International Student Services

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ISSO Immigration Workshops Available in August


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 2:30pm to 3:45pm on August 6, 20, and 27 and from 4:00pm to 5:15pm on August 12.


Changing to F-1 Status Workshop  Learn about the application process to change your immigration status to F-1. The workshop takes place on Tuesday, August 11 at 2:00pm in SSB 3.107.


Download the ISSO 2.0 App


The new ISSO App allows you to access key information to maintain your student immigration status and stay connected with the International Student Services Office (ISSO). Go to the ISSO App webpage to check out the enhanced features or see a quick demo on YouTube.


Updated Form I-20 and DS-2019


The ISSO has begun issuing the updated versions of Form I-20 and Form DS-2019. All F-1 and J-1 students will have an updated Form I-20 or Form DS-2019 by July 1, 2016. For more information, visit the ISSO SEVIS Changes webpage.


F-1 Optional Practical Training


If you will be graduating in the Summer 2015 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.


F-1 Change of Level


If you will complete a degree program or end your OPT in Summer 2015, and will begin or continue another degree program in Fall 2015, 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.


Student Health Insurance Plan – Updates & Waiver Information


All F1, J1, or J2 non-immigrant visa holders are required to carry medical, evacuation, and repatriation insurance while enrolled at any UT System institution. The UT Dallas Student Health Insurance Plan (SHIP) is provided to meet this requirement.


If you are an international student enrolled in Fall 2015 classes, you are automatically assessed a student health insurance fee to cover the cost of the SHIP.  If you choose alternative insurance, verify that it meets the new UT System requirements before purchasing the plan and completing the waiver.  The Fall 2015 waiver period is now open, and waiver requests must be submitted online each semester. If you have any questions, email, visit the Student Health Center website, or call the Student Health Center at 972-883-2747.


Enrollment Requirements During Your Final Semester


If Fall 2015 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.


EAD Delivery


Students applying for OPT may choose to use the International Center mailing address on their OPT application. Due to delivery delays beyond our control, the EAD card may be delivered to the ISSO up to five business days after USPS confirms delivery to UT Dallas. Students will receive an email notification when their EAD card has been received by the ISSO.


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.