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 Advising Services
ISSO offers express, walk-in and appointment advising Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday, with up to 6 advisors serving students during advising hours. 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 your advising appointment online. Remember, if you no longer need your advising appointment please cancel your appointment using the link in your confirmation email.
Fall 2019 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.
September 23 - 26
October 24 - 25
November 24 - 29
December 16 - 20
International Center Closed September 4
The International Center will be closed September 4th for staff training. ISSO advising and processing services will not be available. Please plan accordingly.
ISSO Immigration Workshops Available in September
The ISSO puts on many workshops for students during the summer and fall semesters. 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, September 5, 12, 19, and 26 from 2:00pm to 3:30 pm in SSB 3.107.
CPT Workshop for F-1 Students
Learn about the CPT application process, eligibility, and maintenance of status on Monday, Sepyember 4, 9, and 26 from 2:00pm to 3:30pm in SSB3.107.
Personal Development and Support through Student Counseling Center
The UT Dallas Student Counseling Center offers programs throughout the year to help students manage stress, increase social connection, and develop strategies for being successful in their lives. You can attend their workshops on a variety of topics, or sign-up for an on-going group session. For alumni, there is a service called TAO that can assist you with life changes and managing stress.
Pending Application to Change Status to F-1 - Take action to defer your I-20
If you have a pending Change of Status to F-1 petition, you will receive an email from the ISSO asking you to report the status of your application by Census Day. The email will include a link to an eForm in iComet. You will need to fill out this form each semester that your application is pending. Failure to respond in a timely manner means the ISSO will not defer your Form I-20, and as a result your Change of Status petition may be denied by USCIS.
Graduation Application Deadline for Fall Graduates
Fall 2019 F-1 graduates must apply for graduation by 11:59pm on September 17, 2019 in order to maintain their immigration status. Please note that the immigration deadline is earlier than the university deadline. For more information about how to apply for graduation visit the Registrar Office.
New iComet Workshop for OPT
Student may now complete the mandatory Post-Completion OPT Workshop through iComet. Before applying for post-completion OPT, F-1 students are required to complete the in-person OPT workshop or the Post-Completion OPT Workshop. The eLearning version of the OPT Workshop will no longer be used. If you previously completed the workshop through eLearning, you do not have to complete it again.
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). The ISSO will begin accepting OPT requests for Fall 2019 graduates via iComet on September 14. For more information attend an OPT workshop or visit the ISSO Optional Practical Training webpage.
F-1 Enrollment Requirements for New and Continuing Students
In order to maintain your immigration status, you must be enrolled full time or have an exception for full time enrollment by Census Day, Wednesday, September 4, 2019. You may enroll in one online course; the remaining credit hours must be face to face.
- Full time enrollment for graduate students is 9 credit hours
- Full time enrollment for undergraduate students is 12 credit hours
Failure to maintain appropriate enrollment for the duration of the semester will result in the termination of your immigration status. For more information, review the International Student Enrollment webpage.
Connect with the Embassy of India
Citizens of India may register on the Indian Students in USA Registration portal to stay connected, participate in special programming, and get assistance in case of any emergencies. You may also reach out directly to [email protected] in or through the India Student Hub website to learn more about opportunities or connect with the embassy on Facebook.
Department of Homeland Security Published New Rule
DHS released a new rule, which becomes effective October 15, 2019, may affect students applying for a Change of Status or new students applying for their F-1 visa. Under the new rule, nonimmigrants seeking an extension of stay or change of status must demonstrate that they have not received public benefits (over a designed threshold) since obtaining the nonimmigrant status they wish to extend or change. Under the new rule, both immigrants and nonimmigrants applying for admission to the U.S. or an adjustment of status must show that they are unlikely at any time to become a "public charge."
The Chiang Ching-Kuo Foundation for International Scholarly Exchange Dissertation Fellowship
The Chiang Ching-Kuo Foundation for International Scholarly Exchange (CCKF) is awarding up to $20,000 to Taiwanese doctoral students completing the last stage of their Ph.D. research in the humanities and social sciences at an accredited university in the United States and other countries. Specifically, dissertations should cover one of the following fields: literature, history, philosophy, linguistics, art, sociology, anthropology, psychology, political science, legal studies, economics, or media studies. The application must explain how the research topic is related to Chinese culture and society or the development of Taiwan.
Students should have done their undergraduate work in Taiwan. The application is due on October 15 and the funding will begin in July. The completed dissertation should not be submitted until 2021.
Be Aware of Scammers Speaking In Your National Language
Recent scams involve calls from individuals saying that they represent your government or embassy. Scammers may be speaking to you in your national language - for example, scammers may target Chinese nationals by speaking in Chinese. Scammers may accuse you of tax fraud or money laundering. Do not respond to ANY demands for money made by phone or email. 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 at 972-883-2222 to report any suspicious activity.