Immigration News

The ISSO releases a monthly newsletter to keep you informed of relevant immigration changes from USCIS and the International Center.

  • ISSO Immigration Workshops Available in November


The ISSO puts on many workshops for students during the Fall. See below for opportunities that might interest you.

OPT Workshops for F-1 Students
Learn about the OPT application process, reporting requirements, employment, and travel considerations on Thursday, Nov. 3, Thursday, Nov. 10 and Friday, Nov. 18 from 2:30 – 3:45 p.m. in SSB 3.107.

Overseas Travel for International Students
Topics include procedures for renewing your visa and what to expect when re-entering the U.S. Bring your most recent I-20 or DS-2019 and a picture ID, so advisors can provide a travel signature and a status letter to you if you need them. The workshop takes place on Tuesday, Nov. 15 from 2 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. in SSB 3.107.

J-1 Employment Workshop
Learn about J-1 employment opportunities such as On-Campus Employment, Academic Training, and Economic Necessity. The workshop takes place on Tuesday, Nov. 29 from 2 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. in SSB 3.107.

  • Optional Practical Training (OPT) Resources

Post-Completion OPT Workshop Mandatory Beginning Fall 2016
F-1 students applying for Optional Practical Training (OPT) are now required to complete either the in-person OPT workshop or the OPT eLearning workshop before applying for post-completion OPT. Only students who have applied for Fall 2016 graduation will have access to the OPT eLearning workshop.

OPT Packet Review Instructional Video
Avoid waiting in line and review your OPT application packet yourself! The ISSO has created a post-completion OPT application packet instructional video to assist students with reviewing the documents required by USCIS to apply for post-completion OPT.

Form I-765 Instructional Video
Ready to apply for Post-Completion OPT? The ISSO has created an instructional video to assist F-1 students when completing the required USCIS Form I-765 needed for Post-Completion OPT applications. View the UT Dallas ISSO Form I-765 Instructional Video.

  • USCIS News

USCIS Filing Fee Increases
USCIS recently announced fee increases for many USCIS applications and petitions effective Dec. 23, 2016. This includes Form I-765 Application for Employment Authorization and Form I-539 Application to Extend/Change Nonimmigrant Status. For I-765 OPT applications, the fee will increase to $410. For I-539 change of status, reinstatement, and economic hardship applications, the fee will increase to $370. Applications and petitions postmarked or filed on or after Dec. 23, must include these new fees or USCIS will reject your submission.

New Passport Photograph Requirement
Beginning Nov. 1, USCIS will no longer accept passport photographs with glasses. If mailing your OPT application on or after Nov. 1, please make sure that your passport photographs do not contain glasses.

Report Labor Abuses
USCIS is committed to helping protect the rights of foreign workers in the United States. You can report suspected unethical or illegal conduct to these federal agencies.

Temporary Protected Status Extended for Nepal
The Department of Homeland Security has extended the Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for eligible nationals of Nepal (and those without nationality who last habitually resided in Nepal) for an additional 18 months, effective Dec. 25, 2016, through Jun. 24, 2018.

  • International Center Closed For Fall Break


The International Center will be closed on Thursday, Nov. 24 and Friday, Nov. 25 due to the fall break. Processing, advising and mail services will not be available during this time. Please plan accordingly.

  • Collect All Documents and Mail from ISSO Within 30 Days


ISSO will shred any mail or immigration documents at our office not collected within 30 days of ISSO notifying you to collect your document. ISSO will notify you first by email and/or phone at least twice so that you may make arrangements to collect your documents or have them sent to you by regular or express mail.

  • New UT Dallas STEM Major


UT Dallas has been approved to offer a Master of Science in Financial Engineering and Risk Management to be administered by the Naveen Jindal School of Management. This program is effective Spring 2017.

  • Scam Alert


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 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.