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 August
The ISSO puts on many workshops for students during the Fall. See below for opportunities that might interest you.

CPT Workshop for F-1 Students Learn about the CPT application process, eligibility, and maintenance of status on August 15, 20, and 27 from 2:00pm to 3:30pm in SSB3.107. Beginning Fall 2018, the CPT workshop is mandatory for CPT requests.

OPT Workshops for F-1 Students Learn about the OPT application process, reporting requirements, employment, and travel considerations on Thursday, August 9, 16, 23, and 30 from 2:30pm to 3:45pm in SSB 3.107.

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, August 14.

New CPT Procedure

The Career Center is now using Handshake, a new college career network designed to assist students, employers, and stakeholders with employment. As a result of this change most F-1 students will use Handshake during the CPT approval process. Students served by the Industrial Practice Programs (IPP) office will continue to work directly with that office for CPT approval. For instructions on submitting your CPT request, review the CPT Application Process information on the ISSO Curricula Practical Training webpage. If you need additional assistance in using Handshake please reach out to the Career Center.

USCIS Expands Policy on Initiating Removal Proceedings

On June 28, 2018, USCIS released a policy memorandum that expands the conditions under which USCIS will initiate removal (deportation) proceedings, to now include situations "where, upon issuance of an unfavorable decision on an application, petition, or benefit request, the alien is not lawfully present in the United States." These decisions may include a denial of reinstatement, change of status, OPT or STEM OPT. For questions regarding your pending or denied USCIS application, please contact an ISSO advisor or an immigration attorney.

AAUW International Fellowship Opens for 2019-2020 Award

Applications for the American Association of University Women (AAUW) International Fellowship awards will be accepted from August 1 - December 1, 2018. This program funds female graduate students who:

  • Are interested in returning to their home countries to become leaders in business, government, academia, community activism, the arts, and sciences after receiving their degree.
  • Are not citizens of the United States, and, if currently in the United States, has a nonimmigrant visa.
  • Are receiving a graduate degree at an US university.

Fellows are selected based on their academic achievement and demonstrated commitment to women and girls. The fellowship funds can be used to cover living expenses, educational expenses, and dependent child care. If you think you may be eligible for this and interested in applying, please see International Fellowships Application or contact Beth Keithly in the Office of Graduate Studies to plan an application.

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