Immigration News

Immigration Workshops

Travel outside U.S.

Are you traveling outside the U.S. over summer break? The ISSO is offering Travel Workshops during the following times:
  • 1:00pm to 2:30pm on Tuesday, April 22, Student Services Bldg. 3rd Floor, Room 3.107(B)
  • 2:00pm to 3:30pm on Tuesday, April 29, Student Services Bldg. 3rd Floor, Room 3.107(B)

Bring a picture ID and your most recent I-20/DS-2019.  We will give you valuable information on renewing your F/J visa and re-entering the U.S. We will also provide travel signatures and status letters for those who need them.

Changing to F-1 Status

Are you a prospective or current UTD international student who would like to change your non-immigrant status to F-1? The ISSO is offering Change of Status Workshops during the following times:
  • 2:30pm  to 4:00pm on Tuesday, April 22, Student Services Bldg. 3rd Floor, Room 3.107(B)
  • 3:30pm to 5:00pm on Tuesday, May 13, Student Services Bldg. 3rd Floor, Room 3.107(B)
  • 2:00pm to 3:30pm on Tuesday, May 20, Student Services Bldg. 3rd Floor, Room 3.107(B)
  • 2:00pm to 3:30pm on Tuesday, June 10, Student Services Bldg. 3rd Floor, Room 3.107(B)
  • 2:00pm to 3:30pm on Tuesday, July 8, Student Services Bldg. 3rd Floor, Room 3.107(B)

Come learn everything you need to know about changing to F-1 in the United States or by traveling outside the United States. We will cover the application process, pros and cons and well as considerations when changing to F-1 from specific visa types.


Last 8843 Tax Form Workshop

04/09/2014

The last workshop to get assistance in preparing your 8843 tax form (only for students who did not receive any U.S. source income) is on Friday, April 11 at 1:00 pm in SSB 3.107.  If you received any U.S. source income, visit the ISSO Tax webpage for more information.


Prepare for Summer Travel

04/09/2014

Many international students choose the summer semester to travel.  For specific details on what immigration documents to carry, visit the ISSO webpages for Traveling Inside the U.S.  and Traveling Outside the U.S.


H-1B Cap Gap Relief

04/09/2014

If a U.S. business submitted an H-1B petition on your behalf, you may be eligible to obtain a Cap Gap Status Verification Letter and/or an H-1B Cap Gap Extension I-20  from the ISSO.  Find more information at the ISSO H-1B Cap Gap Relief webpage.


F-1 Change of Level

04/09/2014

If you will finish a degree program or end OPT in Spring 2014 and will begin or continue another degree program in Summer or Fall 2014, apply for a Change of Level I-20.  If you will travel abroad, you will need this I-20 to re-enter the United States.  For application information, visit the ISSO Change of Level webpage.


F-1 Optional Practical Training

04/09/2014

If you will graduate in the Spring 2014 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.


Student Health Insurance Upcoming Changes

04/09/2014

The UT System is in the process of changing the health insurance requirements for international students.  While the official policy statement is not yet available, the changes will include a requirement that insurance coverage for international students beginning  Fall 2014, be fully compliant with the federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA).  For more information visit the Student Health Center Waiver webpage.


Summer Health Insurance Coverage

04/09/2014

If you will not enroll in classes at UT Dallas in the summer but will remain in the U.S., we recommend that you maintain continuous insurance coverage.  Visit the Student Health Center Purchasing Insurance webpage for summer insurance information.  If you are a J-1 visa holder, ensure that you have summer coverage to meet the J-1 mandatory  health insurance requirement.

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