Visa Categories Other Than F or J

International Student Activities

The International Student Services Office (ISSO) sponsors a number of programs, presentations and events to help international students make a successful transition to life in the U.S., build relationships and get involved on campus. Some of the activities available include:

  • Spouse and Family clubs
  • Cultural trips
  • English Conversation Hour
  • Student organizations
  • Sports events
  • Presentations (Driving in the U.S., American Insurance, etc.)

For more information on upcoming events, check your UT Dallas email for the latest “Events on Campus” email or see the Events webpage.

International Student Orientation

International Student Orientation provides valuable information to ease your transition to UT Dallas. During Orientation you can discover campus resources, meet ISSO staff, and ask questions about registering for classes. You are highly encouraged to attend International Student Orientation, especially if you intend to change your status to F-1 during your time at UT Dallas. International Student Orientation is mandatory for all F-1 and J-1 visa holders, and you will be required to attend once your status turns to F-1. Plan ahead, and attend an International Student Orientation early to avoid class registration holds. You can find all orientation dates and registration links on the ISSO Orientation webpage.

Legal Advice

The information provided by the ISSO is intended to support UT Dallas students in a number of areas but should not be considered legal advice. Your student fees make the following possible:

  • Immigration attorney – for information and advice concerning immigration matters. Consultations are free, by appointment through Student Government.
  • General attorney – for information and advice concerning civil matters. Same as above.
  • Immigration seminar – offered spring and fall semesters by the ISSO. Local immigration attorney tracks the path from F-1 to H-1B to PR, and provides free immigration guides and answers questions on all visa types.

Students Under 21 Years of Age

If you are in the U.S. as a dependent on your parent’s visa, please be aware that your current immigration status expires on your 21st birthday, regardless of the expiration date displayed on your visa or I-94. To remain in the U.S. legally you must obtain a new, independent visa status such as F-1. You must apply for the new status before your 21st birthday. For more information about changing visa status, contact the ISSO or an immigration attorney.

Change of Status to F-1

If you are considering changing to F-1 status, you may find the ISSO Change of Status Guide helpful. It provides general information about the two methods of changing status, procedures and timelines.  Please be aware that USCIS commonly requires 3-4 months to process a change of status application, so plan ahead.

Change of Status to Lawful Permanent Resident

  • General Information - There are several ways to obtain Permanent Resident status in the U.S. but the process can be very lengthy and arduous. For general information, see the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) website. For more specific information, you may want to consult with an immigration attorney.
  • Diversity Lottery – Citizens of countries with low immigration rates to the U.S. who meet educational and occupational requirements may participate in the U.S. government’s annual lottery distribution of 55,000 immigrant visas. For more information, see the U.S. Department of State information.
  • Report your PR status to UT Dallas – Once you are approved for Permanent Resident (PR) status and have received a Permanent Resident card (a.k.a. Green Card) or an I-551 stamp from a U.S. consulate, you may change your student category at UT Dallas. Submit a copy of the card or stamp to the Registrar's Office and the ISSO. If you submit this proof prior to Census Day, all international student fees for the current semester will be dropped. Submissions after Census Day become effective in the following semester.

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