Immigration News

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

  • UT Dallas Immigration Forum


UT Dallas Student Government, the Mexican American Student Association (MASA), and the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) will host an Immigration Forum on Tuesday, April 11 from
6 – 8 p.m.
 at the TI Auditorium ECS 2.102. The event is cohosted by the Office of Diversity and Community Engagement and the International Center. Topics will include:

  • DACA
  • H1-B
  • Protesting Safely
  • Travel Bans
  • Know Your Rights and Resources
  • On-Campus Support Services

The forum is open to the UT Dallas community. You may RSVP online here.

  • ISSO Immigration Workshops Available in April


The ISSO puts on many workshops for students during the Spring. 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, April 6, 13, 20, and 27 from 2:30 – 3:45 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, April 18 from 2 – 3:30 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, April 25 from
    2 – 3:30 p.m. in SSB 3.107.

  • Suspension of the Visa Interview Waiver Program


Effective March 16, 2017, all individuals seeking a non-immigrant visa (including F and J visas) must participate in an in-person interview. Exceptions exist for certain diplomatic visa categories. For detailed information, review the DHS Factsheet and DHS Q&A.

  • Aviation Security Enhancements


On March 21, 2017 the Department of Homeland Security released Aviation Security Enhancements for Select Last Point of Departure Airports with Commercial Flights to the United States. It requires all passengers traveling from, or transiting into, 10 specific overseas airports to place all personal electronic devices (PDE’s) larger than a cell phone or smart phone in checked baggage. The measure will remain in effect indefinitely.

  • USCIS Temporarily Suspends H-1B Premium Processing


Starting Apr. 3, 2017, USCIS will suspend premium processing for all H-1B petitions. Premium processing allowed expedited processing for certain H-1B petitions. This suspension may last up to 6 months.

  • H-1B Filing Season


U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services began accepting H-1B petitions subject to the fiscal year 2018 cap on April 3, 2017. For more information on the H-1B nonimmigrant visa program and current Form I-129 processing times, visit the H-1B FY 2018 Cap Season webpage or call the National Customer Service Center at 800-375-5283 or 800-767-1833 (TDD for the hearing impaired).

  • Recent H-1B Policy Changes


On Mar. 31, 2017, USCIS released a policy memorandum regarding the evidence required to establish that the position is a specialty occupation as defined by law. In addition, on April 3, 2017, USCIS announced new initiatives to combat H-1B fraud and abuse.

  • USCIS Potomac Service Center and EAD Errors


Starting Apr. 17, 2017 the Potomac Service Center (PSC) will begin handling corrections to Employment Authorization Documents (EAD) that may be incorrect due to USCIS error. Refer to USCIS news alert for How to Request an EAD Correction.

  • USCIS Fee Payments


USCIS no longer offers a 14-day grace period to correct a failed fee payment. Also, USCIS will no longer hold benefit requests submitted without the correct biometric services fees. You must pay biometric services fees, if applicable, at the time of filing. USCIS will reject a benefit request if it is received without the correct biometric services fee, as specified in the form instructions.

  • Remember to Collect and Submit Signed Copies of Form I-20 to ISSO


Students are advised to collect their Form I-20 from the ISSO within 30 days of issuance or else the original Form I-20 will be shredded. After signing the Form I-20, please submit a copy of the signed I-20 to the ISSO for our records.

  • Taxes


All people who resided in the United States between January 1 and December 31 of 2016 must file a U.S. tax form. Refer to Intercultural Programs Taxes website for further information on filing and upcoming workshop opportunities. The deadline to file is April 18.

  • Immigration Scam Alert


A recent common scam involves receiving a call from someone claiming to be from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) or Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and threatening immediate deportation. You can hang up and end the call. 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.