OPT Workshop for F-1 Students. Learn about the OPT application process, reporting requirements, and employment and travel considerations. These workshops are held every Thursday in July at 2:30pm in SSB3.107.
Changing to F-1 Status Workshop. Learn about the application process to change your immigration status to F-1 on Tuesday, July 8 at 2:00pm in SSB3.107.
Engaging in Unpaid Employment on OPT
A student on Post-Completion OPT or a 17-Month Extension of OPT may work as a volunteer or unpaid intern, if the job is at least 20 hours a week and related to their degree program. However, students on OPT may not 'volunteer' at UT Dallas, unless it is a defined internship program out of the Career Center.
Students Approved for a Change of Status to H-1B
If you have been approved for a change of status from F-1 to H-1B, and you have not yet submitted a copy of your 1-797A Approval Notice to the ISSO, do so now. This will allow the ISSO to update your status in Orion and SEVIS. Be aware that your F-1 status and any remaining period of OPT will end on September 30, 2014.
In observance of Independence Day, Friday, July 4, UT Dallas university offices will be closed. Campus bus service, as well as DART off-campus service, will adjust to the Sunday schedule.
UTD Financial Affidavit Update
The amount of funding on the UTD Financial Affidavit, which is needed to issue I-20 forms for changes of level, adding dependents, etc., will be updated July 14th. Check the ISSO homepage later this month for updates. The Student Health Insurance requirement will also be updated for Fall 2014.
FMJFee.com is Going Mobile
All prospective F and M students who want to study in the United States must first pay the I-901 SEVIS fee on FMJfee.com before entering the country. To make the process easier, you can now access FMJfee.com on your mobile device.
U.S. Lawful Permanent Residents Statistics for 2013
A lawful permanent resident (LPR) or "green card" recipient is a person who has been granted lawful permanent residence in the United States. The Office of Immigration Statistics' Annual Flow Report presents information on the number and characteristics of persons who became LPRs in the United States during 2013.
ISSO Immigration Workshops in June
OPT Workshop for F-1 Students.Learn about the OPT application process, reporting requirements and employment and travel considerations. OPT workshops take place from 2:30pm to 3:45pm in SSB3.107 every Thursday in June.
Changing to F-1 Status Workshop.Learn about the application process to change your immigration status to F-1. The Changing to F-1 Status workshop takes place from 2:00pm to 3:30pm in SSB3.107 on Tuesday, June 10.
Last Date to Submit your OPT Application
If you graduated in the Spring 2014 semester and are interested in applying for OPT, the last date to submit your OPT I-20 application to the ISSO is Tuesday, July 1, 2014. USCIS must receive your OPT application on or before Friday, July 11, 2014. For more information attend an OPT workshop or visit the ISSO Optional Practical Training webpage.
Do you have a new job or are you looking for one?
Federal law requires your employer to have you complete the Form I-9 on your first day of work for pay. USCIS videos explain how to complete each section so you are prepared.
Proposed H-4 Work Authorization
A proposed U.S. Department of Homeland Security rule may make employment authorization available to H-4 spouses of H-1B, who either have an H-1B extension or are pending U.S. permanent residency. This proposal has not yet been made into law, so be cautious of scams.
Resource for Visa Applicants
If you will be renewing your F-1 visa this summer, stay informed of U.S. Embassy updates. On the USEmbassy website you will find news regarding new or reduced services for visa applicants specific to the U.S. Embassy or Consulate you may be visiting.
ISSO Immigration Workshops and Special Services Available in May
OPT Workshop for F-1 Students.Learn about the OPT application process, employment and travel considerations, and reporting requirements.
- 2:30pm to 3:45pm in SSB3.107 on the following Thursdays: May 22, 29
International Students Can Study Abroad too!
Some UT Dallas-approved study abroad programs allow F-1 students to study abroad and maintain full-time enrollment. For information on maintaining F-1 status while in a Study Abroad program, contact an International Student Advisor at ISSOCurrent@utdallas.edu. For information about Study Abroad opportunities and requirements, contact Karen E. Stepherson at firstname.lastname@example.org For general information about Study Abroad visit the Office of International Education website.
Graduation and Beyond
If you are an F-1 student, have completed your academic requirements and will remain in the U.S. after graduation, make appropriate preparations such as applying for OPT, starting another academic program or transferring out to another school. If your I-20 is about to expire or you applied for graduation and require another semester to complete academic requirements, notify the ISSO at ISSOCurrent@utdallas.edu
J-1/J-2 Insurance Requirement
The U.S. Department of State requires J-1 students and their dependents to carry medical, evacuation and repatriation insurance throughout their participation in the J-1 program and while in the U.S. If you are a J-1 student, visit the ISSO website to learn more about the J-1 insurance requirement. If you do not already have insurance coverage for the summer semester, visit the Student Health Center for information on purchasing coverage.
