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 November
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, November 8, 15, and 29 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, November 12, 19, and 26 from 2:00pm to 3:30pm in SSB3.107. Beginning Fall 2018, the CPT workshop is mandatory for CPT requests.

Overseas Travel for International Students
Topics include procedures for renewing your visa and what to expect when re-entering the U.S. Bring your most recent I-20 or DS-2019 and a picture ID, so advisors can provide a travel signature and a status letter to you if you need them. The workshop takes place from 2:00pm to 3:30pm in SSB3.107 on Tuesday, November 13.

J-1 Employment Workshop
Learn about J-1 employment opportunities such as On-Campus Employment, Academic Training, and Economic Necessity. The workshop takes place from 2:00pm - 3:30pm in SSB 3.107 on Tuesday, November 20.

ISSO Advising and Processing Not Available

ISSO Advisors will not be available on Friday, November 16 due to an off-campus event. Additionally the International Center will be closed on Thursday, November 22 and Friday, November 23 due to the Thanksgiving holiday. ISSO advising and processing will not be available on these days, please plan accordingly. If you experience an immigration emergency when the university is closed, you may contact the UT Dallas Police at 972-883-2222.

Employers May Not Terminate Employees Due to Tentative Nonconfirmation (TNC) from SSA

Employers may not terminate or take any other adverse action against an employee because of the TNC until the Social Security Administration (SSA) and/or Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has reviewed the case and the TNC becomes a Final Nonconfirmation. Review the following resources for more information on TNCs:

Self-Employment is an Option While on OPT

In addition to regular paid employment and through an agency, F-1 students on post-completion OPT are able to lawfully start a business and be self-employed. Keep documentation to prove that you have the proper business licenses and are actively engaged in a business related to your degree program. Self-employment is not an option during the 24 month STEM OPT extension.

Labor Strikes May Affect Employment Authorization

International student/alumni employment authorization may be suspended during a strike or other labor dispute involving a work stoppage at the place of employment. Additionally, employers are prohibited from transferring F-1 students working at other facilities to the facility where a strike or work stoppage is occurring.

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