These are unprecedented times; we hope you are doing well and staying safe and healthy. Here is some information that may be of interest to you.
ISSO Advising Services Available
Contact an advisor
Advisors are working remotely and can answer your immigration questions in a scheduled appointment or through the Ask an Advisor eForm in iComet. Scheduled appointments are conducted through Microsoft Teams. All students and alumni on OPT have access to Microsoft Teams using your NetID and password (http://www.fuse-id.com/oit/o365/).
ISSO Office Phone Lines
2020欧洲杯小组赛 ISSO staff will continue to work mostly remotely and off-campus. However, our welcome desk staff will begin to answer phone calls to our main office line in September. Look out for more information in the September Immigration News.
The mandatory CPT and OPT workshops are available online through iComet. In-person workshops are cancelled until the university re-opens.
ISSO Group Chats
Coming soon! The ISSO will be hosting small group sessions on a variety of hot topics. Advisors will meet with small groups of students via Microsoft Teams. We will present some information about the topic, and then have a Q&A with the group. Watch our webpage for updates: fuse-id.com/ic/issoadvising/.
Fall Enrollment Requirements
If you are a transfer or continuing student who was maintaining F-1 status on March 9, 2020, you will be able to continue to maintain F-1 status by enrolling full-time for the fall semester. You may enroll in either a fully online program of study or a hybrid course of study. You may attend synchronously, or asynchronously within the U.S. or abroad. You should enroll full time unless you are eligible for a reduced course load authorization from the ISSO (for example, due to graduation, CPT, medical or academic reasons). If UT Dallas later transitions to fully online study, you will be able to maintain your immigration status in the U.S, and do not need to depart the U.S.New F-1 Students
If you are a new student who will be entering the U.S. to begin your studies, you must take at least one class with a face-to-face component. This includes classes in the traditional lecture, hybrid, and HyFlex modalities. You must be prepared to participate in the in-person components. All other classes may be taken online and/or asynchronously. If UT Dallas later transitions to fully online study, you will be able to maintain your immigration status in the U.S, and do not need to depart the U.S.New F-V
If you are a new student who will be beginning your studies remotely outside of the U.S., you may take all of your courses asynchronously2020欧洲杯小组赛 online. Keep in mind that "F-V" is not an immigration status - it is a category that UT Dallas is using to help keep track of our students who are beginning their studies abroad. Your F-1 status begins when you enter the U.S. with your F-1 visa and I-20. Until then, you are not limited by F-1 regulations. For more information about Virtual Start, please see our webpage: fuse-id.com/ic/isso/F1virtualstart/.
New Coronavirus Scams
Criminals are exploiting fear about COVID-19 by designing scams based on this topic. The ISSO has received reports of scammers calling students, pretending to be government officials and threatening deportation. U.S. government agencies . If you have any questions about a potential contact or scam, call the UT Dallas Police at 972-883-2222. You may also report potential scams to [email protected]
Official communications from UT Dallas about COVID-19 will continue to be provided via UT Dallas email addresses and the UT Dallas website, fuse-id.com/coronavirus/. If you are uncertain about the source of communications you receive, please validate legitimacy. You may also contact the UT Dallas Information Security Office [email protected].
ISSO COVID-19 FAQ Page
We know you have many questions about how the COVID-19 pandemic may affect your immigration status or future. We've compiled answers to some common questions on our webpage. This page will be updated as more information becomes available - fuse-id.com/isso/covid19-faq/.
Time Sensitive Reminders for F-1 Students
Change of Level
Students who will complete an academic program or end OPT in Spring 2020 and who will continue or begin another degree program in the Summer or Fall 2020 semester, must obtain a Change of Level I-20 to maintain their F-1 status. You must request for your Change of Level I-20 in a timely fashion in order to maintain your F-1 status. See the ISSO Change of Level webpage for more details.
F-1 Optional Practical Training
If you will graduate in the summer 2020 semester, you may be eligible for post-completion Optional Practical Training (OPT). For more information attend an OPT workshop on iComet or visit the ISSO Optional Practical Training webpage.
If you plan to graduate in the Fall 2020 semester, the first day to apply for Post-Completion OPT is September 9, 2020. Some students may wish to apply for OPT early, due to the long for OPT applications. Please keep in mind that prior to requesting your OPT I-20, you must do the following:
- Attend the OPT workshop, either in-person or online
- Apply for graduation
Graduation Application Deadline for Fall Graduates
Fall 2020 F-1 graduates must apply for graduation by 11:59pm on September 15, 2020 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.
Iranian Students Studying Outside the U.S.
If you are a new or continuing Iranian student, you should have received an email from the ISSO asking you for information about your studies. In order to lawfully receive online instruction while in Iran during the fall or spring semester, you must obtain a license for this study from the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC). The ISSO is working with the Office of Research Integrity and Outreach to assist students with this process. If you have any questions, email the Office of Research Integrity and Outreach.
Ensure your Home Address in Galaxy is up to date for Fall 2020 Study
Check your Galaxy account to make sure your current physical address is listed as your home address. If you are a continuing F-1 student who will be studying outside the U.S. for the fall 2020 semester, the ISSO will be sending you a new, electronic I-20 by September 16, 2020. The new I-20 will include a remark stating that you are studying outside the U.S. for this semester. You do not need to submit a request - the ISSO will automatically issue the I-20 for all F-1 students with home addresses in Galaxy that are located outside the U.S.
Original Documents for SSN Applications
2020欧洲杯小组赛 If you are starting a new job on-campus or on CPT and need a Social Security Number, you will need your original Form I-20 and an SSN letter from the ISSO in order to apply. When you request an SSN letter, we will send you information on how to receive your new I-20. You will need to follow the instructions in the email and fill out the required form. Once your I-20 has been printed, you will be able to pick it up from the UTD Police Department or request it be shipped to you. To schedule an SSN appointment with the Social Security Administration, please call 866-572-2492.
ISSO Fee Increases Effective September 1, 2020
The ISSO is primarily supported by student fees, which go directly into providing support services for international students. There are several fee increases that will be effective starting in fall 2020. The ISSO fee is applied to nonimmigrant students each semester and will increase from $100 to $150. For a list of fee-exempt immigration categories, please visit our webpage: fuse-id.com/ic/isso/fee/. The fee for Post-Completion OPT will increase from $100 to $150, and the fee for STEM OPT will increase from $100 to $300. There are no changes to the CPT fee.
USCIS Fee Increases Effective October 2, 2020
2020欧洲杯小组赛USCIS announced on July 31, 2020 that it has completed a review of its fee structure and will be increasing fees in order to cover operating costs. The filing fee for the I-765, used for OPT, will increase from $410 to $550. The filing fee for the I-539, used for changing status, will increase from $370 to $390. For a full list of changes and a complete table of final fees, see the . This final rule is effective Oct. 2, 2020. Any application, petition, or request postmarked on or after this date must include payment of the new, correct fees established by this final rule.
Students Traveling from International Destinations into On-Campus Housing
2020欧洲杯小组赛In accordance with the US Center for Disease Control, students who are traveling to UTD from international destinations, or students who have traveled to the U.S. from an international destination within 14 days of their move in period will be required to quarantine off campus for 14 days prior to moving into their on-campus housing assignment.
Students will also be asked to provide University Housing with official documents, stating their date of arrival into the United States. These documents must be provided before they are allowed to move into their fall assignment. We may also ask students to provide the location that they choose to complete their quarantine requirements. For more information email [email protected]
Submit Processing Requests to ISSO Early
2020欧洲杯小组赛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 3-4 weeks in advance of when you need them.