Immigration News

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

  • Travel Reminder

(01/04/2017)

Students in F-1 status who travel outside the United States and wish to re-enter in F-1 status should carry the following documents:

    • Passport valid for at least 6 months beyond re-entry
    • Valid F-1 visa
    • Valid SEVIS Form I-20 with travel endorsement
    • Evidence of financial resources
    • Evidence of student status (status verification letter, recent tuition receipts, transcripts)
    • If on OPT, valid EAD card and proof of employment
  • ISSO Immigration Workshops Available in January

(01/04/2017)

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

    1. Changing to F-1 Status Workshop
      Learn about the application process to change your immigration status to F-1 from 2:00pm to 3:30pm on Tuesday, January 10. Continuing international students can meet their International Orientation requirement by attending an F-1 COS Workshop.
    2. OPT Workshops for F-1 Students
      Learn about the OPT application process, reporting requirements, employment, and travel considerations on Thursday, January 12, 19, and 26 from 2:30pm to 3:45pm in SSB 3.107.
    3. 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, January 17.
  • Time Sensitive Notifications for F-1 Students

(01/04/2017)

    1. Graduation and Beyond
      Before February 13, 2017. If you are an F-1 student, have completed your academic requirements and are remaining in the U.S. after Fall 2016 graduation, make appropriate preparations such as applying for OPT, starting another academic program or transferring out to another school.
    2. Change of Level
      Before Census Day, January 25, 2017. Students who completed an academic program or ended OPT in the Fall 2016 semester and will continue or begin another degree program in the Spring 2017 semester, must obtain a Change of Level I-20 to maintain their F-1 status.
    3. Change of Major
      Census Day, January 25, 2017. Students whose primary major will change to a different Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) code for the Spring 2017 semester, will be issued a Change of Major I-20 by the International Center beginning Census Day of the Spring 2017 semester. These students will receive an e-mail notification when their new I-20 is ready to pick up.
  • International Center Closed for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

(01/04/2017)

UT Dallas and the International Center will be closed on Monday, January 16, 2017 in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. The International Center will re-open on Tuesday, January 17, 2017. All email and task processing requests will be delayed by one business day.

  • Spring Graduation OPT Dates

(01/04/2017)

If completing your academic program this semester and plan to apply for post-completion OPT, the ISSO will begin accepting OPT applications for Spring 2017 graduates on February 7, 2017. The last day USCIS can receive your OPT application is July 7, 2017. F-1 students applying for Optional Practical Training (OPT) are 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 Spring 2017 graduation will have access to the OPT eLearning workshop.

  • J-1 Exchange Visitor Health Insurance Documents Required

(01/04/2017)

J-1 students and J-2 dependents must submit proof of their health insurance for the Spring 2017 semester to the ISSO by Census Day, January 25, 2017. Submit copies of acceptable proof of insurance to the ISSO by e-mail at [email protected] or in person during office hours.

  • DHS Removes Special Registration Requirements

(01/04/2017)

DHS removed outdated regulations which required special registration for certain nonimmigrants. The National Security Entry-Exit Registration System (NSEERS) program has not been in use since 2011 and has now been removed from DHS regulations.

  • Update Addresses in Orion

(01/04/2017)

F and J students are required to update their current local address in Orion within 10 days of the change. Remember to check your current local address in Orion and update if necessary. You may also change your foreign address in Orion. For instructions, visit the Address Reporting webpage.

  • Winter Storms Season

(01/04/2017)

While severe winter storms are rare in Texas, the International Center would like you to be prepared.  Review the Winter Storms information on the UT Dallas Emergency Preparedness Information webpage for detailed information.  In the event that International Center staff are unavailable due to an emergency, call the UT Dallas Police Department at 972-883-2222. If the UT Dallas Police are unavailable, and you need critical immigration assistance or evacuation, contact the Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) at [email protected], or call 703-603-3400.