Immigration News

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

  • DACA Program to End


On 9/5/2017, Department of Homeland Security (DHS) released a memorandum outlining the rescission (‘wind-down’) of the program that came to be known as Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (“DACA”). A presidential memorandum established the DACA program in 2012. Effective immediately:

  • DHS will individually decide on already received initial DACA applications, and reject all initial DACA applications received after 9/5/2017.
  • DHS will individually decide on pending DACA renewal requests that were received by 9/5/2017 and requests from individuals whose DACA benefits will expire between 9/5/2017 and 3/5/2018.
  • DHS will not approve any new advanced parole applications for travel and re-entry into the country by DACA recipients.
  • DHS will not terminate previously issued deferred action or cancel Employment Authorization Documents based on this memorandum alone for the remainder of their validity. 
  • DHS can still deny deferred action at any time when they determine termination or denial of deferred action is appropriate.

Read the full text of the memorandum and FAQs. If you have specific questions related to this memorandum and are currently enrolled, please contact Student Government Attorney Services. For campus support related to this announcement, please refer to Immigration Resources and Support, The Office of Diversity and Community Engagement, Multicultural Center, or the Student Counseling Center.

  • ISSO Immigration Workshops Available in September


The ISSO puts on many workshops for students during the Summer. 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 7, 14, 21, and 28 from 2:30pm to 3:45pm in SSB 3.107.

  • F-1 Optional Practical Training


If you will graduate in the Fall 2017 semester, you may be eligible for post-completion Optional Practical Training (OPT). For more information attend an OPT workshop or visit the ISSO Optional Practical Training webpage.

  • Post-Completion OPT Workshop Mandatory


F-1 students are required to complete the in-person OPT workshop or the OPT eLearning workshop before applying for post-completion OPT. Students who have applied for graduation will gain access to the OPT eLearning workshop before the ISSO begins accepting post-completion OPT requests for Fall 2017.

  • How to Complete Form I-983 for STEM OPT


Questions about completing Form I-983 for STEM OPT employment? The ISSO has created a helpful instructional video on filling out Form I-983 Training Plan for STEM OPT Students. Watch the video here.

  • Maintain Full Time Enrollment Throughout the Semester


Even if you have valid academic reasons to withdraw from your classes, if you drop below full-time enrollment without prior authorization from the ISSO, you will not be able to maintain your F-1 status. If you are concerned about the impact of your grades on your immigration status, meet with an ISSO immigration advisor to talk about your options.

  • ISSO Services


The beginning of fall semester is one of the busiest times for ISSO. Please submit requests as early as possible to increase the chance that they will be processed when you need them. Advising hours have been expanded to include Friday afternoon, but phone and walk in queues continue to be heavy with wait times of up to 70 minutes. Please plan ahead.

  • CPT I-20 Reduced Course Load Remarks


If requesting a full-time CPT for Fall 2017 with a reduced course load authorization, your UT Dallas I-20 may not indicate your reduced course load in the remarks, however the RCL authorization is reflected in your student record which is needed to maintain status. It is not necessary to request an updated I-20 from the ISSO that reflects the RCL.

  • Collect All Documents and Mail from ISSO Within 30 Days


ISSO will shred any mail or immigration documents at our office not collected within 30 days of ISSO notifying you to collect your document. ISSO will notify you by email and/or phone at least twice so that you may make arrangements to collect your documents or have them sent to you by regular or express mail.

  • Enrollment Requirements During Your Final Semester


If Fall 2017 will be your final semester at UT Dallas, you are eligible for a reduced course load if you have applied for graduation. Remember that you cannot take all your courses online in your final semester. More information regarding enrollment requirements can be found here.

  • Protests and Demonstrations


Members of the UTD community are advised to use good judgement and caution when deciding how to participate in political activism or activities. Any non U.S. citizen who engages in any activity “a purpose of which is the opposition to, or the control or overthrow of, the Government of the United States by force, violence, or other unlawful means” may be deportable. Know your rights and limitations, and only engage in lawful protest or demonstrations.

  • International Fellowships for Women


AAUW International Fellowships are awarded for full-time study or research in the United States to women who are not U.S. citizens or permanent residents. Both graduate and postgraduate studies at accredited U.S. institutions are supported. Applications are due December 1.

  • Beware of Scams


Scam artists are increasingly targeting college students, faculty and staff.  Last year, persons affiliated with UT Dallas lost over $50,000 to scam artists. We have already had several victims already this semester.  The most common scams include:

Telephone Scams
No government agency, including the Internal Revenue Service and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), will ever conduct business over the telephone. Scam artists use fraudulent numbers that appear to be from a federal agency to try to collect debt, fines or taxes. They often try to get persons to pay with a gift card such as iTunes or Amazon. Government agencies never take gift cards. Never provide anyone with information from the back of a gift card. Money or gift card info given to these scam artists is almost impossible to recover. 

Internet Scams
Never post information or photographs on social media sites that could be used later on to blackmail you. Also, protect your privacy from stalkers – don’t share too much information about your location, employment, family, or when you are out of town on vacation or home alone. Never verify personal account or password information over the phone or internet unless you know for sure with whom you are speaking.  

Campus Scams
Beware of persons you don’t know who tell you they work at UT Dallas and need financial help for gas or a vehicle breakdown. Have them call UT Dallas Police, who will be happy to assist.

Employment or Housing Scams
Scam artists pose as employers hoping to victimize students who are desperate for a source of income by hiring for jobs that don’t exist. The scam artists sends fraudulent checks for more than the salary and ask the employee to send the extra cash to a third party.  The employee then suffers the loss.  Scam artists also target students who need housing. They will list an address for a rental property, which is advertised at a low price, and tell the victim to “drive by and take a look.” In reality, the scam artist has no right to be renting the location. Victims are asked to send a deposit to hold the rental property, and the deposit is lost forever.

If you receive a call from anyone you don’t know demanding money, 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.

  • Prepare for Emergencies During Hurricane Season


As an F student in the United States, it is important that you  maintain your student status, even during  emergency events like  hurricanes. For information on preparedness during emergencies, visit Study in the States.