International Student Services

Immigration News

ISSO Immigration Workshops Available in March


OPT Workshop for F-1 Students Learn about the OPT application process, reporting requirements, employment, and travel considerations. The workshops take place from 2:30pm to 3:45pm in SSB3.107 on March 5, 12, 19, and 26.

Changing to F-1 Status Workshop Learn about the application process to change your immigration status to F-1. The workshops take place from 2:00pm to 3:30pm in SSB3.107 on March 10 and 24.

Employment Authorization Eligibility Extended to Certain H-4 Dependents


The Department of Homeland Security is extending eligibility for employment authorization to certain H-4 dependent spouses of H-1B nonimmigrants who are seeking employment-based lawful permanent resident status. For further information you can read the USCIS announcement.

H-1B Filing Season


The H-1B filing season will start soon. If you need copies of your UT Dallas I-20 forms, complete the Immigration Document Copy Request and submit it to the ISSO in person during office hours or by e-mail to

Student Attorney Services


UT Dallas Student Government offers free attorney consultations with a general attorney and an immigration attorney for currently enrolled students. Contact Student Government by phone or email to schedule an appointment with either attorney. For additional details visit the Student Government Attorney Services webpage.



The deadline to submit tax forms to the U.S. Internal Revenue Service (IRS) is quickly approaching. All people who resided in the United States between January 1 and December 31 of 2014 must file a U.S. tax form. Refer to Intercultural Programs’ Taxes website for further information on filing and upcoming workshop opportunities.

Department of State Contact Information for J-1 Exchange Visitors


The Department of State is committed to protecting the health, safety, and well-being of J-1 exchange visitors. J-1 students who wish to communicate directly with the Department of State may do so by e-mail at For emergency situations, exchange visitors can use the J-1 Visa Emergency Hotline (1-866-283-9090). Duty officers are available 24 hours a day

Scam Alert


A common scam involves 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) or Department of Homeland Security (DHS) .   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 Detective Lauren Kinney or Crime Prevention Officer David Spigelmyer at 972-883-2222

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 ISSO OPT Reporting webpage for further information.

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 is 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.