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 NewsVisa Sanctions on Four Countries
On Wednesday, September 13, 2017 the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced the implementation of visa sanctions on Cambodia, Eritrea, Guinea, and Sierra Leone for certain visa categories. If you will be applying for a new or renewal visa from US embassies in any of these countries, please contact the specific US embassy prior to departing the US to determine if you will be affected.For the full text of this announcement please visit the Department of Homeland Security website.
DACA Program to End
On 9/5/2017, Department of Homeland Security (DHS) released a memorandum outlining the rescission (‘wind-down’) of the program that came to be known as Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (“DACA”). A presidential memorandum established the DACA program in 2012. Effective immediately:
- DHS will individually decide on already received initial DACA applications, and reject all initial DACA applications received after 9/5/2017.
- DHS will individually decide on pending DACA renewal requests that were received by 9/5/2017 and requests from individuals whose DACA benefits will expire between 9/5/2017 and 3/5/2018.
- DHS will not approve any new advanced parole applications for travel and re-entry into the country by DACA recipients.
- DHS will not terminate previously issued deferred action or cancel Employment Authorization Documents based on this memorandum alone for the remainder of their validity.
- DHS can still deny deferred action at any time when they determine termination or denial of deferred action is appropriate.
Read the full text of the memorandum and FAQs. If you have specific questions related to this memorandum and are currently enrolled, please contact Student Government Attorney Services. For campus support related to this announcement, please refer to Immigration Resources and Support, The Office of Diversity and Community Engagement, Multicultural Center, or the Student Counseling Center.
ISSO Immigration Workshops Available in September
The ISSO puts on many workshops for students during the Summer. 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, September 7, 14, 21, and 28 from 2:30pm to 3:45pm in SSB 3.107.
F-1 Optional Practical Training
If you will graduate in the Fall 2017 semester, you may be eligible for post-completion Optional Practical Training (OPT). For more information attend an OPT workshop or visit the ISSO Optional Practical Training webpage.
Post-Completion OPT Workshop Mandatory
F-1 students are required to complete the in-person OPT workshop or the OPT eLearning workshop before applying for post-completion OPT. Students who have applied for graduation will gain access to the OPT eLearning workshop before the ISSO begins accepting post-completion OPT requests for Fall 2017.
Beware of Scams
Scam artists are increasingly targeting college students, faculty and staff. Last year, persons affiliated with UT Dallas lost over $50,000 to scam artists. We have already had several victims already this semester. The most common scams include:
No government agency, including the Internal Revenue Service and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), will ever conduct business over the telephone. Scam artists use fraudulent numbers that appear to be from a federal agency to try to collect debt, fines or taxes. They often try to get persons to pay with a gift card such as iTunes or Amazon. Government agencies never take gift cards. Never provide anyone with information from the back of a gift card. Money or gift card info given to these scam artists is almost impossible to recover.
Never post information or photographs on social media sites that could be used later on to blackmail you. Also, protect your privacy from stalkers – don’t share too much information about your location, employment, family, or when you are out of town on vacation or home alone. Never verify personal account or password information over the phone or internet unless you know for sure with whom you are speaking.
Beware of persons you don’t know who tell you they work at UT Dallas and need financial help for gas or a vehicle breakdown. Have them call UT Dallas Police, who will be happy to assist.
Employment or Housing Scams
Scam artists pose as employers hoping to victimize students who are desperate for a source of income by hiring for jobs that don’t exist. The scam artists sends fraudulent checks for more than the salary and ask the employee to send the extra cash to a third party. The employee then suffers the loss. Scam artists also target students who need housing. They will list an address for a rental property, which is advertised at a low price, and tell the victim to “drive by and take a look.” In reality, the scam artist has no right to be renting the location. Victims are asked to send a deposit to hold the rental property, and the deposit is lost forever.
If you receive a call from anyone you don’t know demanding money, contact UT Dallas Police at 972-883-2222. As a general guideline, never give out personal information, such as a Social Security number or bank account numbers, or send money to people you do not know.
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