Immigration Resources and Support
“…UT Dallas remains strongly committed to supporting our diverse and inclusive campus community.
All who work and learn on this campus, as well as those who visit, are treated with respect, regardless of,
but not limited to, race, ethnicity, national origin, religion, gender, disability, age, military status or sexual orientation.”
-Dr. Richard C. Benson, President
The UT Dallas International Center strives to serve our diverse international community. Below are some specific resources that may be helpful in your everyday life, as it relates to immigration support and personal care.
Temporary Protected Status (TPS) InformationThe Secretary of Homeland Security may designate a foreign country for TPS due to conditions in the country that temporarily prevent the country's nationals from returning safely, or in certain circumstances, where the country is unable to handle the return of its nationals adequately. For more information see https://www.uscis.gov/humanitarian/temporary-protected-status
TPS Country Expiration DatesUSCIS has recently announced updates to the expiration dates of TPS for nationals of various countries. Please see information below.
|Country||TPS Expiration Date (*as of 11/28/17)|
Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) InformationOn September 5, 2017, USCIS rescinded the DACA program, providing a six-month "winding down" period. Please see the information below to help you during this time.
UT Dallas Supports DACA Students
Statement from UT System Chancellor William H. McRaven
“I and the UT System believe in our DACA students and that their opportunities to contribute to Texas and our nation should be upheld and continued by our leaders in Washington.
Let me also speak directly to you, our UT DACA students. You can be certain of our support as you continue to pursue your dreams — the American dream — to obtain an education and build a better future for you and your families. As UT adheres to federal and state laws regarding immigration, rest assured our campuses will remain places where you can safely study as Congress takes up this issue.”
-Chancellor William H. McRaven on DACA
Statement from UT Dallas President Richard C. Benson
“When concerns about the possible rescindment of DACA began to surface last fall, I signed a statement in support of the program along with hundreds of other college and university presidents from across the country.
The University’s leadership team is united in our efforts to provide a safe environment for all UT Dallas students. The University follows all applicable federal laws, including the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act, which protects the privacy of our students.”
-President Richard C. Benson on DACA
Statement from UT Dallas International Center Interim Senior Director Leticia S. Zamarripa
“The UT Dallas International Center reiterates its support and global engagement commitment to our DACA students.”
- Interim Sr. Director, International Center Leticia S. Zamarripa on DACA
Important Considerations for TPS and DACA Students
- Complete your degree. Work with your academic advisor and department to complete your degree before your legal period of stay expires, where possible. However, you may continue to enroll at UT Dallas even after your legal period of stay ends so long as you are otherwise eligible.
- Manage your employment. If you have been granted employment authorization, you may continue to work on or off campus until your work permit expires. You may find this date on your EAD card.
- Travel. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has stated that they will "generally honor" previously approved advance parole. However, CBP retains its authority to determining the admissibility of anyone at a U.S. port of entry, and USCIS retains the right to revoke or terminate an advance parole document at any time.
General Immigration Resources
- Immigration News: There may be upcoming changes to immigration laws and benefits which affect individuals in the UT Dallas community. Immigration News will be updated as news becomes available, and potential impacts have been determined.
- Student Immigration and General Attorney Services: Student Government (SG) offers free immigration and general attorney services, funded by student fees. To schedule an appointment, contact the SG office.
- International Student Advisors: The International Student Services Office (ISSO) is able to provide general immigration information and referrals to on and off campus resources.
- Global Connection: International Student Conversation Group: Come together, process, and share feelings about the challenges international students face while studying in the U.S. No registration is required, and all timings and locations of sessions can be found on the Comet Calendar.
- Student Counseling Center: The Student Counseling Center (SCC) recognizes and acknowledges the impact of stereotypes, prejudice, discrimination, oppression, power and privilege, and are committed to creating a campus community that embraces and celebrates diversity in all its complexity. In addition to the mental health services the SCC provides, they offer consultation and outreach. The SCC also welcomes the opportunity to serve as a resource for student groups that may want to host or facilitate open dialogues regarding these issues.
- Comet Voice: All members of our UT Dallas community share a collective responsibility to make our campus peers feel welcome, safe and comfortable. Comet Voice is an initiative to empower students with the confidence and skills to stand up and step in when needed.
- Employee Assistance Program. If you are an employee of UT Dallas seeking counseling help for yourself or a family member, you are eligible for the Employee Assistance Program (EAP). Free and confidential services are available to assist you and your family with issues affecting home and/or work. For more information, visit the EAP website or call 214-648-5330.
- UT Dallas Police: Anyone who is part of the campus community and observes threats to others, property damage, disruption to campus activities, or other violations of the law, should contact the UT Dallas Police Department at 972-883-2222 immediately.
- Office of Institutional Equity and Compliance (OIEC): UT Dallas takes all claims of discrimination and harassment seriously. If you feel that you have been discriminated or harassed based on race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, pregnancy, age, veteran status, genetic information or sexual orientation, please submit an OIEC Intake Form.
- Behavioral Assessment and Intervention Team (BAIT): The purpose of the Behavior Assessment and Intervention Team is to review behavioral incidents develop strategies to address situations involving students whose behavior may be disruptive or harmful to the UT Dallas community, including situations where the disruptive or harmful behavior may be a result of a mental, emotional or psychological health issue. Anyone in the campus community who observes concerning or disruptive behavior may complete and submit a BAIT Referral Form.
- Title IX: The University of Texas at Dallas is committed to providing an educational, living and working environment that is welcoming, respectful and inclusive of all members of the University community. Complaints against a UTD student, visitor, or staff or faculty member for sexual harassment, sexual discrimination, or sexual assault, should be made to the Title IX Coordinator.
- International SOS: Students, staff, or faculty traveling abroad on university business can get emergency and travel assistance through the 24/7 International SOS. Travelers can call the UT-dedicated number (+1-215-942-8059) or the general ISOS number (+1-215-942-8226). To notify the University of an emergency while on University Travel, call the UTD Dallas Police (+1-972-883-2222) and identify yourself as a UTD faculty, staff, or student.
Off Campus Resources
Know Your Rights: It is important to know your rights in the United States, including rights related to encounters with law enforcement (ICE, Customs and Border Protection, local police). NAFSA provides many links to general information about Constitutional rights.
Dallas Bar Association Community Legal Resources: Includes links to community legal resources including the American Civil Liberties Union of North Texas, Catholic Charities Immigration, Dallas Volunteer Attorney Program, and more.
Texas Legal Clinic Calendar: A legal clinic is an event where a person can go to get free legal advice on their issues, in person. Different clinics will provide legal advice on different subjects. Make sure to check with each organization before going to a clinic.
American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA): AILA is the professional organization for immigration lawyers. Visit aila.org to find an immigration lawyer in your area who can assist with complicated immigration matters.
Catholic Charities of Dallas: The Immigration and Legal Services (ILS) of Catholic Charities of Dallas provides a broad range of immigration counseling and representation to immigrants and their families.