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.