ISSO IS WORKING REMOTELY
The ISSO office location (SSB 3.400) is closed in accordance with the university’s COVID-19 policy. We remain operational and will continue to respond to email, process requests and advise students online through scheduled appointments. Go to the ISSO COVID-19 FAQ page for more information. Check the UT Dallas webpage for university updates related to COVID-19.
Report Your OPT Employment
All students on OPT must report changes in employment within 10 days. Exceeding the limits on unemployment can result in DHS terminating your F-1 record. Students on Post-Completion OPT may accrue up to 90 days of unemployment, and students on the 24-month STEM OPT extension can accrue an additional 60 days of unemployment, for a total of 150 days. Although you can update some information in the SEVP Portal, you are still required to report directly to the ISSO by submitting the OPT Reporting Form
or OPT STEM Reporting Form
to [email protected]
New I-765 Version
USCIS recently updated Form I-765
which is commonly used by F-1 students when applying for Optional Practical Training (OPT) or other work authorizations. USCIS has stated that as of August 25, 2020 they will no longer accept previous versions of Form I-765. Please use the most recent version of Form I-765 when applying for OPT or other employment authorizations.
Spring 2021 Enrollment Requirements
We are still waiting for more guidance from the Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) on enrollment requirement for spring 2021. SEVP granted temporary regulations to allow F-1 students more flexibility with enrollment requirements for fall 2020. However, they have not yet announced whether these temporary regulations will also apply to the spring 2021 semester. As soon as more information becomes available, the ISSO will share it.
USCIS Fee Increases Effective October 2, 2020
USCIS announced on July 31, 2020 that it has completed a review of its fee structure and will be increasing fees in order to cover operating costs. The filing fee for the I-765, used for OPT, will increase from $410 to $550. The filing fee for the I-539, used for changing status, will increase from $370 to $390. For a full list of changes and a complete table of final fees, see the final rule
. This final rule is effective Oct. 2, 2020. Any application, petition, or request postmarked on or after this date must include payment of the new, correct fees established by this final rule.
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