International Student Services

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

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ISSO Deadline to Submit Requests before Winter Break

In preparation for the winter break, students must submit requests to the ISSO by Monday, December 16 in order to receive their documents before the University closes on Friday, December 20. The ISSO will continue accepting 1 day requests such as CPT through Wednesday, December 18. All requests received after the deadline will be processed after January 6 or later. Students who are unable to collect their documents before departing the U.S. may request express mail before Thursday December 19.


Time Sensitive Notifications for F-1 Students

Graduation and Beyond

Before February 11, 2020. If you are an F-1 student, have completed your academic requirements and will remain in the U.S. after graduation, make appropriate preparations such as applying for OPT, starting another academic program or transferring out to another school.

Before December 13, 2019. If your I-20 is expiring, or you applied for Fall 2019 graduation but require another semester to complete academic requirements, notify the International Center at [email protected] Failure to request an extension of your program before your program end date will result in the termination of your F-1 status.

Change of Level

Before Census Day, January 29, 2020. Students who will complete an academic program or end OPT in the Fall 2019 semester and will continue or begin another degree program in the Spring 2020 semester, must obtain a Change of Level I-20 to maintain their F-1 status.

Change of Major

Census Day, January 29, 2020. Students whose primary major will change to a different Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) code for the Spring 2020 semester, will be issued a Change of Major I-20 by the International Center beginning Census Day of the Spring 2019 semester. These students will receive an e-mail notification when their new I-20 is ready to pick up.


Travel Endorsements for Holiday Travel

If you plan to travel outside the U.S., you must have a travel endorsed I-20. If you are a current UT Dallas student, your I-20 should be endorsed within 12 months of your date of reentry. If you are on Post-Completion OPT or STEM OPT, your I-20 should be endorsed within 6 months of your date of reentry. To request for a travel-endorsed I-20, submit a travel endorsement request through the iComet Portal or visit the ISSO during advising hours. Review the ISSO webpage on Travel Outside the U.S. for detailed information on what documents to carry with you when you travel.

Additionally, the ISSO will be offering on-the-spot travel endorsements, I-20 reprints, and service letters at our Travel Kiosk. The Travel Kiosk will be available on the 3rd floor of SSB, outside the University Career Center, during peak ISSO advising hours. If the Travel Kiosk is not available, you may still receive these services through Express Advising.


ISSO Immigration Workshops Available in December

The ISSO offers free workshops on a variety of topics. See below for opportunities that might interest you. There is no registration required for workshops. Please plan to arrive 10 - 15 minutes before the presentation begins so that you can 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, December 5, 12, and 19 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, December 9 and 16 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, December 10.


Fall 2019 Days Reserved For Processing


To allow advisors to focus on processing student requests during peak times, advising services will not be available on the following days. Please plan accordingly.

October 24 - 25
November 24 - 29
December 16 - 20


No Advising or Processing Available

University closed for Thanksgiving Holiday
November 28 - 29
No advising or processing on November 22
University closed for Winter Break December 23 - January 3


Coming Soon - Advising Services Via iComet

Coming soon, the ISSO will be offering an "Ask an Advisor" service through iComet. This service will replace our email advising through [email protected] Instead of emailing your question, you submit your question through an iComet form. Our goal for this service is to offer faster services that are streamlined through the iComet student portal. We expect the new service to launch at the end of this month.

Cap Gap Extension Expired September 30

For F-1 students who received "cap-gap" extensions of their OPT authorization, the cap-gap employment authorization lasted only through September 30, 2019. If you have not received approval for your H1B petition yet, you should not work past September 30, 2019 without some type of valid work authorization. If you have received your H1B approval, you should submit a final OPT reporting form and a copy of your approval notice to [email protected] If you have questions about your H1B petition, please refer to your company or immigration attorney for more information.

Financial Figures Will Be Updated by November 1

The amount of funding required to issue a new I-20 for changes of level, adding dependents, etc., will be updated no later November 1, 2019. Visit the ISSO Estimated Expenses for I-20 webpage for additional information after that date.

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