Immigration News


ISSO Immigration Workshops Available in October


Immigration Attorney Seminar Join the ISSO on Wednesday, October 15 at 1:30pm in the SU Galaxy Rooms to learn about the secrets and strategies for full-time employment for foreign nationals interested in remaining in the United States. The ISSO International Student Advisors will give you an overview of the extension of F-1 status under cap-gap regulations for students. Immigration Attorney David Swaim will then explain the transition from OPT to H-1B and Permanent Residency.

OPT Workshop for F-1 Students  Learn about the OPT application process, reporting requirements, and employment and travel considerations. Workshops take place from 2:30pm to 3:45pm in SSB3.107 on October 2, 9, 16, 23, and 30.

Changing to F-1 Status Workshop Learn about the application process to change your immigration status to F-1. Workshops take place from 2:00pm to 3:30pm in SSB3.107 on Tuesday, October 7 and 21.

Reduced Course Load Authorization


If you drop below full-time enrollment without prior authorization from the ISSO, you will not be able to maintain your F-1 status. If you are concerned about the impact of your grades on your immigration status, meet with an ISSO immigration advisor to talk about your options.

F-1 Optional Practical Training


The ISSO is now accepting post-completion OPT applications for Fall 2014 graduates. U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is currently taking 90 days or longer to adjudicate an OPT application. If you know you will graduate this semester, consider applying early for OPT. For more information attend an OPT workshop or visit the ISSO Optional Practical Training webpage.

Report Your OPT Employment/Validate your STEM OPT Employment


The U.S. Department of Homeland Security requires F-1 students on OPT or OPT 17-Month STEM Extension to:

  • Report any changes to employment or residential address within 10 days of the change.
  • Students on the OPT 17-Month STEM Extension must report employment and residential address at 6 and 12 months even if there have been no changes.

Meet this requirement by submitting the OPT Reporting Form to the ISSO when necessary. For more information visit the OPT Reporting webpage.

Student Attorney Services


UT Dallas Student Government offers free attorney consultations with a general attorney and an immigration attorney for currently enrolled students.  Contact Student Government by phone or email to schedule an appointment with either attorney.   For additional details visit the Student Government Attorney Services webpage.

SAVE Awareness Video


USCIS has published a SAVE Awareness video. The video helps you understand the immigration status verification process of the Systematic Alien Verification for Entitlements (SAVE) Program. Registered agencies use the SAVE Program to verify  immigration status and determine  eligibility for public benefits, such as Driver's License's and Social Security Cards.

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