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 July
07/11/2016 – The ISSO puts on many workshops for students over the summer. See below for opportunities that might interest you. All workshops take place in SSB 3.107.

Change in STEM Eligible Major
7/11/2016 –  The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board and UT System have approved a change of the Classification of Instructional Program (CIP) code and major name for the PhD Business Administration and Management, General program from 52.0201 to 52.1301. This change was effective starting Summer 2016. This will impact the name of the major shown on the Form I-20, and will now appear as Management Sciences. This program is now a STEM eligible program. The students effected by this change will receive an email notification from the ISSO and will receive an updated I-20 by July 8.

Last Date to Submit your STEM OPT Application For Additional 7 Months
7/11/2016 – Students currently on an approved 17 month STEM OPT who are eligible and wish to extend the additional 7 months must submit their STEM OPT application to USCIS on or before August 8. For more information visit the STEM OPT Extension webpage.

USCIS Potomac Service Center
7/11/2016 – All I-765 OPT applications mailed to the USCIS Texas Service Center are currently being forwarded to the USCIS Potomac Service Center for processing. Please continue to mail your I-765 OPT applications to the USCIS Texas Service Center as instructed.

OPT Denials
7/11/2016 – The ISSO has seen an increase in OPT denials due to applications being received by USCIS more than 30 days after the DSO’s recommendation in SEVIS. F-1 students who receive this denial are faced with limited options such as reapplying for OPT or filing a motion to reopen or reconsider. To avoid a denial make sure the date your OPT I-20 was issued is less than 30 days in the past when mailing your packet to USCIS. You may also request an OPT I-20 Reprint prior to mailing your application to USCIS. If your application is denied you may consult an ISSO advisor to discuss your options.

UTD Financial Affidavit Update
7/11/2016 – The amount of funding on the UTD Financial Affidavit, which is needed to issue I-20 forms for changes of level, adding dependents, etc., will be updated September 7. Visit the ISSO Estimated Expenses for I-20 webpage for additional information.

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