Immigration News

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

  • IISSO Immigration Workshops Available in September


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, September 6, 13, 20, and 27 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, September 10, 17, and 24 from 2:00pm to 3:30pm in SSB3.107. Beginning Fall 2018, the CPT workshop is mandatory for CPT requests.

  • F-1 and J-1 Enrollment Requirements for New and Continuing Student


In order to maintain your immigration status, you must be enrolled full time or have an exception for full time enrollment by Census Day, Wednesday, September 5, 2018. You may enroll in one online course;  the remaining credit hours must be face to face.

  • Full time enrollment for graduate students is 9 credit hours
  • Full time enrollment for undergraduate students is 12 credit hours

Failure to maintain appropriate enrollment for the duration of the semester will result in the termination of your immigration status. For more information, review the International Student Enrollment webpage.

  • USCIS Expands Policy on Initiating Removal Proceedings


On August 9, 2018, USCIS released a policy memorandum that provides guidance on the calculation of unlawful presence of those in student (F nonimmigrant), exchange visitor (J nonimmigrant), or vocational student (M nonimmigrant) status and their dependents while in the United States. For questions regarding unlawful presence, please contact an ISSO advisor or an immigration attorney.

  • F-1 Optional Practical Training


If you will graduate in the Fall 2018 semester, you may be eligible for post-completion Optional Practical Training (OPT). The ISSO will begin accepting OPT requests for Fall 2018 graduates via iComet on September 12. For more information attend an OPT workshop or visit the ISSO Optional Practical Training webpage.

  • Graduation Application Deadline for Fall Graduates


Fall 2018 F-1 and J-1 graduates must apply for graduation by 11:59pm on September 18, 2018 in order to maintain their immigration status. Please note that the immigration deadline is earlier than the university deadline. For more information about how to apply for graduation visit the Registrar Office.

  • 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.

  • Facebook Fellowship Program and Facebook Emerging Scholar Awards


The Facebook Fellowship Program and Facebook Emerging Scholar Award are designed to encourage and support promising doctoral students who are engaged in innovative and relevant research in areas related to computer science and engineering. These programs are open to citizens of all countries.

  • The Emerging Scholar Award is for first or second year PhD students from traditionally under-represented minority groups (which this award defines as people who identify as: Black or African American, Hispanic or Latino, Native American or Alaskan Native, Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander). Winners of this award are entitled to receive two years of tuition and fees paid, a stipend of $37,000 each year, and up to $5,000 in conference travel support.
  • The Facebook Fellowship program is for any student later in the PhD program and emphasizes research and publication records. Winners of the this fellowship are entitled to receive two years of tuition and fees paid, a stipend of $37,000 each year, and up to $5,000 in conference travel support.

Applications for both of these programs open on September 4 and must be submitted by October 12. If you think you may be eligible for one of these and interested in applying, please see or contact Beth Keithly ([email protected]) in the Office of Graduate Studies to discuss an application.