Terra Dotta


What is Terra Dotta?

International Student Services (ISS) now uses Terra Dotta software to manage international student records. All international students at Texas A&M University will be able to use the software to initiate requests using their NetID and password.  

You may navigate to our public Terra Dotta directly at https://tamu-iss.terradotta.com/. If you have never submitted a request through Terra Dotta before, you will not have a profile and your CAS log-in credentials will not work.

At this time paper requests submitted via email to iss@tamu.edu will be converted into digital requests on behalf of the student. Effective October 1, 2020 we will no longer accept paper requests. Please review our updates listed below or details at https://tamu-iss.terradotta.com/.
 

Fall 2020 Implementation Updates


September 14, 2020

International Student Services (ISS) is proud to announce the completion of Stage 2 of the Fall 2020 Terra Dotta Implementation! Unlike previous stages, new programs have been launched within the system for immediate use.  

Programs Now Live for Use (found at https://tamu-iss.terradotta.com/):

  • Immigration Document Replacement / Copy Request (F-1 Students) 
  • Immigration Document Replacement / Copy Request (J-1 Students) 
  • Travel Signature Request (F-1 Students) 
  • Travel Signature Request (J-1 Students) 
  • Co-Enrollment / Other School Enrollment (F-1 Students Only
  •  Social Security Endorsement (F-1 Students Only) 
  • Optional Practical Training Employment Reporting 
  • 24 STEM Extension of OPT Request 
  • STEM Extension of OPT 6 Month Validation Reporting 
  • STEM Extension of OPT 12 Month Validation Reporting 
  • STEM Extension of OPT 18 Month Validation Reporting 
  • STEM Extension of OPT 24 Month Validation Reporting 
  • STEM Extension of OPT Material Change of Employment Reporting 
  • Transfer Out (F-1 Students) 
  • SEVIS to SEVIS Transfer (J-1 Students) 
  • J-2 Health Insurance Document Verification 
  • Sponsored Student Letter Requests 
  • Lawful Permanent Resident Update 


Stage 2 FAQs:

What if I already submitted a program directly to ISS@tamu.edu? 

These requests are still being created on student’s behalf within the Terra Dotta system using the old version of these programs. Students should not submit a duplicate request within Terra Dotta. This will cause significant delays in processing your request. 
 
Is there a grace period to submit requests directly to iss@tamu.edu? 

Students may submit their requests via email that are listed as launching on September 11 above until 5pm on September 18th. After 5pm on September 18th, students will be required to use the new process by submitting their requests directly through the Terra Dotta system. Please plan accordingly.  
 
Why do I see TWO records when my request is complete? 

The intent behind the implementation was to use the system to deliver information directly to SEVIS. Unfortunately, this was not feasible for all requests. As a result, students may see two records as part of our process in completing your request. In most cases, you will see the request you submitted as one record and the record Terra Dotta uses to mark SEVIS actions, usually marked with (F-M) or (J) at the end. This is by design. Some examples of programs that will have two records as part of their process are listed below: 
  • STEM Extension of OPT 6 Month Validation Reporting 
  • STEM Extension of OPT 12 Month Validation Reporting 
  • STEM Extension of OPT 18 Month Validation Reporting 
  • STEM Extension of OPT 24 Month Validation Reporting 
  • STEM Extension of OPT Material Change of Employment Reporting 

We are very excited for students to start using this system. We appreciate your patience as we continue to build on and improve on Terra Dotta to meet your needs. If you have any feedback about these programs, please email our Technology Coordinator, Martin Rosales, at mrrosales@tamu.edu 


August 28, 2020

Stage one is complete! The TDS public site is now built and ready. You can find our site in the same location at tamu-iss.terradotta.com You can read and interact with our official announcement below.
 

You will also notice that a lot of content on this website is now "gone." This content has shifted over to the public TDS site. We will be updating this page to better serve as a central repository of knowledge for the Terra Dotta system. 

Please direct all questions about this update to our technology coordinator, Martin Rosales, at mrrosales@tamu.edu 

August 14, 2020

Big changes are coming our way for Terra Dotta! We aim to launch most of our requests to be student initiated submissions by October 1st! This means this page as you know it will be going away soon. 

This page is set to update on August 28, 2020 to provide additional information and resources for departments and students. All the content that is currently on this page will be part of our new student facing portal within Terra Dotta. Check out our detailed announcement below.

 
You can also access this announcement at https://sway.office.com/RZ9A9yI69heKZQW1?ref=Link 
 
Please direct all questions about this update to our technology coordinator, Martin Rosales, at mrrosales@tamu.edu 
 

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