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ISSO Immigration Workshops Available in February


Immigration Attorney Seminar Get your questions answered by certified immigration attorney, David Swaim, on Tuesday, February 24 in the SU Galaxy Rooms. Learn about the extension of F-1 status under cap-gap regulations and the transition from OPT to H-1B and U.S. Permanent Residency.

OPT Workshop for F-1 Students Learn about the OPT application process, reporting requirements, employment, and travel considerations. Workshops take place from 2:30pm to 3:45pm in SSB3.107 on February 5, 12, 19, and 26.

Changing to F-1 Status Workshop Learn about the application process to change your immigration status to F-1. The workshops take place from 2:00pm to 3:30pm in SSB3.107 on February 10 and 24.

ISSO Spring 2015 Advising and Processing Times


Spring is a busy season at ISSO. Please refer to Processing Times for ISSO Advising and Tasks for our new advising and task processing times.

J-1 Luncheon


Have lunch with your fellow J-1 students and International Center staff. You will have the opportunity to meet other J Exchange Visitors and discuss your specific immigration and programming needs. Join us Tuesday, February 17, from 1:00pm to 2:30pm in SSB 3.107. If attending, register using the online form.



All people who resided in the United States between January 1 and December 31 of 2014 must file a U.S. tax form. Refer to Intercultural Programs’ Taxes website for further information on filing and upcoming workshop opportunities.

Spring Graduation OPT Dates


For F-1 students planning to apply for post-completion OPT, the ISSO will begin accepting OPT applications for Spring 2015 graduates on February 10. The last day USCIS can receive your OPT application is July 10.

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.

The Good Neighbor Scholarship Program


The Good Neighbor Scholarship Program is accepting applications through February 23. The GNS encourages academically talented students from the countries of the Western (American) hemisphere to pursue higher education in the State of Texas. Visit for further information, including eligibility criteria and the application form.

Advising Limited on March 5


The ISSO advisors will attend a professional development meeting on Thursday, March 5. Walk in and phone advising will NOT be available on March 5 from 10:00am to 1:30pm. Advising will resume at 1:30pm.

Winter Storms Season


While severe winter storms are rare in Texas, the ISSO 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 ISSO 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, or call 703-603-3400.