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 September


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, September 15 and on Friday, September 30 from 2:30pm to 3:45pm in SSB 3.107 and on Wednesday, September 21 from 2:30pm to 3:45pm in the Student Union Galaxy Rooms.

    • F-1 Optional Practical Training


If you will graduate in the Fall 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.

    • 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.

    • ISSO Advising Webinars


The ISSO offers weekly advising webinars on topics such as OPT, STEM, OPT Reporting, Change of Status, Graduating Student Tips, and more. Visit for upcoming dates and times.

    • 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., has be updated. Visit the ISSO Estimated Expenses for I-20 webpage for additional information.

    • Check Your Current Address


USCIS requires F-1 and J-1 students to maintain a current address. Remember to check your address in Galaxy and update if necessary.

    • Pre-Recorded Calls from ISSO


Beginning this semester, 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.

    • Scam Alert


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.