Immigration News

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

  • ISSO Immigration Workshops and Webinars Available in October


The ISSO puts on many workshops and webinars for students during the Fall. 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, Oct. 6, Thursday Oct. 13 and Friday, Oct. 28 from 2:30 – 3:45 p.m. in SSB 3.107 and on Wednesday, Oct. 19 from 2:30 – 3:45 p.m. in the Student Union Galaxy Rooms.

How to Change to F-1 Status Webinar
Learn everything you need to know about changing your visa status to F-1 and have your change of status questions answered in real time. The webinars takes place via eLearning on Wednesday, Oct. 19 from 10:30 – 11:30 a.m. and on Friday, Oct. 14 and Friday, Oct. 28 from 1:30 – 2:30 p.m.
**Please note, you can only join the webinar 1 hour prior to the start time.

Extending OPT Employment with STEM Webinar
Learn about the STEM OPT application process, eligibility, employment, reporting requirements and have your STEM OPT questions answered in real time. The webinars takes place via eLearning on Friday, Oct. 7 , Friday, Oct. 21 and Wednesday, Oct. 26 from 10:30 – 11:30 a.m.
**Please note, you can only join the webinar 1 hour prior to the start time.

  • Check Your Current Address and Phone Number


USCIS requires F-1 and J-1 students to maintain a current address and phone number. Check your address and phone number in Galaxy and update if necessary.

  • Post-Completion OPT Workshop Mandatory Beginning Fall 2016


If you will graduate in the Fall 2016 semester, you may be eligible for post-completion Optional Practical Training (OPT). F-1 students applying for OPT are now required to complete the OPT workshop in-person or via eLearning before applying for post-completion OPT.
**Please note, only students who have applied for Fall 2016 graduation will have access to the OPT eLearning workshop.

  • Form I-765 Instructional Video


Ready to apply for Post-Completion OPT? The ISSO has created an instructional video to assist F-1 students when completing the required USCIS Form I-765 needed for Post-Completion OPT applications. View the UT Dallas ISSO Form I-765 Instructional Video.

  • Maintain Full Time Enrollment Throughout the Semester


Even if you have valid academic reasons to withdraw from your classes, 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.

  • Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals is Still Available


Individuals who meet the 2012 DACA guidelines may still be eligible to fill an initial or renewal request for DACA. For more information see

  • Beware of Fake IRS Tax Bill Notices


The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has received numerous reports of scammers sending a fraudulent version of a notice – labeled CP2000 – for tax year 2015. This scam may arrive by email, as an attachment, or by mail. For more information see

  • Scam Alert


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 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.