International Student Services

About the ISSO

The International Student Services Office (ISSO) provides immigration information and support to UT Dallas students through workshops, individual student advising and outreach.

Immigration News

ISSO Immigration Workshops Available in October
The ISSO puts on many workshops for students during the Fall. See below for opportunities that might interest you.

OPT Workshops for F-1 Students
Learn about the OPT application process, reporting requirements, employment, and travel considerations on Thursday, October 4, 11, 18, and 25 from 2:30pm to 3:45pm in SSB 3.107.

CPT Workshop for F-1 Students
Learn about the CPT application process, eligibility, and maintenance of status on Monday, October 8, 15, 22 and 29 from 2:00pmĀ to 3:30pm in SSB3.107. Beginning Fall 2018, the CPT workshop is mandatory for CPT requests.

Study Abroad for International Students Workshop
Learn about options for maintaining your F-1 status if planning to study abroad as a UT Dallas student on Tuesday, October 16 from 2pm to 3:30pm in SSB 3.107.

Schedule ISSO Advising Appointments Using Calendly

Need to speak with an ISSO advisor? Schedule an in-person or phone appointment with an advisor by visiting and select the date and time you are available. Check-in at the ISSO Kiosk when you arrive for your in-person appointment or enter your phone number to have the advisor call you directly.

USCIS Notice to Appear Policy Effective October 1

Starting October 1, 2018, USCIS may issue NTAs on denied status-impacting applications. At UT Dallas, this is most likely to affect students who are denied a change of status to F-1. A Notice to Appear (NTA) is a document given to an individual that instructs them to appear before an immigration judge on a certain date. The issuance of an NTA begins removal proceedings. Under the new guidance, USCIS officers will now issue an NTA for a wider range of cases where the individual is removable from the U.S. and there is evidence of fraud, criminal activity, or where an applicant is denied an immigration benefit and is unlawfully present in the United States. For more information, visit the USCIS website.

ISSO CPT Workshop Mandatory

The ISSO CPT Workshop will become mandatory for anyone requesting CPT authorization on October 15, 2018 or later. Computer Science and Engineering students must meet this requirement by attending an IPP orientation. Naveen Jindal School of Management students must meet this requirement by enrolling in MAS 6102. Please visit the Comet Calendar for upcoming workshop dates. You only need to attend the workshop one time.

Cap Gap Extension Expired September 30

USCIS reminded F-1 students who had received "cap-gap" extensions of their OPT, but whose change of status to H-1B is still pending as of October 1, that their cap-gap employment authorization lasted only through September 30, 2018. The USCIS reminder included a warning that working beyond September 30, 2018, unless supported by some other type of work authorization, constitutes a status violation that could trigger the accrual of unlawful presence.

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