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

Fall Enrollment Requirements for Current Students

On July 6, 2020 SEVP issued a temporary regulation in Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) Broadcast Message 2007-01 regarding COVID-19 and Fall 2020. This temporary regulation will require F-1 students to take some in-person classes in the fall 2020 semester to maintain F-1 status. The university and the ISSO are committed to working with each of you to ensure that together we comply with these new temporary regulations, while simultaneously securing the safety and well-being of all students, faculty, and staff. For more information, please see our FAQ page:

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 6/22/2020 President Donald J. Trump signed a proclamation which suspends and limits entry into the United States of some foreign nationals, including those on H-1B. This affects individuals who are outside the U.S. and do not have a valid non-immigrant visa or other official travel document. This proclamation is in effect as of June 24, 2020, and will expire on December 31, 2020.

For more information please visit our Presidential Actions webpage.

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