The International Center hopes you are doing well and enjoying the fall semester. Here is some information that may be of interest to you.
Refer to travel and re-entry information for information on re-entering the United States after holiday travel in F-1 status.
ISSO Immigration Workshops Available in January
There is no registration required for workshops. Please plan to arrive 10 - 15 minutes early to sign in and find a seat.
Journey to H1B - Immigration Attorney Seminar
Join the International Center for a seminar presented by local immigration attorney, David Swaim. This session will discuss practical training for F-1 students and the journey to applying for an H1B work visa. The semester will be held on Wednesday, February 19, 2020 from 5pm - 7pm in JSOM 1.118.
ISSO Advising Services
The current advising schedule is available on the ISSO Advising webpage.
Appointments are available up to one week in advance. If there are no available appointments, check back the following day for more availability. Schedule youradvising appointment online. Remember, if you no longer need your advising appointment please cancel your appointment using the link in your confirmation email.
Spring 2020 Days Reserved For Processing
To allow advisors to focus on processing student requests during peak times, advising services will not be available on the following days. Please plan accordingly.
February 18 -20
March 9 - 11
April 7 - 9
April 28 -30
January 20 - Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.
May 25 - Memorial Day
Time Sensitive Notifications for F-1 Students
Graduation and Beyond
Before February 11, 2020. If you are an F-1 student, have completed your academic requirements and will remain in the U.S. after graduation, make appropriate preparations such as applying for OPT, starting another academic program or transferring out to another school, or departing the U.S..
Change of Level
Before Census Day, January 29, 2020. Students who will complete an academic program or end OPT in the Fall 2019 semester and will continue or begin another degree program in the Spring 2020 semester, must obtain a Change of Level I-20 to maintain their F-1 status.
Change of Major
Census Day, January 29, 2020. Students whose primary major will change to a different Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) code for the Spring 2020 semester, will be issued a Change of Major I-20 by the International Center beginning Census Day of the Spring 2019 semester. These students will receive an e-mail notification when their new I-20 is ready to pick up.
Spring Graduation OPT Dates
If completing your academic program this semester and plan to apply for post-completion OPT, the ISSO will begin accepting OPT applications for Spring 2020 graduates on February 8, 2020. USCIS must receive your OPT application no later than July 7, 2020. F-1 students applying for Optional Practical Training (OPT) are required to complete either the in-person OPT workshop or the online OPT workshop in iComet before applying for post-completion OPT.
H-1B Electronic Registration Process begins March 2020
Employers must now complete an electronic registration process as a part of the H-1B petition process. Registration will be open March 1 through March 20. If you need copies of your UT Dallas I-20 forms, complete the Immigration Document Copy Request through the iComet Portal. Please keep in mind, the ISSO can only provide copies of documents that we have on file. It is the your responsibility to maintain your immigration records.
All people who resided in the United States between January 1 and December 31 of 2019 must file a U.S. tax form. Refer to the ISSO webpage for resources to help you file your taxes: https://www.utdallas.edu/isso/taxes/. If you have any additional questions about tax filing, contact the UT Dallas Tax Compliance Office at [email protected]
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.
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.
Remember to Submit Signed I-20 through iComet
Submit copies of your signed I-20s directly to your student record through iComet. The ISSO will keep any copies you submit with your student record and can provide copies of your submitted immigration documents to you in the future if you need them.
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!
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.