Reporting Requirements

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) requires F-1 students to maintain their F-1 records through a number of reporting procedures throughout the course of their F-1 status.

Upon arrival to the campus:

  • Attend international student orientation. Your arrival will then be reported to DHS by the International Student Services Office (ISSO).
  • Complete the Immigration Document Verification (IDV) requirement. Submit copies of :
    • Signed Form I-20,
    • Form I-94
    • F-1 visa (except citizens of Canada and Bermuda)
  • Update the UT Dallas Galaxy with your new local address. This must happen within 10 days of obtaining your new address. Your new address will then be reported to DHS by the ISSO.

At all times during F-1 status:

  • Name as listed on your passport. You must notify the ISSO within 10 days of the change. The ISSO will notify DHS.
  • Visa type or immigrant status. You must notify the ISSO within 10 days of the change.
  • Change of dependent’s official name, address, visa status or permanent departure from U.S. You must notify the ISSO within 10 days of the change. The ISSO will notify DHS.
  • Permanent departure from U.S. prior to graduation. You must notify the ISSO within 10 days of the change. The ISSO will notify DHS.

While an enrolled student:

  • Update the UT Dallas Galaxy with changes to your address. This must happen within 10 days of obtaining your new address. Your new address will then be reported to DHS by the UT Dallas ISSO Office.
  • When changing your major at UT Dallas, Department of Homeland Security must be notified. Expect to receive a new I-20 from the ISSO Office. This I-20 reflects the new major and verifies that Department of Homeland Security was notified. If you do not receive this I-20 by the first day of class, visit with an International Student Advisor to confirm that your change of major has been accurately reported.
  • When changing your educational level at UT Dallas, Department of Homeland Security must be notified. After your admission to the new level, submit the appropriate financial documents to the ISSO to receive a new I-20. Once issued, this I-20 reflects the new level and verifies that Department of Homeland Security was notified. This must be completed within 30 days of the beginning of your new program.

While authorized for Optional Practical Training and H-1B Cap Gap Relief:

  • Update the UT Dallas Galaxy AND the ISSO with your new address. This must happen within 10 days of obtaining your new address. Your new address will then be reported to DHS by the UT Dallas ISSO Office.
  • Initial employment or changes of employment. You must notify the ISSO within 10 days of the change. The ISSO will notify DHS.
  • Periods of unemployment. You must notify the ISSO within 10 days of the change. The ISSO will notify DHS.
  • Current employment information (STEM extension OPT only). You must notify the ISSO within 10 days of any change AND at 6 and 12 months after the extension start date. The ISSO will notify DHS.

For more information about any F-1 reporting requirement, please contact an international student advisor.

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