ISSO Immigration Workshops Available in July
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 2:30pm to 3:45pm on July 2, 9, and 16 and from 4:00pm to 5:15pm on July 22 and 29.
UTD Financial Affidavit Update
The amount of funding on the UTD Financial Affidavit, which is needed to issue I-20 forms for changes of level, adding dependents, etc., will be updated August 1st. Check the ISSO homepage later this month for updates.
Updated Form I-20 and DS-2019
The ISSO has received notification from the Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) that the Form I-20 and Form DS-2019 will be revised. Changes will go into effect starting Summer 2015. For more information, visit the ISSO SEVIS Changes webpage.
DHS Announces Temporary Protected Status Designation for Nepal
The Department of Homeland Security has approved Nepal for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for 18 months based on the conditions resulting from the devastating earthquakes that recently struck Nepal. As a result, eligible nationals of Nepal residing in the United States may apply for TPS with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).
F-1 Optional Practical Training
If you will graduate in the Summer 2015 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.
F-1 Change of Level
If you will complete a degree program or end your OPT in Summer 2015, and will begin or continue another degree program in Fall 2015, you will need to apply for a Change of Level I-20. If you will travel abroad, you will need this I-20 to re-enter the United States. For application information, visit the ISSO Change of Level webpage.
Student Health Insurance Requirements and Waiver Period
The Student Health Insurance requirement will be updated beginning Fall 2015. For more information on policy updates, visit the SHI Polices webpage. The International Student Insurance Waiver Period for Fall 2015 begins July 20 and ends August 28.
Be aware of scams on and off campus. Common scams involve receiving an email or call from someone claiming to be from a trusted source such as a bank, sweepstakes company, or even a government agency such as the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), USCIS, or Department of Homeland Security (DHS). Do not respond to any demands made by phone or email. Do not deposit money in unknown accounts or provide your credit information to persons unknown to you. If you receive such a call, contact UT Dallas Police at 972-883-2222 to report any suspicious activity. Learn more about how to avoid scams on the DHS website.