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 August


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, August 3, 10, 17, 24, and 31 from 2:30pm to 3:45pm in SSB 3.107.

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 8.

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 29.
  • F-1 Change of Level


If you will complete a degree program or end OPT in Summer 2017, and will begin or continue another degree program in 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.

  • 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.

  • 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 20. Visit the ISSO Estimated Expenses for I-20 webpage for additional information.

  • Enrollment Requirements During Your Final Semester


If Fall 2017 will be your final semester at UT Dallas, you are eligible for a reduced course load if you have applied for graduation. Remember that you cannot take all your courses online in your final semester. More information regarding enrollment requirements can be found here.

  • Electronic Devices and Social Media Searches


U.S. Customs and Border Protection Officers have the authority to search any and all electronic devices such as mobile phones and laptops brought into the U.S. at a port of entry. In addition, CBP also has the authority to search the social media accounts of individuals entering the U.S. if deemed necessary.

  • Form I-515A


If you arrive at a U.S. port of entry and do not have all of your required documents, the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officer has discretion to issue you a Form I-515A. This document allows you to have temporary admission into the United States for 30 days. If you received Form I-515A when you entered the U.S., please follow all instructions contained in the notice within the deadline. Failure to comply with Form I-515A may result in the termination of your immigration status by USCIS.

  • 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.