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 August
The ISSO puts on many workshops for students during the summer and fall semesters. See below for opportunities that might interest you. There is no registration required for workshops. Please plan to arrive 10 - 15 minutes before the presentation begins so that you can sign in and find a seat.
OPT Workshops for F-1 Students
Learn about theOPT application process , reporting requirements, employment, and travel considerations on Thursday, August 8, 15*,22, and 29 from 2;00pm to 3:30 pm in SSB 3.107.
*The workshop offered on August 15 will be held in JO 4.614.
CPT Workshop for F-1 Students
Learn about the CPT application process, eligibility, and maintenance of status on Monday, August 12, 19, and 26 from 2:00pm to 3:30pm in SSB3.107.
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, August 13th from 2:00pm to 3:30pm.
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, August 27 from 2:00pm to 3:30pm..
Closed for Labor Day, Monday September 2
UT Dallas and the ISSO will be closed on Monday September 2 in observance of Labor Day. Please plan accordingly.
ISSO Advising Services
ISSO offers express, walk-in and appointment advising Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday, with up to 6 advisors serving students during advising hours. The current advising schedule is available on the ISSO Advising webpage.
Appointments are available up to one week in advance. If there are no available appointments, check back the following day for more availability. Schedule your advising appointment online. Remember, if you no longer need your advising appointment please cancel your appointment using the link in your confirmation email.
Fall 2019 Days Reserved For Processing
To allow advisors to focus on processing student requests during peak times, advising services will not be available on the following days. Please plan accordingly.
August 29, 2019
September 23 - 26
October 24 - 25
November 24 - 29
December 16 - 20
Congressional Hearing on USCIS Processing Delays
Congress held a hearing about USCIS processing delays, which are impacting many of our students applying for OPT, STEM OPT, Change of Status, and other immigration benefits. The hearing was recorded and is available to the public.
F-1 Optional Practical Training
If you will graduate in the Summer 2019 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.
If you plan to graduate in the Fall 2019 semester, the first day to apply for Post-Completion OPT is September 14, 2019. Some students may wish to apply for OPT early, due to the long USCIS processing times for OPT applications. During the Fall 2019 semester, the ISSO will close advising from September 23 through September 26 to give priority to processing requests for OPT I-20s. Please keep in mind that prior to requesting your OPT I-20, you must do the following:
- Attend the OPT workshop, either in-person or online
- Apply for graduation
We encourage you to attend the OPT workshop soon in preparation for the OPT application process. The ISSO will send instructions to students graduating in the fall semester on how to access the online workshop option if attending the on campus workshop is not an option.
F-1 Change of Level
If you will complete a degree program or end OPT in Summer 2019, and will begin or continue another degree program in Fall 2019, 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.
Enrollment Requirements During Your Final Semester
If Fall 2019 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.
Graduation Application Deadline for Fall Graduates
Fall 2019 F-1 graduates must apply for graduation by 11:59pm on September 17, 2019 in order to maintain their immigration status. Please note that the immigration deadline is earlier than the university deadline. For more information about how to apply for graduation visit the Registrar Office.
Be Aware of Scammers Speaking In Your National Language
Recent scams involve calls from individuals saying that they represent your government or embassy. Scammers may be speaking to you in your national language - for example, scammers may target Chinese nationals by speaking in Chinese. Scammers may accuse you of tax fraud or money laundering. Do not respond to ANY demands for money 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.