Immigration News

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

  • 90-Day Travel Ban Update


A June 26, 2017 Supreme Court decision found that foreign nationals who have a bona fide relationship with a person or entity in the United States are not subject to the Executive Order restricting travel to the U.S.. Most students, exchange visitors and employment-based nonimmigrants should be able to meet the ‘bona fide relationship’ standard for admission to the U.S. including:

  • F-1 /J-1 students who have been admitted to study at a U.S. School
  • Workers who accept an offer of employment from a U.S. employer (eg, H-1B)

For more information, visit the NAFSA Travel Advisory Resources.

  • ISSO Immigration Workshops Available in July


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, July 6, 14, 20, and 27 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, July 11. Continuing international students can meet their International Orientation requirement by attending an F-1 COS Workshop.

J-1 Employment Workshop Learn about J-1 employment opportunities such as On-Campus Employment, Academic Training, and Economic Necessity. The workshop takes place from 2:00pm - 3:30pm in SSB 3.107 on Tuesday, July 25.
  • ISSO Advising Service Update


Beginning July 7, the ISSO offer walk-in and phone advising from 1:30pm to 4:30pm on Friday afternoons.

  • Phone and walk-in advising services. Available on Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday from 10am - 5pm and Friday from 1:30pm - 4:30pm. Advising is not available on Wednesdays.
  • F-1 Change of Level


If you will complete a degree program or end OPT in Summer 2017, and will begin or continue another degree program in Fall 2017, 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.

  • F-1 Optional Practical Training


If you will graduate in the Summer 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.

  • 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.

  • Immigration Scam Alert


The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Office of Inspector General (OIG) issued a fraud alert on April 19, 2017, to warn the public about a scam using the DHS OIG hotline telephone number. Scammers have identified themselves as “U.S. Immigration” employees and have altered their caller ID to seem like the call is coming from the DHS OIG hotline (1-800-323-8603). If you receive a call demanding personal information or payment, hang up immediately. USCIS officials will never threaten you or ask for payment over the phone or in an email. If USCIS needs payment, they will mail a letter on official stationery requesting payment. Do not give payment over the phone to anyone who claims to be a USCIS official. 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.