Correcting U.S. Tax Forms
International students who have submitted incorrect tax forms for either 2013 or past years, may be able to submit amended forms. Contact the UT Dallas Tax Compliance Office by email at email@example.com with questions.
Summer Health Insurance Coverage
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.
Student Health Insurance Upcoming Changes
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.
F-1 Optional Practical Training
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.
F-1 Change of Level
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.
H-1B Cap Gap Relief
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.
Prepare for Summer Travel
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.
Last 8843 Tax Form Workshop
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.
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 StatusAre 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.
Optional Practical Training (OPT)
F-1 students who will complete their degree requirements in the Summer 2014 semester may now apply for Post Completion Optional Practical Training (OPT). The application process takes 2-3 months, so don't delay. For OPT workshop information, forms, and application instructions, visit the ISSO OPT website at: http://www.utdallas.edu/isso/opt/.
Advising Schedule Change
ISSO advisors will attend an all-day, off-campus event on Friday, March 14. Immigration advising will not be available and requests will be delayed by one day. Plan accordingly, and we apologize for any inconvenience.
H-1B Filing Season
The H-1B filing season will start soon. If you need copies of your UT Dallas I-20 forms, fill out the Immigration Document Copy Request and submit it to the ISSO in person during office hours or by e-mail at ISSOCurrent@utdallas.edu.
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.
Tax Deadline is Approaching
The deadline to submit tax forms to the U.S. Internal Revenue Service (IRS) is quickly approaching, and all international students are required to file a tax form. If you lived in the United States between January 1 and December 31, 2013 and did not receive U.S. source income during this time, you can attend a tax workshop on Tuesday, March 25 at 2:00 pm in SSB 3.107 to get assistance in preparing your 8843 tax form. If you did receive U.S. source income, visit the ISSO Tax webpage for more information.
While tornadoes are rare, the ISSO would like you to be prepared. Review the Brochure for Severe Weather on the UT Dallas Emergency Preparedness Information webpage for detailed information. In the event that ISSO staff are unavailable due to an emergency, and you need immigration assistance or evacuation, contact the Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) at SEVP@ice.dhs.gov, or call 703-603-3400.
Visa Interview Waived at U.S. Consulates
The Department of State recently announced that for certain non-immigrant visas, all U.S. consulates have the authority to waive the interview requirement either on a case-by-case basis or for an entire classification of visas.
Find the full story at: http://tsalaw.com/2014/01/23/non-immigrant-temporary-visa-interviews-waived-u-s-consulates/
It's tax time! All people who resided in the United States between January 1 and December 31, 2013 must file a U.S. tax form. Visit the ISSO Tax webpage at http://www.utdallas.edu/isso/taxes/ to know what to do.
UT Dallas Police: How to Report a Crime2/11/2014
- How to report crimes in progress or an incident requiring immediate police response:
Dial 911 or call UT Dallas Police Communications at 972-883-2222.
- How to provide information to the police about criminal activity and remain anonymous:
Fill out the Silent Witness form at http://www.utdallas.edu/police/silentwitness.html
- How to file a sexual assault complaint:
UT Dallas encourages any person who is the victim of a sexual offense to immediately report the incident to a campus security authority such as the University Police, or any other campus authority.
Find more information at: http://www.utdallas.edu/police/safe_sec_policy.html#silent
Optional Practical Training (OPT)
F-1 students who will complete their degree requirements in the Spring 2014 semester may now apply for Post Completion Optional Practical Training (OPT). The application process takes 2-3 months, so don't delay. For OPT workshop information, forms, and application instructions, visit the ISSO OPT website at: http://www.utdallas.edu/isso/opt/.
Opportunity for J-1 students: Diplomacy in Action Conference
The U.S. Department of State will hold a free online conference on February 12, 2014. Conference participants will learn about diplomacy from the U.S. Department of State (10:00 a.m. ET), the National Park Service (1:00 p.m. ET), and the Smithsonian Institution (4:00 p.m. ET), and will have the opportunity to engage in a live, online question-and-answer session with conference presenters. Secretary of State John Kerry will deliver opening and closing remarks via video at 10:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. ET, respectively.
Find the full story at: http://www.state.gov/r/pa/prs/ps/2014/01/220521.htm
How Volunteering Can Help You Find a Job
Volunteering has many benefits, both personal and professional
- It allows you to give back to the community.
