International Student Services

Immigration News

ISSO Immigration Workshops Available in February


OPT Workshop for F-1 Students Learn about the OPT application process, reporting requirements, employment, and travel considerations. The workshops take place in SSB 3.107 from 3:30pm to 5:00pm on Wednesday, February 3 and 26 and from 3:00pm to 4:30pm on Friday, February 12 and from 2:30pm to 3:45pm on Thursday, February 18.

Changing to F-1 Status Workshop Learn about the application process to change your immigration status to F-1. The workshop takes place in SSB 3.107 from 3:00pm to 4:30pm on Friday, February 19.

Spring Graduation OPT Dates


If you are completing your academic program this semester and plan to apply for post-completion OPT, the ISSO will begin accepting OPT applications for Spring 2016 graduates on February 9, 2016. The last day USCIS can receive your OPT application is July 8, 2016. Visit the Post-Completion OPT webpage for more information.

Report Your OPT Employment


F-1 students currently on OPT are required by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to report any changes to employment or residential address within 10 days of the change. Visit the OPT Reporting webpage for further information.

STEM OPT and Cap Gap OPT Updates


In August 2015, a US District Court decided that the current STEM OPT and Cap Gap OPT employment benefits which allow F-1 graduates of certain STEM degrees additional time remain in the US and work in their fields would expire in February 2016. That court has now extended the expiration date of those employment benefits until May 10, 2016. The extension was granted to allow DHS time to finalize new rules about employment benefits. For further information, visit the 17-Month OPT Extension webpage.



All people who resided in the United States between January 1 and December 31 of 2015 must file a U.S. tax form. Refer to Intercultural Programs Taxes website for further information on filing and upcoming workshop opportunities.

The Good Neighbor Scholarship Program


The Good Neighbor Scholarship Program is accepting applications through March 1, 2016. This program encourages academically talented students from the countries of the Western (American) hemisphere to pursue higher education in the State of Texas. Visit the Good Neighbor Scholarship webpage for more information, including eligibility criteria and the application form.

Winter Storms Season


While severe winter storms are rare in Texas, the International Center would like you to be prepared.  Review the Winter Storms information on the UT Dallas Emergency Preparedness Information webpage for detailed information.  In the event that International Center staff are unavailable due to an emergency, call the UT Dallas Police Department at 972-883-2222. If the UT Dallas Police are unavailable, and you need critical immigration assistance or evacuation, contact the Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) at, or call 703-603-3400.

Avoid Employment Scams


Be mindful of employment scams. If you are uncertain about whether a posted job opportunity is legitimate, please contact the UT Dallas Career Center.