Immigration News

The ISSO releases a monthly newsletter to keep you informed of relevant immigration changes from USCIS and the International Center.

  • U.S. and Turkey Suspend Nonimmigrant Visa Services


Suspension of U.S. Visas for Applicants Applying in Turkey

On October 8, 2017, the U.S. Embassy in Turkey announced that it has temporarily suspended nonimmigrant visa services at all embassies and consulates in Turkey. The suspension notice covers all nonimmigrant visa services in Turkey, even if an applicant is not a Turkish citizen.

Turkish Visas for U.S. Citizens Seeking to Travel to Turkey

On October 8, 2017, the Embassy of Turkey in the United States issued a statement that suspended visa services at the Turkish Embassy and consulates in the U.S., for citizens of the United States.

Affected Individuals:

  • Individuals planning to apply for a non-immigrant U.S. visa in Turkey.
  • U.S. Citizens who do not have a valid Turkish visa and seek to visit Turkey.

  • Effective Dates:
  • The suspension of non-immigrant visa issuance at the U.S. Embassy and consulates in Turkey is temporary and not a visa ban. This suspension went into effect on October 8, 2017.
  • The suspension of visa services at the Turkish Embassy and consulates in the United States remains in effect while an assessment is conducted. This suspension went into effect on October 8, 2017.

  • Implications for the non-immigrant population of UT Dallas:
  • The actions by the U.S. Embassy in Turkey impact prospective and current F-1 and J-1 students who do not have a valid visa and are seeking to apply for a visa to enter the U.S. These students may apply for a visa at a U.S. Embassy or consulate outside of Turkey. Most U.S. consulates will accept visa renewal applications from third country nationals; however, they prefer that non-immigrants apply for a visa the first time in their home country.
  • F-1 and J-1 students and scholars (including Turkish citizens) who are outside the U.S. with a valid visa are not impacted by this suspension.
  • F-1 and J-1 students and scholars (including Turkish citizens)  in the U.S. with a valid or expired visa are not impacted by this suspension.
  • U.S. Citizens planning travel to Turkey who do not already have a valid Turkish visa are impacted.
  • Visa 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 to determine if you will be affected. For the full text of this announcement please visit the Department of Homeland Security website.


  • Presidential Proclamation


On September 24, 2017, President Trump issued a Proclamation entitled Enhancing Vetting Capabilities and Processes for Detecting Attempted Entry Into the United States by Terrorists or Other Public-Safety Threats. The proclamation suspends and limits entry into the United States for certain individuals from Libya, Yemen, Iran, Venezuela, Chad, Somalia, Syria and North Korea.  The suspensions and limitations on entry only apply to foreign nationals who are outside the United States, do not have a valid visa and do not qualify for a visa or travel document related to Executive Order 13769. Please see Presidential Actions for more information.

  • ISSO Immigration Workshops Available in October


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, October 5, 12, 19, and 26 from 2:30pm to 3:45pm in SSB 3.107.


Study Abroad for International Students Workshop

Learn about options for maintaining your F-1 status if planning to study abroad as a UT Dallas student on Tuesday, October 17 from 2pm to 3:30pm in SSB 3.107.

  • Homeland Security to Collect Social Media Information of Immigrants


The Department of Homeland Security published a new rule in the Federal Register on September 18 stating that it plans to include “social media handles, aliases, associated identifiable information, and search results” as part of U.S. immigrants’ records. The new rule takes effect on October 18.

  • What Every International Student Should Know About U.S. Employment


Interested in hearing about H-1B sponsorship from the employer’s perspective? Enjoy a free motivational seminar on Thursday, October 5 at 5:00pm in the SSA Auditorium (SSA 13.330). Guest speaker Dan Beaudry, former head of campus recruiting at, will share the best methods to search and secure H-1B sponsorship. This event is part of Graduate Professional Week, October 2 through October 6.

  • ISSO Advising and Processing Not Available


ISSO advising and processing services will not be available on October 6, October 13, or the week of November 6 – 10. Please plan accordingly.

  • Changes to ISSO Advising Services


As a result of student feedback, the ISSO is working to improve advising services for students in the coming months. Additional information will be provided at a later date.

  • 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.

  • Update to USCIS Form I-765


USCIS recently updated Form I-765 which is commonly used by F-1 students when applying for Optional Practical Training (OPT) or other work authorizations. USCIS has stated that as of December 4, 2017 they will no longer accept previous versions of Form I-765. Please use the most recent version of Form I-765 when applying for OPT or other employment authorizations.

  • QLess Disclaimer for Advising Request


Please be aware that when joining the QLess line service, you are agreeing to receive text messages regarding your position in line. You do have the option to opt-out of receiving these text messages if desired.

  • 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. The most common scams include telephone scams, internet scams, campus scams, and employment or housing scams. If you receive a call from anyone you do not 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.