International Student Services

Immigration News

ISSO Immigration Workshops Available in March


OPT Workshop for F-1 Students Learn about the OPT application process, reporting requirements, employment, and travel considerations. The workshops take place from 2:30pm to 3:45pm in SSB3.107 on April 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. The workshops take place from 2:00pm to 3:30pm in SSB3.107 on April 7 and 21.

H-1B Filing Season


The H-1B filing season has arrived. If you need copies of your UT Dallas I-20 forms, complete the Immigration Document Copy Request and submit it to the ISSO in person during office hours or by e-mail to

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.

F-1 Change of Level


If you will finish a degree program or end OPT in Spring 2015, and will begin or continue another degree program in Summer or Fall 2015, you will need to 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.

F-1 Optional Practical Training


If you will graduate in the Spring 2015 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.

J-1 Student Health Insurance Requirement


The U.S. Department of State has updated the health insurance requirement for J-1 students and their dependents. The amount and coverage values have changed, and will take effect as of May 15, 2015. Students and dependents may also be subject to the Affordable Care Act. For further information visit the ISSO J-1/J-2 Student Insurance 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. If you will travel to unfamiliar destinations, these General Safety and Security Tips for Travelers may be useful to you.



The deadline to submit tax forms to the U.S. Internal Revenue Service (IRS) is quickly approaching. All people who resided in the United States between January 1 and December 31 of 2014 must file a U.S. tax form. Refer to Intercultural Programs’ Taxes website for further information on filing and a final workshop opportunity.

Scam Alert


A common scam involves 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 Internal Revenue Service (IRS) or Department of Homeland Security (DHS) .   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 Detective Lauren Kinney or Crime Prevention Officer David Spigelmyer at 972-883-2222.