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 June


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, June 8, 15, 22, and 29 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, June 13 from 2pm to 3:30pm in SSB 3.107.
  • F-1 Optional Practical Training


If you will graduate in the Summer 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. If you applied for Summer 2017 graduation, you will have access to the OPT eLearning workshop after June 12.

  • Last Date to Submit your OPT Application


If you graduated in the Spring 2017 semester and are interested in applying for OPT, the last date to submit your OPT application to USCIS is Friday, July 7. USCIS must receive your OPT application on or before this date. For more information attend an OPT workshop or visit the ISSO Optional Practical Training webpage.

  • Receiving Your EAD Card

  • F-1 Change of Level


If you completed a degree program or ended OPT in Spring 2017, and will begin or continue another degree program in Summer or Fall 2017, 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Immigration Scam Alert


The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Office of Inspector General (OIG) issued a fraud alert on April 19, 2017, to warn the public about a scam using the DHS OIG hotline telephone number. Scammers have identified themselves as “U.S. Immigration” employees and have altered their caller ID to seem like the call is coming from the DHS OIG hotline (1-800-323-8603). If you receive a call demanding personal information or payment, hang up immediately. USCIS officials will never threaten you or ask for payment over the phone or in an email. If USCIS needs payment, they will mail a letter on official stationery requesting payment. Do not give payment over the phone to anyone who claims to be a USCIS official. 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.