Visa Categories Other Than F or J
The majority of students at UT Dallas hold F and J student status, however we have many students in other non-immigrant categories including E-2, H-4, L-2, and others.
Change of Status to F-1
If you are considering changing to F-1 status, you may find the ISSO Change of Status Guide helpful. It provides general information about the two methods of changing status, procedures and timelines. Please be aware that while USCIS may post processing times of 3 months of less, processing for a change of status commonly requires approximately 6 months, so plan ahead.
There are dozens of U.S. visa categories. The following are the most commonly found at UT Dallas among the student population.
For information about international faculty and researchers contact the Human Resources department.
|Category||Description||Degree Study Allowed||Campus Work Allowed||Proof of Work Authorization|
|B-1/B-2||Tourist or business traveler||No||No||N/A|
|E-1/E-2||Investor dependent||Yes||Yes||USCIS Employment Authorization Document (EAD)|
|F-1||Student||Yes||Yes||F-1 status (valid I-20)|
|F-1 OPT||Student||No||Yes||USCIS Employment Authorization Document (EAD)|
|F-2||Dependent||Yes, Less Than Full Time||No||N/A|
|H-1B||Skilled employee||Yes||No||N/A, unless H-1B obtained through UTD to work at UTD.|
|H-4||Dependent||Yes||No||None. Common for students to change to F-1. Cannot be employed until change of status is approved.|
|J-1||Exchange visitor||Yes||Yes||Written permission from ISSO|
|J-2||Dependent||Yes||Yes||USCIS Employment Authorization Document (EAD)|
|L-2||Dependent||Yes||Yes||USCIS Employment Authorization Document (EAD)|
|TN||NAFTA employee||Yes||No||Status contingent on outside employment|