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 March
The ISSO puts on many workshops for students during the Spring. See below for opportunities that might interest you.
- Thursday, March 14 from 2pm - 3:30pm in SSB 3.107
- Thursday, March 21 from 2pm - 3:30pm in SSB 3.107
- Tuesday, March 26 from 2pm - 3:30pm in SSB 3.107
ISSO Current E-mail Board
If you sent an e-mail to [email protected] about an immigration matter prior to Sunday, February 24, and you still need assistance, please re-send your e-mail so that an advisor may assist you. Due to the volume of incoming mail, spring semester email response times may range from one to two weeks. Plan ahead and reach out to the ISSO early for any questions that you may have.
We would like to recommend some alternatives to e-mail that may meet your needs:
- If your question is not urgent schedule an appointment.
- If you are authorizing someone to collect your document send an e-mail to [email protected]
- If your request is supported with an e-form visit https://icomet.utdallas.edu.
- If you want to learn more about Curricular Practical Training visit the CPT Workshop.
- If you want to learn more about Optional Practical Training visit the OPT Workshop.
- If you would like to know the status of your request please check your UT Dallas email account. If the advisor needs additional information to process your request they will send you an email. You will also receive a confirmation e-mail once your request is completed.
Financial Figures Updated for Fall 2019
The amount of funding required to issue a new I-20 for changes of level, adding dependents, etc., has been updated and is effective as of March 4, 2019. Visit the ISSO Estimated Expenses for I-20 webpage for additional information.
ISSO is going paperless! Use iComet to Submit Requests
Many common I-20 and letter requests can now be submitted through the iComet Portal, including travel endorsement requests, I-20 reprint requests, immigration document copy requests, letter requests, and passport expiration updates. Log in to iComet using your UT Dallas NetID and password.
New I-539 Form
Starting March 11, USCIS is releasing a new version of Form I-539, an application form that is used for change of status applications and reinstatement applications. Along with the new Form I-539, USCIS will begin requiring applicants to pay an $85 biometrics fee and attend an appointment that will be scheduled at a USCIS Applicant Support Center where biometrics such as fingerprints will be collected.
Reset Your SEVP Portal Password
The SEVP Portal is available to students who have been approved for OPT. If you have been locked out of your account or do not remember your password, you can now reset your account directly through the SEVP Portal log in page. The Study in the States website offers instructions on how to use the SEVP Portal.
STEM Validation Reports Reminder
All students on STEM OPT must submit a validation report every 6 months. The validation report due dates are exactly 6, 12, 18, and 24 months from your STEM OPT start date. The validation report due dates are not based on your employment start date and are not affected by changing jobs. For each validation report, you must submit the STEM OPT Reporting Form with Section B and C completely filled out, even if your information has not changed. For the 12 and 24 month validation reports, you must also submit your I-983 with the appropriate evaluation completed on Page 5.
Attorney Seminar for LGBT International and Domestic Students
Local attorney Katie Sprinkle will be presenting a seminar on April 1st from 4pm to 5pm for LGBT international and domestic students. Ms. Sprinkle is experienced in assisting students with name and gender marker changes and will be speaking about the process and considerations for students looking to change their documents.
H-1B Filing Season
The H-1B filing season will begin on April 1, 2019. If you need copies of your UT Dallas I-20 forms, complete the Immigration Document Copy Request through the iComet Portal. Please keep in mind, the ISSO can only provide copies of documents that we have on file. It is the your responsibility to maintain your immigration records.
Fraud Alert from UTD Police
The UTD Police recently reported a significant increase in fraud attempts via employment scams targeted at the UTD Community. A common scam seen this semester is persons portraying themselves to be law enforcement (Immigration or IRS) and threatening to put you in jail if you don’t immediately pay a tax or fine via a gift card or iTunes card. No law enforcement agency will ever ask you to pay a fine by such payment. If you receive a call or email 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.
All people who resided in the United States between January 1 and December 31 of 2018 must file a U.S. tax form. Refer to Intercultural Programs Taxes website for further information on filing and upcoming workshop opportunities.
Travel Signatures for Spring Break Travel
If travelling outside of the U.S. for Spring Break make sure your most recent I-20 has a valid travel endorsement. If needed you may submit the travel endorsement requests in iComet to receive a new I-20 with travel endorsement before you travel. You may also visit the ISSO during express advising to have your current I-20 endorsed for travel. For further information visit the Traveling Outside the U.S. webpage.
Submit Signed I-20 through iComet
Submit copies of your signed I-20s directly to your student record through iComet. The ISSO will keep any copies you submit with your student record and can provide copies of your submitted immigration documents to you in the future if you need them.
Do Not Delay Your Graduation
Postponing graduation when you have completed all the courses required to earn your degree is a violation of the immigration regulations. For more information visit the Graduation and Beyond webpage.
ISSO Processing Times
ISSO processing times will continue to be 1-2 weeks for most tasks through the spring semester. We expect that the processing times will decrease in the summer and fall as the ISSO increases staffing levels. Please plan ahead and submit your requests to ISSO as early as possible.
ISSO Open Normal Business Hours During Spring Break
The ISSO will be open normal business hours during Spring Break which is the week of March 18 through March 24. Immigration advising is available if needed.