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.
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.
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>>