International Student Services

About the ISSO

The International Student Services Office (ISSO) provides immigration information and support to UT Dallas students through workshops, individual student advising and outreach.

Immigration News

ISSO Immigration Workshops Available in February

There is no registration required for workshops. Please plan to arrive 10 - 15 minutes early to 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, February 6, 13, 20, and 27 from 2:00pm to 3:30pm in SSB 3.107.

CPT Workshop for F-1 Students
Learn about the CPT application process, eligibility, and maintenance of status on Monday, February 10, 17, and 24 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, February 25.

Journey to H1B - Immigration Attorney Seminar
Join the International Center for a seminar presented by local immigration attorney, David Swaim. This session will discuss practical training for F-1 students and the journey to applying for an H1B work visa. The seminar will be held on Wednesday, February 19, 2020 from 5pm - 7pm in JSOM 1.118.

Business Analytics and Data Science CIP Codes Q&A Session
Advisors will be available to answer questions regarding future CIP codes for these programs. This session will be held on Monday, February 10, 2020 from 6:30pm - 7:30 pm in JSOM 1.118.


Federal Announcements

Birth Tourism Update
Effective January 24, 2020, the Department of State is amending its B nonimmigrant visa regulation to address birth tourism.  Under this amended regulation, U.S. consular officers overseas will deny any B visa application from an applicant whom the consular officer has reason to believe is traveling for the primary purpose of giving birth in the United States to obtain U.S. citizenship for their child. Please visit the Federal Register website for additional information.

New Travel Ban
The Trump administration has expanded the travel ban to include six more countries and impose travel restrictions on nationals of those countries. The previous travel ban addressed nationals of North Korea, Venezuela, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Syria and Yemen. The new restrictions also apply to nationals of Eritrea, Kyrgyzstan, Myanmar, Nigeria, Sudan and Tanzania. Additional details will soon be available on the ISSO webpage.

Coronavirus
There are no cases of the Coronavirus reported on the UT Dallas campus. The Student Health Center has provided a statement about the virus, including recommended precautions. The Department of Homeland Security has issued restrictions on travel to and from China, to help prevent the spread of the virus. The ISSO understands that our students may face additional difficulties and stress due to these restrictions and concerns about the virus. ISSO advisors are available for both walk-in and appointment advising to discuss any concerns you have about your immigration status.

SEVP Limits Distribution of I-20s
Starting February 10, 2020, the ISSO will only release documents directly to the student or alumni named on the document. You will no longer be able to authorize another person to collect your documents. The ISSO is making this change in order to comply with guidance from SEVP released on January 7, 2020. F-1 students have the option to collect documents in person or request they be mailed.

Public Charge Final Rule
USCIS announces public charge rule implementation, effective February 24, 2020, which may affect students applying for a Change of Status or new students applying for their F-1 visa. Under the new rule, nonimmigrants seeking an extension of stay or change of status must demonstrate that they have not received public benefits (over a designed threshold) since obtaining the nonimmigrant status they wish to extend or change. Under the new rule, both immigrants and nonimmigrants applying for admission to the U.S. or an adjustment of status must show that they are unlikely at any time to become a "public charge."


University Action to Update CIP codes on the STEM Designation List

The Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) is a coding scheme of U.S. academic programs. It is updated every ten years by the National Center for Education Statistics (US Department of Education) to reflect the changes in academic program choices. The 2020 CIP edition created a new CIP codes for Business Analytics and Data Science, as 10 years ago these programs did not exist in the current formats. These new codes are not currently listed on the ICE STEM Designated Program List. However, as the new codes do not go into effect until fall 2020, Business Analytics and Data Science programs are currently still STEM eligible.

UT Dallas designed both Business Analytics and Data Science with a firm grounding in STEM disciplines (including mathematics, statistics, and computer science). ICE has a process for schools to petition for degrees to be added to the STEM Designated Program list. UT Dallas has already submitted the requests to add these CIP codes to the list.  The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board is making the same request on behalf of Texas colleges and universities. This is a nationwide CIP change;  we anticipate that other institutions will be making the same requests to ICE in the coming months. The ISSO will update students/alumni and other stakeholders when changes are announced. If you have concerns about your immigration status, you may contact the ISSO at [email protected] The ISSO will also hold an information session at Davidson Auditorium on 2/10/2020 from 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm.


Go to Immigration Newsletter for more information >>>