Immigration Advising

The ISSO provides the following advising assistance to help you manage your immigration status.


AEW Guide Authorized Early Withdrawal (AEW) Guide
Change of Status to F-1 Guide Change of Status to F-1 Guide
Economic Hardship Guide Economic Hardship Guide
OPT Guide Optional Practical Training (OPT) Guide
OPT STEM Guide STEM Optional Practical Training (OPT) Guide
Transfer In Guide Guide for International F-1 Transfer Students
Reinstatement of F-1 Status Guide Reinstatement of F-1 Status Guide


Watch live presentations by International Center staff and get your questions answered in real time.

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Immigration Workshops and Seminars

Immigration webinars, workshops and seminars give international students information to help maintain their non-immigrant status. Workshops include topics such as traveling outside the U.S., and change of status. Optional Practical Training (OPT) workshops are offered year-round to support students with this process.

Phone and In-Person Advising

The ISSO offers walk-in advising with no appointment necessary, 15 minute in-person and phone appointment advising, and express advising for quick 5 minute questions or requests. ISSO advising is available:

Walk-In Advising

  • Monday and Friday 1 pm - 4:45 pm

Appointment Advising

  • Tuesday 9 am - 11:45 am
  • Thursday 9 am - 11:45 am and 1 pm - 4:45 pm

Express Advising

  • Monday - 1pm - 4:45pm
  • Tuesday - 9am - 11:45am
  • Wednesday - No advising
  • Thursday - 9am - 11:45am
  • Friday - 1pm - 4:45pm

Legal Assistance

The International Student Services Office (ISSO) is able to provide general immigration information, but we are not able to provide specific legal advice. Our obligation to UT Dallas F-1 and J-1 students is to interpret the regulations as best as we can when presented with a specific set of facts. Specific legal advice is available, should students seek such advice, through dedicated channels outside ISSO.

Attorney Services for Students

An immigration attorney is available on campus to provide free legal advice for currently enrolled UT Dallas students. These attorney services are sponsored by the UT Dallas Student Government. Contact Student Government to make an appointment.


AILA is the professional organization for immigration lawyers. Visit to find an immigration lawyer in your area who can assist with complicated immigration matters.

Processing Times

The best way to help ISSO complete your request in a timely manner is to submit a complete and correct request. The processing times for most requests is 3-5 business days. Incomplete or incorrect requests will not be processed within 3-5 days. Processing times begin after the submission of correct and complete documents.
Please take the following steps to ensure you submit a complete application.

  • Sign your request form by hand. Digital and scanned signatures will not be honored
  • If the request requires additional documents, ie financial affidavit, please submit at the same time as the initial request. If you submit later, the completion of the task will be delayed.
  • Answer all required questions in the form.
  • If you are submitting your documents by email, do not send files in compressed formats, such as .rar or .zip. Instead, use a PDF, JPEG or DOC format.

If the advisor processing your request needs additional forms or information they will email you. If you do not respond within 5 business days, your task request will be closed and you will need to resubmit a new application if you still wish to move forward with the request.

Your voice matters; we encourage you to tell us how we are doing.

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Wondering where to find us?


  • Office: 972-883-4189
  • Fax: 972-883-4010

Location and Mailing Address

Student Services Building, SSB 3.400
The University of Texas at Dallas
International Student Services
800 W. Campbell Rd., SSB34
Richardson, TX 75080-3021

Office Hours

Monday – Thursday, 8 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Friday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Advising available:
Monday: 1pm – 4:45pm

Tuesday: 9am – 11:45am

Wednesday: No Advising

Thursday: 9am – 11:45am

Friday: 1pm – 4:45pm

*Evening phone advising available by appointment only.
Email request to [email protected] 3 business days in advance.

Staff Listing

Josephine Vitta

Sarah Ku
Assistant Director, SEVIS Compliance & Technology

Elisabeth Walker
Assistant Director, Advising, Programs & Special Populations

International Student Advisors II
Jacob Harris, Senior Advisor, Immigration Programs & Communications

Jin (Christina) Zhang, Senior Advisor, J and Special Populations

Maria Ochoa, Senior Advisor, Technology and Processing

International Student Advisors

Travis Parker Mario Villegas Lauren Kobee
Teri Jenkins Faith Kashaa Shawn Stewart

Mailing Options

If you have immigration documents at the ISSO which you are not able to collect in person, you have two mailing options.