- It broadens your network. You can meet great people who could be a reference later on.
- It helps you learn new transferable skills and refine the ones you already have.
- It gives you the opportunity to explore potential career paths and learn about existing needs in the community.
- Hiring managers appreciate volunteer experience.
Volunteering for F-1 and J-1 students
Volunteering is different from unpaid employment or unpaid internships. Volunteering includes services provided for civic, charitable or humanitarian purposes with no promise of advancement and with no expectation of compensation either now or in the future. Contact an international student advisor who can help you understand the regulations so that you do not violate Department of Homeland Security regulations and lose your immigration status due to unauthorized employment.
Find volunteering opportunities at the UT Dallas Student Volunteerism Office : http://www.utdallas.edu/volunteer/
UT Dallas international students volunteering in the community: UT Dallas Volunteers Help Area Kids with Homework
The Keith - Huckaba Endowed Student Support Scholarship
The Keith - Huckaba Endowed Student Scholarship is available to UT Dallas students who show significant financial need, have a record of academic excellence, identify as LGBTA (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, ally), and/or demonstrate sensitivity, service or advocacy for the LGBTA community. The scholarship recipient will receive a one-time award of $1,000 in Fall 2014. Find the Scholarship Application linked above. It is due by February 21, 2014.
1/23/2014It's Tax Time! All people who resided in the United States between January 1 and December 31, 2013 must file a U.S. tax form.
Visit the ISSO Taxes webpage at http://www.utdallas.edu/isso/taxes/ to know what to do:
- If you did not receive any U.S. Source Income. Learn what form to file and the workshops available at UT Dallas to help you fill out this form.
- If you received any U.S. Source Income (wages, scholarships, housing stipends, cash awards, etc.). Learn how to access the UT Dallas provided FNIS web application to assist you in preparing your IRS tax forms.
- If you received forms such as a W-2, 1042-S, 1099, 1098-T. Learn what institution would have sent them and whether you can use them to prepare your taxes.
Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship Workshop
JSOM's Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship will host Civitas Capital Group to answer students' questions on OPT, H-1B, EB-5 and other visa types. The workshop is held on Thursday, February 6 in the JSOM Davidson Auditorium (JSOM 1.118). Two session times are available (10:30am and 12:30pm), with a free lunch served at 12:00pm. Online registration is required for this free event.
Immigration Attorney Seminar
Join the ISSO on Tuesday, February 18 at 3:00pm in the SU Galaxy Rooms to learn more about the secrets and strategies for full-time employment for foreign nationals interested in remaining in the United States. The ISSO immigration advising team 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.
Graduation and Beyond
Is this the last semester in your academic program? Verify with your academic advisor regarding completion of academic requirements.
If you have completed your academic requirements
- Apply for graduation.
- If you wish to invite friends or family to come to the U.S. to attend your graduation ceremony, you may obtain invitation letters from the ISSO to use in the tourist visa process.
- If you will remain in the U.S. after graduation, make appropriate preparations, such as applying for OPT, starting another academic program or transferring out to another school.
If you find you will require another semester to complete requirements
- Notify the International Student Services Office (ISSO) at ISSOCurrent@utdallas.edu.
- Check the program end date on your I-20 to determine if you will require an extension on your I-20. If so, you must apply for it prior to the current expiration date.
The Good Neighbor Scholarship Program
The Good Neighbor Scholarship Program is accepting applications through February 21, 2014. The GNS encourages academically talented students from the countries of the Western (American) hemisphere to pursue higher education in the State of Texas. For further information, including eligibility and application form, visit the Center for U.S.-Latin America Initiatives’ web page at http://www.utdallas.edu/cuslai/files/GNSP-Application-Form_2014-15.pdf or contact Ms. Naida Ewing at firstname.lastname@example.org.
DISD Alternative Certification Program seeks DACA recipients
Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipients who are interested in becoming teachers. The Dallas Independent School District Alternative Certification Program will hold focus information sessions/presentations. You are invited:
Thursday, February 20, 2014
6:30 - 8:30 pm
Harold Lang Middle School, 1678 Chenault St, Dallas, TX 75228
Apply at: http://www.dallasisd.org/Page/710
For additional information contact Fernando Salazar at email@example.com.
What is Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)?
The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals directive is open to individuals who came to the United States before the age of 16 and who also meet a variety of other guidelines. It defers any removal action for two years and allow recipients of deferred action the opportunity to gain employment authorization for that time as well, through the grant of an Employment Authorization Document.