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 July


The ISSO puts on many workshops for students during the Spring. See below for opportunities that might interest you.

Changing to F-1 Status Workshop

Learn about the application process to change your immigration status to F-1 from 2:00pm to 3:30pm on Tuesday, July 3. Continuing international students can meet their International Orientation requirement by attending an F-1 COS Workshop.

OPT Workshops for F-1 Students

Learn about the OPT application process, reporting requirements, employment, and travel considerations on Thursday, July 5, 12, 19, and 26 from 2:30pm to 3:45pm in SSB 3.107.

CPT Workshop for F-1 Students

Learn about the CPT application process, eligibility, and maintenance of status on July 10, 16, and 24 from 2:00pm to 3:30pm in SSB3.107.

J-1 Employment Workshop

Learn about J-1 employment opportunities such as On-Campus Employment, Academic Training, and Economic Necessity. The workshop takes place from 2:00pm - 3:30pm in SSB 3.107 on Tuesday, July 17.

  • International Center Closed for Independence Day


In observance of Independence Day, the International Center will be closed Wednesday, July 4. ISSO advising and processing will not be available on this day, please plan accordingly.

  • Limited ISSO Advising July 6


ISSO advising will not be available from 1pm - 2pm on Friday, July 6. Advising will begin at 2pm on this day.

  • Updated ISSO Advising Services (July - December)


The ISSO has updated our advising hours to:

  • Walk-In Advising: Monday and Friday 1pm - 4:45pm (in person; no appointment necessary)
  • Appointment Advising: Tuesday and Thursday 9am – 11:45am, Thursday 1pm – 4:45pm (call 972-883-4189 to schedule a phone or in person appointment)
  • 5 Minute Express Advising: Monday, Thursday, and Friday 1pm – 4:45, Tuesday and Thursday 9am – 11:45am (in person; no appointment necessary)
  • Submit Processing Requests to ISSO Early


Due to a high volume of student and alumni requests, ISSO processing is consistently delayed beyond normal processing times. Don't wait until the last minute! Submit requests to ISSO 10-14 days in advance of when you need them.

  • Travel Ban Proclamation 9645 Now Currently In Effect


On June 26, 2018 the U.S. Supreme Court upheld the Travel Ban initially made by Presidential Proclamation in April 2018. The travel ban has been in effect and enforced since December 2017 despite the pending litigation that sought to stop the bans implementation. The travel restrictions are country specific and tailored to the situation in each country.

  • Change of Level


Students who will complete a degree program or end OPT in Summer 2018, and will begin or continue another degree program in Fall 2018, must obtain a Change of Level I-20 to maintain their F-1 status.

  • Financial Aid for Students from Latin America and Caribbean


The Rowe Fund program of the Organization of American States (OAS) provides financial aid, in the form of interest-free loans to students from Latin America and Caribbean countries for studies in the United States. Eligible students can obtain support for a maximum of $15,000 USD to cover tuition and/or living expenses. The disbursement of resources is sent directly to the students. Re-payments start three months after finishing their degree program. For more information, click below:

  • Undergraduate Enrollment and CPT


Undergraduates requesting CPT in Fall and/or Spring must maintain full-time enrollment regardless of an approved full-time CPT. This means that undergraduate level students must be enrolled in 12 hours each long semester to maintain F-1 status even if pursuing CPT that semester.

  • USCIS Practical Training Interpretation


The ISSO has received reports that USCIS may be re-interpreting the regulations to limit CPT and OPT participation to an aggregated 12 months total. We are aware of four instances, but the cases have not yet been adjudicated. At this time, the ISSO cannot confirm whether this is an actual policy change that will be applied consistently and broadly. As a result, the ISSO does not recommend students to change their CPT or OPT participation at this time. If, and when, the ISSO obtains additional information, we will communicate this information to the university community.

  • Erroneous Email Messages from SEVP Portal


The Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) has been sending erroneous email messages to F-1 alumni applying for or approved for STEM OPT often requesting submission of a final I-983 evaluation. SEVP has notified the ISSO that it is a known issue that they are working to resolve; these emails may be disregarded.

  • OPT Volunteer Positions


Department of Homeland Security (DHS) reminds F-1 alumni that volunteer positions which are not directly related to your course of study do not qualify as OPT employment. Reporting volunteer opportunities as OPT is a violation of reporting requirements and subjects students to removal from the United States. For more information read the Broadcast Message: Reporting Volunteer Positions During OPT Employment.

  • STEM OPT Validation Requirement


During STEM OPT, F-1 students are required to validate their employment and residential address every six months by submitting the OPT STEM Reporting Form. Select “Validation Report” in Section C and include your current employment information and current residential address in Section B. Submit your validation within 10 days of the due date. The due date is exactly 6, 12, and 18 months from the start date of your STEM OPT EAD authorization.

  • Don't Get Scammed!


If you receive a call from anyone you do not know demanding money, money orders or iTunes gift cards, contact UT Dallas Police at 972-883-2222. As a general guideline, never give out personal information, such as a Social Security number or bank account numbers, or send money to people you do not know.