Visa Interview Waived at U.S. Consulates
The Department of State recently announced that for certain non-immigrant visas, all U.S. consulates have the authority to waive the interview requirement either on a case-by-case basis or for an entire classification of visas.
Find the full story at: http://tsalaw.com/2014/01/23/non-immigrant-temporary-visa-interviews-waived-u-s-consulates/
It's tax time! All people who resided in the United States between January 1 and December 31, 2013 must file a U.S. tax form. Visit the ISSO Tax webpage at http://www.utdallas.edu/isso/taxes/ to know what to do.
UT Dallas Police: How to Report a Crime2/11/2014
- How to report crimes in progress or an incident requiring immediate police response:
Dial 911 or call UT Dallas Police Communications at 972-883-2222.
- How to provide information to the police about criminal activity and remain anonymous:
Fill out the Silent Witness form at http://www.utdallas.edu/police/silentwitness.html
- How to file a sexual assault complaint:
UT Dallas encourages any person who is the victim of a sexual offense to immediately report the incident to a campus security authority such as the University Police, or any other campus authority.
Find more information at: http://www.utdallas.edu/police/safe_sec_policy.html#silent
Optional Practical Training (OPT)
F-1 students who will complete their degree requirements in the Spring 2014 semester may now apply for Post Completion Optional Practical Training (OPT). The application process takes 2-3 months, so don’t delay. For OPT workshop information, forms, and application instructions, visit the ISSO OPT website at: http://www.utdallas.edu/isso/opt/.
Opportunity for J-1 students: Diplomacy in Action Conference
The U.S. Department of State will hold a free online conference on February 12, 2014. Conference participants will learn about diplomacy from the U.S. Department of State (10:00 a.m. ET), the National Park Service (1:00 p.m. ET), and the Smithsonian Institution (4:00 p.m. ET), and will have the opportunity to engage in a live, online question-and-answer session with conference presenters. Secretary of State John Kerry will deliver opening and closing remarks via video at 10:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. ET, respectively.
Find the full story at: http://www.state.gov/r/pa/prs/ps/2014/01/220521.htm
How Volunteering Can Help You Find a Job
Volunteering has many benefits, both personal and professional
- It allows you to give back to the community.
- It broadens your network. You can meet great people who could be a reference later on.
- It helps you learn new transferable skills and refine the ones you already have.
- It gives you the opportunity to explore potential career paths and learn about existing needs in the community.
- Hiring managers appreciate volunteer experience.
Volunteering for F-1 and J-1 students
Volunteering is different from unpaid employment or unpaid internships. Volunteering includes services provided for civic, charitable or humanitarian purposes with no promise of advancement and with no expectation of compensation either now or in the future. Contact an international student advisor who can help you understand the regulations so that you do not violate Department of Homeland Security regulations and lose your immigration status due to unauthorized employment.
Find volunteering opportunities at the UT Dallas Student Volunteerism Office : http://www.utdallas.edu/volunteer/
UT Dallas international students volunteering in the community: UT Dallas Volunteers Help Area Kids with Homework
The Keith - Huckaba Endowed Student Support Scholarship
The Keith - Huckaba Endowed Student Scholarship is available to UT Dallas students who show significant financial need, have a record of academic excellence, identify as LGBTA (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, ally), and/or demonstrate sensitivity, service or advocacy for the LGBTA community. The scholarship recipient will receive a one-time award of $1,000 in Fall 2014. Find the Scholarship Application linked above. It is due by February 21, 2014.