Immigration News

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

  • ISSO Immigration Workshops Available in April


The ISSO puts on many workshops for students during the Spring. 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, April 5, 12, 19, and 26 from 2:30pm to 3:45pm in SSB 3.107.

Changing to F-1 Status Workshop

Learn about the application process to change your immigration status to F-1 from 2:00pm to 3:30pm on Tuesday, April 10. Continuing international students can meet their International Orientation requirement by attending an F-1 COS Workshop.

Overseas Travel for International Students

Topics include procedures for renewing your visa and what to expect when re-entering the U.S.  Bring your most recent I-20 or DS-2019 and a picture ID, so advisors can provide a travel signature and a status letter to you if you need them. The workshop takes place from 2:00pm to 3:30pm in SSB3.107 on Tuesday, April 24.

  • H-1B Filing Season


The H-1B filing season began on April 2, 2018. If you need copies of your UT Dallas I-20 forms, complete the Immigration Document Copy Request and submit it to the ISSO in person during office hours or by e-mail to [email protected]. If you would like to check the status of your SEVIS record, please call the Welcome Desk for Express Advising Tuesdays or Thursdays from 9am – 12pm.

  • USCIS Temporarily Suspends H-1B Premium Processing


The Coordinating Board for UT Dallas has approved the Master of Science degree in Finance at UT Dallas as a STEM eligible degree. This change will go into effect on August 20, 2018. The new CIP code for Finance will be 27.0305.01. For questions about the impact of this change on your F-1 status please contact the ISSO for advising

  • SEVP Portal


The Student and Exchange Visitor Program recently launched the SEVP Student Portal. The portal is only available to alumni on OPT and STEM OPT. SEVP is sending emails to instructing alumni to create an account to access the portal. Please make sure you have access to your UTD email account to receive this email from SEVP. You may need to reset your UTD email password or contact the UTD Help Desk for assistance if you are unable to access your UTD email account. For detailed information, visit SEVP Portal Help. By law, you are still required to report any changes during OPT or STEM OPT to the ISSO within 10 days of the change.

  • Career Center CPT Internship Program Updates


The Career Center will begin Summer 2018 internship reporting in CometCareers/HireJSOM on Monday, April 9. Please allow 7-10 days for the approval process at the Career Center. If you have any questions, please contact [email protected].

  • Change of Level


Students who will complete an academic program or end OPT in Spring 2018 and will continue or begin another degree program in the Summer or Fall 2018 semester, must obtain a Change of Level I-20 to maintain their F-1 status. If beginning a new program in Summer 2018, the ISSO must issue the Change of Level I-20 by June 20. If beginning a new program in Fall 2018, the ISSO must issue the Change of Level I-20 by July 6.

  • Summer Enrollment Requirements


Enrolling in summer classes is optional unless you meet any one or more of the criteria below:

  • It is your first semester at UT Dallas, or your first semester in F-1 status (Example: After being approved for a change of status to F-1), or your first semester with an I-20 for your current degree program (Example: After receiving a change of level I-20).
  • It is your final semester at UT Dallas in F-1 or J-1 status (Example: You have filed for graduation for the summer semester). File for graduation by the Graduation Application deadline, June 4, 2018.
  • Do Not Delay Your Graduation


Postponing graduation when you have completed all the courses required to earn your degree is a violation of the immigration regulations. For more information visit the Graduation and Beyond webpage.

  • Taxes


All people who resided in the United States between January 1 and December 31 of 2017 must file a U.S. tax form. Refer to Intercultural Programs Taxes website for further information on  filing. The deadline to file is April 17.

  • 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.