The International Center hopes you are doing well and staying safe. Here is some information that may be of interest to you.
ISSO Advising Services Available
Contact an advisor
Advisors are working remotely and can answer your immigration questions in a scheduled appointment or through the Ask an Advisor eForm in iComet. Scheduled appointments are conducted through Microsoft Teams. All students and alumni on OPT have access to Microsoft Teams using your NetID and password (https://www.utdallas.edu/oit/o365/).
The mandatory CPT and OPT workshops are available online through iComet. In-person workshops are cancelled until the university re-opens.
The ISSO is still processing mailing requests for regular mail and express mail requests. However, the process for requesting shipment of your documents has changed. If you have requested a document through the ISSO, you will receive an email confirmation with your mailing options after it has been processed. Both regular mail requests and express mail requests will be submitted through iComet. Please do not submit multiple mailing requests, and do not submit your mailing request before receiving the email. This can delay shipment of your document.
Shipments may be delayed due to COVID-19 closures and limited service. We will send you an email as soon as your documents have been mailed. If you requested express shipping, you can track your package through your eShip Global account.
F-1 Student Questionnaire
Due to recent developments with the impact of COVID-19 on the United States and UT Dallas community, we want to know how you are doing. Please fill out our online questionnaire by clicking here. Please note that we will be asking you to fill out this questionnaire periodically as a way to check in with you.
USCIS Announces Flexibility for Requests for Evidences
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, USCIS announced that it is adopting a measure to assist applicants and petitioners who are responding to requests for evidence (RFEs) and notices of intent to deny (NOIDs) dated between March 1 and May 1, 2020. For applicants and petitioners who receive an RFE or NOID dated between March 1 and May 1, 2020, any responses submitted within 60 calendar days after the response deadline set forth in the RFE or NOID will be considered by USCIS before any action is taken. The ISSO still recommends responding to RFEs as soon as you are able.
USICE Publishes FAQ for SEVP Stakeholders about COVID-19
On March 25th SEVP identified the following measures for DSOs to sign and send I-20s to students:
- Email a scanned version of the physically signed Form I-20;
- Email a digitally signed Form I-20 using electronic signature software; or
- Email a digitally signed Form I-20 that contains a digitally reproduced copy of a physical signature.
ISSO COVID-19 FAQ Page
We know you have many questions about how the current COVID-19 pandemic may affect your immigration status or future. We've compiled answers to some common questions on our webpage. This page will be updated as more information becomes available - https://utdallas.edu/isso/covid19-faq/.
Be Aware of Scammers
Criminals are exploiting fear about COVID-19 by designing scams based on this topic. Criminals are attempting to use a sense of urgency to motivate victims to click links, open infected files, provide personal information, enter passwords, and donate money. Some scam emails claim to be from government agencies and employers. There were over 4,000 new internet website domains registered recently with the term “coronavirus” and some of them are fraudulent.
Official communications about COVID-19 will continue to be provided via UT Dallas email addresses and the UT Dallas website, https://www.utdallas.edu/coronavirus/. If you are uncertain about the source of communications you receive, please validate legitimacy. If the Information Security Office can be of assistance, contact us anytime at [email protected].
Moving? Update your Address in Galaxy
At this time some international students are moving out of on-campus housing but remaining in the United States. It is important for you to notify the University of your change of local address within ten days of the move. Update your address online through Galaxy or contact the Registrar’s Office for assistance.
STEM Validation Reports Reminder
All students on STEM OPT must submit a validation report every 6 months. The validation report due dates are exactly 6, 12, 18, and 24 months from your STEM OPT start date. The validation report due dates are not based on your employment start date and are not affected by changing jobs. For each validation report, you must submit the STEM OPT Reporting Form with Section B and C completely filled out, even if your information has not changed. For the 12 and 24 month validation reports, you must also submit your I-983 with the appropriate evaluation completed on Page 5.
All people who resided in the United States between January 1 and December 31 of 2019 must file a U.S. tax form. If you have returned to your home country please review the Sprintax Blog How to file your non-resident tax return from outside the U.S. Refer to the ISSO webpage for resources to help you file your taxes: https://www.utdallas.edu/isso/taxes/. If you have any additional questions about tax filing, contact the UT Dallas Tax Compliance Office at [email protected]
Every 10 years, the United States conducts a census to count every person residing inside the U.S, including international students and other foreign citizens residing inside the U.S. In mid-March, households will begin receiving official Census Bureau mail with detailed information on how to respond to the 2020 Census. Watch for this important piece of mail and respond. Please note, the Census Bureau will never ask for your SSN, your bank account information, or any sort of money or donations. See the U.S. Census website for more information on how to avoid scams.
Don't Get Scammed!
If you receive a call from anyone you do not know demanding money, money orders or iTunes gift cards, 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.