The ISSO releases a monthly newsletter to keep you informed of relevant immigration changes from USCIS and the International Center.
U.S. and Turkey Suspend Nonimmigrant Visa Services
Suspension of U.S. Visas for Applicants Applying in Turkey
On October 8, 2017, the U.S. Embassy in Turkey announced that it has temporarily suspended nonimmigrant visa services at all embassies and consulates in Turkey. The suspension notice covers all nonimmigrant visa services in Turkey, even if an applicant is not a Turkish citizen.
Turkish Visas for U.S. Citizens Seeking to Travel to Turkey
On October 8, 2017, the Embassy of Turkey in the United States issued a statement that suspended visa services at the Turkish Embassy and consulates in the U.S., for citizens of the United States.
- Individuals planning to apply for a non-immigrant U.S. visa in Turkey.
- U.S. Citizens who do not have a valid Turkish visa and seek to visit Turkey.
- Effective Dates:
- The suspension of non-immigrant visa issuance at the U.S. Embassy and consulates in Turkey is temporary and not a visa ban. This suspension went into effect on October 8, 2017.
- The suspension of visa services at the Turkish Embassy and consulates in the United States remains in effect while an assessment is conducted. This suspension went into effect on October 8, 2017.
- Implications for the non-immigrant population of UT Dallas:
- The actions by the U.S. Embassy in Turkey impact prospective and current F-1 and J-1 students who do not have a valid visa and are seeking to apply for a visa to enter the U.S. These students may apply for a visa at a U.S. Embassy or consulate outside of Turkey. Most U.S. consulates will accept visa renewal applications from third country nationals; however, they prefer that non-immigrants apply for a visa the first time in their home country.
- F-1 and J-1 students and scholars (including Turkish citizens) who are outside the U.S. with a valid visa are not impacted by this suspension.
- F-1 and J-1 students and scholars (including Turkish citizens) in the U.S. with a valid or expired visa are not impacted by this suspension.
- U.S. Citizens planning travel to Turkey who do not already have a valid Turkish visa are impacted.
Federal Injunction Blocks Recent Presidential Proclamation Travel Ban
On October 17, 2017, a Hawaii Federal District Judge ordered a nationwide injunction against President Trump’s third travel ban. The President’s September 24, 2017 proclamation, creating an indefinite ban on travel that targeted an overwhelmingly Muslim population, was set to go into effect October 18, 2017. The ruling, issued in Honolulu, applies only to the six Muslim-majority countries of Iran, Libya, Syria, Yemen, Somalia and Chad, although the ban, announced in September, also limits travel from North Korea and Venezuela. For additional information, review the Attorney General News Release.
ISSO Advising and Processing Not Available November 6 through November 10
ISSO immigration services will be limited November 6 through November 10. There will be no advising or processing services the entire week. The front desk of SSB 3.400 will be closed Monday, November 6. However, the front desk will be available for the drop off and pick up of immigration documents Tuesday, November 7 – Friday, November 10. The ISSO will be transitioning to a new international case management software at this time and will be unavailable to students. Please plan ahead and submit any urgent processing or advising requests to the ISSO by November 1st.
ISSO Immigration Workshops Available in November
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, November 2, 16, and 30 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 Monday, November 13. 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, November 14.
J-1 Employment Workshop
UT Dallas Networking Event in Delhi
Colleagues from the Jindal School of Management will be hosting an event for prospective students, alumni, family and friends to reconnect with UT Dallas and learn more about University updates. Register for this event here.
International Center Closed For Fall Break
The International Center will be closed on Thursday, November 23 and Friday, November 24 due to the fall break. Processing, advising and mail services will not be available during this time. Please plan accordingly.
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.
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 first 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.
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. The most common scams include telephone scams, internet scams, campus scams, and employment or housing scams. If you receive a call from anyone you do not 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.