Immigration News

The ISSO releases a monthly newsletter to keep you informed of relevant immigration changes from USCIS and the International Center.

  • Changes in ISSO Advising Services

(01/10/2018)ISSO advising appointments is available:

  • Monday and Wednesday by prior appointment from 1pm – 4:45pm (Phone and Walk In)
  • Tuesday and Thursday by prior appointment from 9am – 11:45am and 1pm – 4:45pm (Phone and Walk In)
  • Friday from 1pm – 4:45pm (Walk In ONLY, no phone advising)


For quick questions or quick requests which take five minutes or less, we now offer express advising. Express advising is available:


  • Monday and Wednesday from 1pm – 4:45pm
  • Tuesday and Thursday from 9am – 12pm and 1pm – 4:45pm
  • Friday from 1pm – 4:45pm


You will no longer login to Qless to place yourself in an advising queue. Call in or walk-in to the International Center to schedule an appointment or speak to an express advisor.

  • ISSO Immigration Workshops Available in January

(01/10/2018)The ISSO puts on many workshops for students during the Spring. 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, January 11, 18, and 25 from 2:30pm to 3:45pm in SSB 3.107.

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, January 16.

  • Time Sensitive Notifications for F-1 Students

(01/10/2018)Graduation and Beyond

Before February 12, 2018. If you are an F-1 student, have completed your academic requirements and are remaining in the U.S. after Fall 2017 graduation, make appropriate preparations such as applying for OPT, starting another academic program or transferring out to another school.


Change of Level 

Before Census Day, January 24, 2018. Students who completed an academic program or ended OPT in the Fall 2017 semester and will continue or begin another degree program in the Spring 2018 semester, must obtain a Change of Level I-20  to maintain their F-1 status.


Change of Major

Census Day, January 24, 2018. Students whose primary major will change to a different Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) code for the Spring 2018 semester, will be issued a Change of Major I-20 by the International Center beginning Census Day of the Spring 2018 semester.  These students will receive an e-mail notification when their new I-20 is ready to pick up.


  • International Center Closed for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

(01/10/2018)UT Dallas and the International Center will be closed on Monday, January 15, 2018 in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. The International Center will re-open on Tuesday, January 16, 2018. All email and task processing requests will be delayed by one business day.

  • Spring Graduation OPT Dates

(01/10/2018)If completing your academic program this semester and plan to apply for post-completion OPT, the ISSO will begin accepting OPT applications for Spring 2018 graduates on February 6, 2018. The last day USCIS can receive your OPT application is July 6, 2018. F-1 students applying for Optional Practical Training (OPT) are required to complete either the in-person OPT workshop or the OPT eLearning workshop before applying for post-completion OPT. Only students who have applied for Spring 2018 graduation will have access to the OPT eLearning workshop beginning January 18.



  • Update Addresses in Orion


F and J students are required to update their current local address in Orion within 10 days of the change. Remember to check your current local address in Orion and update if necessary. You may also change your foreign address in Orion. For instructions, visit the Address Reporting webpage.

  • Winter Storms Season


While severe winter storms are rare in Texas, the International Center would like you to be prepared.  Review the Winter Storms information on the UT Dallas Emergency Preparedness Information webpage for detailed information.  In the event that International Center staff are unavailable due to an emergency, call the UT Dallas Police Department at 972-883-2222. If the UT Dallas Police are unavailable, and you need critical immigration assistance or evacuation, contact the Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) at [email protected], or call 703-603-3400.

  • Don’t Get Scammed!


Last year, persons affiliated with UT Dallas lost over $50,000 to scam artists. If you receive a call from anyone you do not know demanding money, money orders or iTunes gift cards, contact UT Dallas Police at 972-883-2222. As a general guideline, never give out personal information, such as a Social Security number or bank account numbers, or send money to people you do not know.