Immigration News

ISSO Immigration Workshops Available in May


OPT Workshop for F-1 Students Learn about the OPT application process, reporting requirements, employment, and travel considerations. The workshops take place in SSB 3.107 from 2:30pm to 3:45pm on Thursday, May 12 and 19, and from 3:00pm to 4:30pm on Friday, May 27.

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 from 1:00pm to 2:30pm in SSB3.107 on Wednesday, May 4.

Changing to F-1 Status Workshop Learn about the application process to change your immigration status to F-1. The workshop takes place in SSB 3.107 from 2:00pm to 3:30pm on Tuesday, May 17.

Prepare for Travel


“Same Day” Travel Endorsements and Status Verification Letters
No need to wait one business day! The ISSO will be offering same day travel endorsements and status verification letters from 8:00am to 4:00pm May 9 through May 13. Bring your most recent I-20 or DS-2019 and complete the Travel Endorsement request form or J-1 Student Service request form. You will be able to collect your signed I-20 or DS-2019 the same day.

Immigration Documents
Visit the International Center webpages for Traveling Inside the U.S. and Traveling Outside the U.S for specific details on what immigration documents to carry when traveling.

Limited Advising Dates in May


Wednesday, May 18 Advising and processing will not be available between 2:00pm to 5:00pm. Please plan accordingly.

F-1 Change of Level


If you will graduate in the Spring 2016 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.

Don’t Delay Your Graduation


Postponing graduation when you have completed all the courses required to earn your degree is a violation of the immigration regulations. For more information visit

USCIS Service Center Transfers


USCIS has created a new Workload Transfer Updates page on their website where customers can keep track of workload transfers between the five USCIS service centers. Occasionally, USCIS will transfer cases from one service center to another in order to balance workloads and ensure timely processing.

24-Month STEM OPT Final Rule


The final 24-month STEM OPT rule was published in the Federal Register on Friday, March 11, 2016. It is available for review at 81 FR 13039. The new 24-month STEM OPT rule is effective Tuesday, May 10, 2016, however the current 17-month STEM OPT rule remains in effect through May 9, 2016. You may review the Major Provisions of the New Rule at the STEM OPT Extension 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 International Center. Find more information at the ISSO H-1B Cap Gap Relief webpage.

USCIS Special Relief Measures


USCIS offers immigration relief measures for people affected by natural disasters, such as the severe earthquakes that recently occurred in Ecuador, Japan, and Burma.
For more information, visit the USCIS Special Situations webpage.

Scam Alert


Be aware of scams on and off campus. Common scams involve 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), USCIS, or Department of Homeland Security (DHS). 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.