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.


The ISSO office location (SSB 3.400) is closed in accordance with the university’s COVID-19 policy. We remain operational and will continue to respond to email, process requests and advise students online through scheduled appointments. Go to the ISSO COVID-19 FAQ page for more information. Check the UT Dallas webpage for university updates related to COVID-19.

Immigration News

ISSO Advising Services Available

Ask An Advisor Updates
Thank you to all of the students who provided feedback on the Ask an Advisor eForm! Based on your feedback, we are making updates to the eForm to streamline the experience. Please continue to use the Ask an Advisor eForm to contact your ISSO advisor. If you have technical problems with the Ask an Advisor eForm, please take a screenshot of the error and email it to [email protected] .

Contact an advisor
Advisors are working remotely and can answer your immigration questions in a scheduled appointment or through the Ask an Advisor eForm in iComet. Scheduled appointments are conducted through Microsoft Teams. All students and alumni on OPT have access to Microsoft Teams using your NetID and password (

STEM OPT Validation Reports

You must report to the ISSO every 6 months, from the start date listed on your STEM OPT EAD card. Your reporting deadlines are based on your STEM OPT start date, not your employment start date. Every 6 months you must submit a OPT STEM Reporting Form to confirm that your name, address, employer name and address, and employment status are correct. You must completely fill out both Section B and C, even if none of your information has changed. Every 12 months, you must a OPT STEM Reporting Form AND submit a copy of your I-983 with the student evaluation on page 5 completed by you and your employer.

You must submit your validation report to the ISSO within 10 days of the due date, which is exactly 6, 12, 18, and 24 months after the start date listed on your STEM OPT EAD card. Then, the ISSO is allowed 21 days to update SEVIS with your validation information. Once you have submitted your validation documents in a timely manner, you have met your requirement to report.

Presidential Actions

On 5/29/2020 President Donald J. Trump signed a proclamation which suspends and limits entry into the United States of some nationals of the PRC. This proclamation is in effect as of June 1, 2020, and shall remain in effect until terminated by the President.

On 5/24/2020 President Donald J. Trump signed a proclamation which suspends and limits entry into the United States of any foreign nationals who were present in Brazil during the 14-day period preceding their entry or attempted entry into the United States. This proclamation is effective at 11:59 p.m. eastern daylight time on May 28, 2020.

For more information please visit our Presidential Actions webpage.

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