No Advising or Processing on October 22 & 30
Walk-in and phone advising will not be available on October 22. Please plan accordingly. Also, the ISSO advisors will be out of the office on Friday October 30. Walk-in advising, phone advising, and task processing will NOT be available on October 30. This will require 1 additional day of processing for student requests, please plan accordingly.
International Center Updated Hours
The International Center is now open Monday to Thursday 8:00am to 6:00pm and Friday from 8:00am to 5:00pm. Limited phone advising is now available in the evenings by appointment only. Requests for appointments must be made 3 business days in advance by sending an email request to ISSOCurrent@utdallas.edu.
ISSO Immigration Workshops Available in October
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 October 8, 22, and 29 and from 3:30pm to 4:45pm on October 16.
Texas Driver License – Special Opportunity
The International Center is supporting the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) in announcing a new “mega” center. The official opening date is November 6, 2015. However, on October 27, 2015, the center is offering a special one day service event. If you are in the process of getting your Texas Driver License, and would like to participate in this special invitation, you must complete the online registration by October 15 at 9:00 am.
17-Month STEM OPT Updates
A District Court has ruled that STEM OPT 17-month regulations are set to expire on February 12, 2016. The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has not provided any detailed response regarding the court ruling and how it affects F-1s currently on STEM OPT employment authorization, or those who are eligible to apply for this benefit. The ISSO will publish developments concerning the STEM OPT Extension, including any announcements from DHS on our website.
F-1 Optional Practical Training
The ISSO is now accepting post-completion OPT applications for Fall 2015 graduates. U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is currently taking 90 days or longer to adjudicate an OPT application. If you know you will graduate this semester, consider applying early for OPT. For more information attend an OPT workshop or visit the ISSO Optional Practical Training webpage.
Report your OPT Employment to Avoid Termination of F-1 Status
F-1 students approved for OPT are required by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to report any changes to employment or residential address within 10 days of the change. SEVP has stated starting Spring 2016, students on OPT who exceed 90 days of unemployment will have their SEVIS record automatically terminated. For more information on how to report your employment please visit the OPT Reporting webpage.
Reduced Course Load Authorization
If you drop below full-time enrollment without prior authorization from the ISSO, you will not be able to maintain your F-1 status. If you are concerned about the impact of your grades on your immigration status, meet with an ISSO immigration advisor to talk about your options.
Avoid Immigration Scams
Be mindful of immigration scams. Visit www.uscis.gov/avoidscams for tips on filing forms, reporting scams, and finding a licensed attorney or an accredited representative.