Common Visa Types

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 No 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-1 Company transfer Yes No N/A
L-2 Dependent Yes Yes USCIS Employment Authorization Document (EAD)
TN NAFTA employee Yes No Status contingent on outside employment
TD NAFTA dependent Yes No N/A

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