ISSO Immigration Workshops Available in August
The ISSO puts on many workshops for students during the Fall. See below for opportunities that might interest you.
OPT Workshop for F-1 Students
Learn about the OPT application process, reporting requirements, employment, and travel considerations on Thursday, August 4, 11, and 18 from 2:30pm to 3:45pm in SSB 3.107 and on Friday, August 26 from 2:30pm to 3:45pm in the Student Union Galaxy Rooms.
J-1 Employment Workshop
Learn about J-1 employment opportunities such as On-Campus Employment, Academic Training, and Economic Necessity. The workshop takes place from 2:00pm – 3:30pm in SSB 3.107 on Tuesday, August 23.
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, August 9.
F-1 Optional Practical Training
If you will graduate in the Summer 2016 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.
Last Date to Submit your STEM OPT Application For Additional 7 Months
Students currently on an approved 17 month STEM OPT who are eligible and wish to extend the additional 7 months must submit their STEM OPT application to USCIS on or before August 8. For more information visit the STEM OPT Extension webpage.
Post-Completion OPT Workshop Mandatory Fall 2016
Beginning Fall 2016, F-1 students will be required to complete the in-person OPT workshop or the OPT eLearning workshop before applying for post-completion OPT. Students who have applied for graduation will be given access to the OPT eLearning workshop before the ISSO begins accepting post-completion OPT requests for Fall 2016.
Fall ISSO Service Updates
Beginning August 1, the ISSO made the following adjustments to advising and processing services:
- Phone and walk-in advising services. Available on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday from 10 am – 4:45pm only. Advising will not be available on Wednesdays or Fridays.
- Weekly webinars. Topics include OPT and STEM OPT Reporting, Change of Status, Graduating Student Tips, and more. Visit https://www.utdallas.edu/icp/webinars/ for upcoming dates and times.
- Processing times for most requests will be 3-5 business days. See http://www.utdallas.edu/isso/processing-times/ for tips on how to prepare your requests so that they will be completed as soon as possible.
These changes will allow the ISSO to prioritize I-20 processing services and SEVIS regulatory requirements. For advising assistance, we encourage you seek information on the ISSO app, website and guides for answers to many basic questions. Your voice matters; we encourage you to tell us how we are doing.
UTD Financial Affidavit Update
The amount of funding on the UTD Financial Affidavit, which is needed to issue I-20 forms for changes of level, adding dependents, etc., will be updated September 7. Visit the ISSO Estimated Expenses for I-20 webpage for additional information.
Pre-Recorded Calls from ISSO
Beginning Fall 2016, you can expect to receive pre-recorded phone messages from the ISSO regarding the maintenance of your immigration status. Please follow the instructions in the message to maintain your status.
Phone Number and E-mail address now Required in SEVIS
Effective Summer 2016, the ISSO is providing SEVIS with your UT Dallas email address, and your phone number as it is listed in Galaxy. Remember, USCIS will not call you on the phone to ask for payments. For more information please see Study in the States. The ISSO is working to provide access to Galaxy and the UT Dallas email to F-1 alumni in OPT, and STEM OPT. Please look out for more information this fall.
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.