ISSO Immigration Workshops Available in July
The ISSO puts on many workshops for students over the summer. See below for opportunities that might interest you. All workshops take place in SSB 3.107.
OPT Workshop for F-1 Students
Learn about the OPT application process, reporting requirements, employment, and travel considerations on Thursday, July 7, 14, and 21 from 2:30pm to 3:45pm and from 2:30pm to 3:45pm on Friday, June 29.
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 on Tuesday, July 26.
F-1 Optional Practical Training
If you will graduate in the Summer 2016 semester, you may be eligible for post-completion Optional Practical Training (OPT). For more information attend an OPT workshop or visit the ISSO Optional Practical Training webpage.
Last Date to Submit your STEM OPT Application For Additional 7 Months
Students currently on an approved 17 month STEM OPT who are eligible and wish to extend the additional 7 months must submit their STEM OPT application to USCIS on or before August 8. For more information visit the STEM OPT Extension webpage.
USCIS Potomac Service Center
All I-765 OPT applications mailed to the USCIS Texas Service Center are currently being forwarded to the USCIS Potomac Service Center for processing. Please continue to mail your I-765 OPT applications to the USCIS Texas Service Center as instructed.
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.
Change in STEM Eligible Major
The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board and UT System have approved a change of the Classification of Instructional Program (CIP) code and major name for the PhD Business Administration and Management, General program from 52.0201 to 52.1301. This change was effective starting Summer 2016. This will impact the name of the major shown on the Form I-20, and will now appear as Management Sciences. This program is now a STEM eligible program. The students effected by this change will receive an email notification from the ISSO and will receive an updated I-20 by July 8.
Fall ISSO Service Updates
Beginning August 1, the ISSO is making the following adjustments:
- Phone and walk-in advising services. Available on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday from 10 am – 4:45pm 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 https://www.utdallas.edu/icp/webinars/.
- Processing times for most requests will be 3-5 business days. See http://www.utdallas.edu/isso/processing-times/ for tips on how to prepare your requests so that they will be completed as soon as possible.
These changes will allow the ISSO to prioritize I-20 processing services and SEVIS regulatory requirements. For advising assistance, we encourage you seek information on the ISSO app, website and guides for answers to many basic questions. Your voice matters; we encourage you to tell us how we are doing.
UTD Financial Affidavit Update
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 September 7. Visit the ISSO Estimated Expenses for I-20 webpage for additional information.
USCIS Improved InfoPass Appointment Scheduler
USCIS launched a refresh of InfoPass, the online system that lets you schedule an appointment at a USCIS office. For more information, visit the USCIS InfoPass webpage.
Be aware of scams on and off campus. Common scams involve receiving an email or call from someone claiming to be from a trusted source such as a bank, sweepstakes company, or even a government agency such as the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), USCIS, or Department of Homeland Security (DHS). Do not respond to any demands made by phone or email. Do not deposit money in unknown accounts or provide your credit information to persons unknown to you. If you receive such a call, contact UT Dallas Police at 972-883-2222 to report any suspicious activity. Learn more about how to avoid scams on the DHS website.