The International Center hopes you are doing well and enjoying the fall semester. Here is some information that may be of interest to you.
ISSO Immigration Workshops Available in December
The ISSO puts on many workshops for students during the fall. See below for opportunities that might interest you. There is no registration required for workshops. Please plan to arrive 10 - 15 minutes before the presentation begins so that you can sign in and find a seat.
OPT Workshops for F-1 Students
Learn about theOPT application process , reporting requirements, employment, and travel considerations on Thursday, December 5, 12, and 19 from 2:00pm to 3:30pm in SSB 3.107.
Overseas Travel for International Students
Topics include procedures for renewing your visa and what to expect when re-entering the U.S. Bring your most recent I-20 or DS-2019 and a picture ID, so advisors can provide a travel signature and a status letter to you if you need them. The workshop takes place from 2:00pm to 3:30pm in SSB3.107 on Tuesday, December 10.
Overseas Travel for International Students
Topics include procedures for renewing your visa and what to expect when re-entering the U.S. Bring your most recent I-20 or DS-2019 and a picture ID, so advisors can provide a travel signature and a status letter to you if you need them. The workshop takes place from 2:00pm to 3:30pm in SSB3.107 on Tuesday, November 12.
ISSO Advising Services
ISSO offers express, walk-in and appointment advising Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday. The current advising schedule is available on the ISSO Advising webpage.
Appointments are available up to one week in advance. If there are no available appointments, check back the following day for more availability. Schedule youradvising appointment online. Remember, if you no longer need your advising appointment please cancel your appointment using the link in your confirmation email.
Upcoming Days Reserved For Processing
To allow advisors to focus on processing student requests during peak times, advising services will not be available on the following days. Please plan accordingly.
December 16 - 20
January 6 - 9
No Advising or Processing Available
University closed for Winter Break December 20 - January 3
ISSO Deadline to Submit Requests before Winter Break
In preparation for the winter break, students must submit requests to the ISSO by Monday, December 16 in order to receive their documents before the University closes on Friday, December 20. The ISSO will continue accepting 1 day requests such as CPT through Wednesday, December 18. All requests received after the deadline will be processed after January 6 or later. Students who are unable to collect their documents before departing the U.S. may request express mail before Thursday December 19.
Travel Endorsements for Holiday Travel
If you plan to travel outside the U.S., you must have a travel endorsed I-20. If you are a current UT Dallas student, your I-20 should be endorsed within 12 months of your date of reentry. If you are on Post-Completion OPT or STEM OPT, your I-20 should be endorsed within 6 months of your date of reentry. To request for a travel-endorsed I-20, submit a travel endorsement request through the iComet portal or visit the ISSO during advising hours. Review the ISSO webpage on Travel Outside the U.S. for detailed information on what documents to carry with you when you travel.
Additionally, the ISSO will be offering on-the-spot travel endorsements, I-20 reprints, and service letters at our Travel Kiosk. The Travel Kiosk will be available on the 3rd floor of SSB, outside the University Career Center, during peak ISSO advising hours. If the Travel Kiosk is not available, you may still receive these services through Express Advising.
F-1 Optional Practical Training
If you will graduate in the Fall 2019 semester, you may be eligible for post-completion Optional Practical Training (OPT). Apply for post-completion OPT by submitting an iComet eForm. For more information attend an OPT workshop or visit the ISSO Optional Practical Training webpage.
Not Graduating in Fall 2019?
If you applied for graduation this fall, but find that you will not be eligible for graduation, submit a Program Extension Requestbefore December 13, 2019 in order to request an extension of your I-20. Failure to notify the ISSO by the deadline may result in being ineligible for an extension and could jeopardize your F-1 status.
STEM OPT Students: I-983 uploaded into SEVIS
Starting November 17, SEVIS will add functionality to upload STEM OPT students' I-983 to their SEVIS records. In preparation for this change, the ISSO recommends ensuring that your I-983 is complete, correct, and up-to-date. If you wish to submit an updated I-983 to the ISSO, you may email it to [email protected] along with a OPT STEM Reporting Form. For more information about STEM OPT reporting, visit https://www.utdallas.edu/isso/opt-extension-maintaining-status-during-stem-extension/
Public Charge Rule Under Preliminary Injunction
The new public charge rule, which was set to go into effect October 15, 2019, has been blocked by the U.S. Courts. The courts issued a preliminary injunction, blocking the enforcement of the rule. If you are applying for a Change of Status using the I-539, you should use the version of the form available on the USCIS page. You may read more about the rule on theNAFSA webpage or on the during advising hours. Review the ISSO webpage on USCIS webpage.
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.