Immigration News


ISSO Immigration Workshops


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 September 4, 11, 18 and 25.

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 September 9 and 23.

F-1 Optional Practical Training


If you graduated in the Summer 2014 semester and are interested in applying for OPT, the last date to submit your OPT I-20 application to the ISSO is Friday, September 26, 2014. USCIS must receive your OPT application on or before Wednesday, October 8, 2014. For more information attend an OPT workshop or visit the ISSO Optional Practical Training webpage.

Check Your Current Address


USCIS requires F-1 students to maintain a current address. Remember to check your address in Galaxy and update if necessary.

What is the Form I-94?


Upon your admission to the United States at a port of entry, you will be issued a Form I-94. It is important to have a copy of your Form I-94 to prove your legal immigration status in the United States. For information on how to retrieve your I-94, visit the Study in the States page.

Ebola Outbreak in West Africa


U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is closely monitoring the Ebola outbreak in West Africa. USCIS offers relief measures to nationals of three countries who are currently in the United States. For more information please visit the USCIS News page.

Safety Warning


Recently, we have heard from students of possible thefts and robberies at nearby, off-campus apartment complexes. Students who are directly affected, or those who witness these incidents, are highly encouraged to call their local police station and file a police report. Protect yourself by always remaining aware of your surroundings and taking advantage of educational opportunities, like the UT Dallas Police Department's self-defense class, Rape Aggression Defense. Classes are held once a month and are for women only. 

We have also learned that UT Dallas Police Crime Prevention Specialist David Spigelmyer has briefly met with a group of concerned students regarding these reports.  Mr. Spigelmyer will be contacting the Dallas Police Department Crime Prevention officers and will help coordinate safety programs to help address this issue.

Remember, walk in pairs or groups when possible.  Stay in well lighted areas. Lock doors, report suspicious activity or people to your local police, and report criminal activity.

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