Changes in ISSO Services
The ISSO recently made changes to its advising hours, announced the discontinuation of invitation letters and reduced its frequency of travel endorsements.
These modifications were made in order to support critical immigration services, including CPT and OPT authorizations, monitoring changes to federal immigration requirements, and providing I-20s for incoming new students. Please note due to the high volume of student services, advising and processing times are slower than normal.
We understand you rely on our timely and accurate service, and we apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. We will continue to work to accommodate the growth in our international student population. As always, we encourage you to tell us how we are doing.
ISSO Immigration Workshops Available in April
OPT Workshop for F-1 Students Learn about the OPT application process, reporting requirements, employment, and travel considerations. The workshops take place in SSB 3.107 from 3:00pm to 4:30pm on Friday, April 8, 22, and 29 and from 3:30pm to 5:00pm on Wednesday, April 13.
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 3:00pm – 4:30pm on Friday, April 15 in SSB 3.107.
Report Your OPT Employment
F-1 students currently on OPT are required by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to report any changes to employment or residential address within 10 days of the change. Visit the OPT Reporting webpage for further information.
24-Month STEM OPT Final Rule
The final 24-month STEM OPT rule was published in the Federal Register on Friday, March 11, 2016. It is available for review at 81 FR 13039. The new 24-month STEM OPT rule is effective Tuesday, May 10, 2016, however the current 17-month STEM OPT rule remains in effect through May 9, 2016. You may review the Major Provisions of the New Rule at the 17-Month OPT Extension webpage.
SEVP: STEM OPT Update Webinar
Join SEVP representatives on April 14 for a special update about the new science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) optional practical training (OPT) regulation. The webinar will discuss important regulatory changes, as well as the transition plan for STEM students who are on STEM OPT, currently applying or thinking of applying for an extension of their OPT period.
Unpaid I-901 Fee Payments
The International Center has received notification from the Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) that they are investigating the SEVIS I-901 Fee payment on F-1 students’ records. SEVP will be mailing letters with instructions to students notifying them of failure to pay the SEVIS I-901 Fee. If you receive this letter from SEVP, you are welcome to contact an immigration advisor for guidance on how to respond.
H-1B Cap Gap Relief
If a U.S. business submitted an H-1B petition on your behalf, you may be eligible to obtain a Cap Gap Status Verification Letter and/or an H-1B Cap Gap Extension I-20 from the International Center. Find more information at the ISSO H-1B Cap Gap Relief webpage.
All people who resided in the United States between January 1 and December 31 of 2015 must file a U.S. tax form. Refer to Intercultural Programs Taxes website for further information on filing and upcoming workshop opportunities.
Phone Scam Alert
Please be aware of a recent phone scam targeting international students in which students are asked to make a deposit by way of money transfer to receive a grant from a government agency. If you receive such a call, do not provide any personal information or payment to the caller and report the phone call to the UT Dallas Police.