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ISSO Immigration Workshops Available in May


OPT Workshop for F-1 Students  Learn about the OPT application process, reporting requirements,  employment, and travel considerations. The workshops take place from 2:30pm to 3:45pm in SSB 3.107 on May 7, 14, 21, and 28.

Changing to F-1 Status Workshop  Learn about the application process to change your immigration status to F-1. The workshop takes place from 2:00pm to 3:30pm in SSB 3.107 on  May 19.

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 travel signatures and status letters for those students who need them. The workshop takes place from 2:00pm – 3:30pm in SSB3.107 on May 12.

Advising Limited on May 27


The ISSO advisors will attend the Student Affairs All-Staff meeting on Wednesday, May 27. Walk in and phone advising will NOT be available on May 27 from 2:00pm to 4:00pm. Advising will resume at 4:00pm.

H-1B Cap Gap Relief


If a U.S. business submitted an H-1B petition on your behalf, you may be eligible to obtain a Cap Gap Status Verification Letter and/or an H-1B Cap Gap Extension I-20 from the ISSO.  If you receive an extension of your  F-1 status with or without employment please remain informed about the status of your application and information the ISSO if it is withdrawn or denied.  Find more information at the ISSO H-1B Cap Gap Relief webpage.

F-1 Change of Level


If you will finish a degree program or end OPT in Spring 2015, and will begin or continue another degree program in Summer or Fall 2015, you will need to apply for a Change of Level I-20.  If you will travel abroad, you will need this I-20 to re-enter the United States.  For application information, visit the ISSO Change of Level webpage.

F-1 Optional Practical Training


If you will graduate in the Spring 2015 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.

Prepare for Summer Travel


Many international students choose the summer semester to travel. For specific details on what immigration documents to carry, visit the ISSO webpages for Traveling Inside the U.S.  and Traveling Outside the U.S. If you will travel to unfamiliar destinations, these  General Safety and Security Tips for Travelers may be useful to you.  If you will travel to a third country please check with that countries Embassy/Consulate in the U.S. to see if you require a visa to enter that country.

While You Wait Travel Signatures and Status Verification Letters


If you plan to travel during the summer the ISSO advisors will provide “while you wait” travel signatures  and status verification letters from 1:00pm to 5:00pm on May 7 and 14. Bring a picture ID and your most recent I-20 or DS-2019. For information on joining the queue, visit the ISSO Advising Options website.

Scam Alert


Be aware of scams on and off campus. Common scams involve receiving an email or call from someone claiming to be from a trusted source such as a bank, sweepstakes company, or even a government agency such as the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), USCIS, or Department of Homeland Security (DHS). Do not respond to any demands made by phone or email. Do not deposit money in unknown accounts or provide your credit information to persons unknown to you. If you receive such a call, contact UT Dallas Police at 972-883-2222 to report any suspicious activity. Learn more about how to avoid scams on the DHS website.

In Case of Emergency


In the event of an emergency situation on the UT Dallas campus or in the surrounding area, follow the steps below to ensure your safety:

  • Carry Important Documents: Passport, visa, I-94, I-20/DS-2019, social security card, driver’s license, EAD card, credit cards, cash, plane ticket if applicable.
  • Report your location and health status to the ISSO by calling 972-883-4189 or e-mailing
  • J-1 students whose DS-2019 was not issued by UT Dallas must contact their program sponsor.
  • If you cannot contact your DSO/ARO, contact the SEVP Response Center  at 703-603-3400 or by e-mailing

Health Advisory


Four cases of chickenpox have been diagnosed at the UT Dallas Student Health Center in the last two weeks. This highly contagious virus spreads from person to person by direct contact or through coughing or sneezing. You are at risk of getting chickenpox if you have not already had the disease or received the Varicella (chickenpox) vaccine.  Symptoms include an itchy rash, fever and lack of energy. For more information on chickenpox symptoms and precautions, visit the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website or contact the UT Dallas Student Health Center at 972-883-2747.