS. F-1 students who receive this denial are faced with limited options such as reapplying for OPT or filing a motion to reopen or reconsider. To avoid a denial make sure the date your OPT I-20 was issued is less than 30 days in the past when mailing your packet to USCIS. You may also request an OPT I-20 Reprint prior to mailing your application to USCIS. If your application is denied you may consult an ISSO advisor to discuss your options.

UTD Financial Affidavit Update
7/11/2016 – The amount of funding on the UTD Financial Affidavit, which is needed to issue I-20 forms for changes of level, adding dependents, etc., will be updated Sept. 7. Visit the ISSO Estimated Expenses for I-20 webpage for additional information.

Go to Immigration Newsletter for more information >>