Immigration News

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

  • ISSO Immigration Workshops Available in March


The ISSO puts on many workshops for students during the Spring. See below for opportunities that might interest you.

  1. OPT Workshops for F-1 Students
    Learn about the OPT application process, reporting requirements, employment, and travel considerations on Thursday, March 2, 9, 16, 23, and 30 from 2:30 to 3:45 p.m. in SSB 3.107.

  2. Changing to F-1 Status Workshop
    Learn about the application process to change your immigration status to F-1 on Tuesday, March 7 from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Continuing international students can meet their International Orientation requirement by attending an F-1 COS Workshop.

  3. 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, March 28 from 2 to 3:30 p.m. in SSB 3.107.

  • U.S. Presidential Memorandum


Regarding the implementation of the President’s border security and immigration laws, international students who do not have a valid visa status in the U.S. are encouraged to seek legal advice about the options and issues they may have. UT Dallas students may contact Student Government or
Off-Campus Immigration Resources for legal advice and resources.

F-1 students who no longer have valid status and wish to regain status can review the
ISSO Restore F-1 Status webpage and contact an immigration advisor at the ISSO for questions.

  • Announcement for International Travelers


Travelers returning to the U.S. may experience heightened security at U.S. port of entries. Guidelines and recommendations for international students are on the ISSO Traveling Outside the U.S. webpage. If University travelers (students, faculty, or staff) experience any issues at the port of entry, they can call the International Center (972-883-4189) during business hours, or the UT Dallas Police Department (972-883-2222) outside of business hours.

  • H-1B Filing Season

  • New Degree Program


The Texas Higher Education Coordination Board has approved the Bachelor of Art in Philosophy degree at UT Dallas set to begin in the Fall 2017 semester. For further information, contact the Registrar.

  • Report Your OPT Employment


F-1 students currently on OPT are required by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to report any changes to employment or residential address within 10 days of the change. Visit the OPT Reporting webpage for further information.

  • Taxes


All people who resided in the United States between January 1 and December 31 of 2016 must file a U.S. tax form. Refer to Intercultural Programs Taxes website for further information on filing and upcoming workshop opportunities.

  • Travel Signatures for Spring Break Travel


If travelling outside of the U.S. for Spring Break make sure your most recent I-20 has a valid travel endorsement. If needed you may submit the Travel Endorsement Request Form to the ISSO to receive a travel endorsement before you travel. For further information visit the Traveling Outside the U.S. webpage.

  • Collect All Documents and Mail from ISSO Within 30 Days


ISSO will shred any mail or immigration documents at our office not collected within 30 days of ISSO notifying you to collect your document. ISSO will notify you by email and/or phone at least twice so that you may make arrangements to collect your documents or have them sent to you by regular or express mail.

  • Do Not Delay Your Graduation


Postponing graduation when you have completed all the courses required to earn your degree is a violation of the immigration regulations. For more information visit the Graduation and Beyond webpage.

  • Immigration Scam Alert


A recent common scam involves receiving a call from someone claiming to be from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) or Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and threatening immediate deportation. You can hang up and end the call. 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.