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

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.

ISSO Immigration Workshops Available in August
8/3/2016 – The ISSO puts on many workshops for students during the Fall. See below for opportunities that might interest you.

OPT Workshop for F-1 Students
Learn about the OPT application process, reporting requirements, employment, and travel considerations on Thursday, August 18 from 2:30pm to 3:45pm in SSB 3.107 and on Friday, August 26 from 2:30pm to 3:45pm in the Student Union Galaxy Rooms.

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, August 23.

Fall ISSO Service Updates
8/1/2016 – Beginning Aug. 1, the ISSO is making the following adjustments:

  • Phone and walk-in advising services. Available on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday from 10 a.m. – 4:45 p.m. only. Advising will not be available on Wednesdays or Fridays.
  • Weekly webinars. Topics include OPT and STEM OPT Reporting, Change of Status, Graduating Student Tips, and more. Visit the Webinars for details.
  • Processing times for most requests will be 3-5 business days. Find tips on how to prepare your requests so that they will be completed as soon as possible.

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>>