International Students & Scholars Office

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US State Department Suspends of Non-immigrant Visa Processing in Turkey

On Monday, October 9, 2017 the United States Department of State announced suspension of non-immigrant visa processing for Turkish Citizens in Turkey for an unspecified period of time. Turkish citizens may still apply for non-immigrant (F, J, H-1B) visas in other countries.

Any student, trainee or faculty member using a non-immigrant visa and who is coming from Turkey or will be travelling to Turkey on vacation with an expired visa stamp, should make plans to apply for a new visa in a third country in order to be able to return to the US. If your current visa is valid then you will not be required to get a new one.

If you are a Turkish citizen and have questions about this suspension and your travel plans, please contact your ISSO Adviser or send e-mail to


ISSO Limited Services, Oct. 24–27, 2017

The International Students and Scholars Office (ISSO) will be operating on minimal staffing Oct. 24 to Oct 27, due to attendance at an off-site immigration conference. During this time:

  • ISSO will not be able to process J-1 requests during this time but will be available for travel signatures. H-1B processing will remain normal.
  • ISSO office hours will be 9 a.m.–12 p.m. and 1–4 p.m.
  • Students and scholars will be able to pick up and drop off documents.

If you have an emergency during this time, please email your ISSO adviser and add “Emergency” to the email subject line.




New US Visa Restrictions


On Sunday, September 24, 2017 President Trump issued the “Enhancing Vetting Capabilities and Processes for Detecting Attempted Entry Into the United States by Terrorists or Other Public-Safety Threats” proclamation. This proclamation requires the governments of Chad, Iran, Libya, North Korea, Syria, Venezuela, Yemen and Somalia to enhance their sharing of information with the United States before visas can be issued. Each country has unique requirements and restrictions under the proclamation. Most notably nationals of Iran sponsored on F/M student visas and J-1 Exchange visitor visas are not barred from visa issuance. Nationals of Chad, Libya and Yemen as well as government officials from Venezuela are specifically barred from B-1 Business or B-2 tourist visas. Nationals of North Korea and Somalia are barred from all visas categories.

For nationals of Iran, Libya, Syria, Yemen and Somalia who were subject to Executive Order 13780, these new restrictions are effective immediately. For nationals of Chad, North Korea and Venezuela the restrictions will begin on October 18th.

The ISSO will continue to monitor and update information about the new restrictions as soon as they develop.


Applications to UCSF MIND are open!

The UCSF Motivating Informed Decisions (MIND) program is now accepting applications on a rolling basis. This program helps graduate students and post-docs explore potential careers.


Application to the UCSF MIND program are open!

USCIS Resumes H-1B Premium Processing Service

On July 24, 2017, USCIS announced that it has resumed premium processing (15-day expedite) service for certain cap-exempt petitions. UCSF, an institution of higher education, is cap-exempt and eligible to use premium processing service again.
UCSF Departments and Scholars that wish to utilize premium processing should work with their H-1B adviser in the ISSO to make the request. A check for $1,225 payable to Department of Homeland Security will be needed to expedite an H-1B case that is either currently in preparation or pending with USCIS. Learn more about the resumption of premium processing.

UC President's Office Guidance on Supreme Court Decision on Executive Order 13780 “Travel Ban.”

On Tuesday, June 27, 2017, The University of California's Office of the President published guidance on the recent United States Supreme Court decision and implementation of Executive Order 13780. The new guidance may be read on the University of California's immigration webpage.

Supreme Court Decision on Executive Order 13780 “Travel Ban.”

On Monday, June 26, 2017, the Supreme Court of the United States granted the U.S. government’s request for a stay of the previous lower court preliminary injunctions to the Executive Order 13780 “Travel Ban. This order bars nationals of Libya, Iran, Syria, Sudan, Somalia and Yemen from entry into the US for a period of ninety days. The Supreme Court’s decision allows the implementation of the Order with the exception that nationals of the designated countries may enter the United States if they can demonstrate a “bona fide relationship with a person or entity in the United States.” Learn more about the Supreme Court’s decision.

ISSO Limited Services, May 30-June 2, 2017

The International Students and Scholars Office (ISSO) will be operating on minimal staffing May 30-June 2, due to attendance at an off-site immigration conference. Learn more about ISSO's limited services.

Updated Visa Recharge Rates, Effective July 1, 2017

The International Students and Scholars Office (ISSO) will update its visa recharge fees, effective July 1, 2017-June 30, 2019. Learn more about the updated recharge fees.

U.S. Customs & Border Patrol (CBP) Issues Information on Inspection of Electronic Devices

Learn what to expect if CBP inspects your electronic device upon re-entry from abroad.  

Yellow Fever Vaccine Shortage

Learn more about Student Health and Counseling's announcement.

UCOP issues FAQs for University Employees About Possible Federal Immigration Enforcement Actions on University Property

Learn more about UCOP guidance.

New Executive Order on Border Security and Immigration

On March 6, 2017 the President of the United States revoked his prior Executive Order 13769, which had been issued January 27, 2017, and issued a new Executive Order that temporarily suspends visa issuance and U.S. entry for citizens of Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen for a period of 90-days. Learn more about how the new executive order affects UCSF international students and scholars.

USCIS Temporarily Suspends H-1B Premium Processing

USCIS will temporarily suspend premium processing service for all H-1B petitions, effective April 3, 2017. Premium processing is a USCIS program that provides for a 15-day initial review for an additional $1,225 fee. USCIS has indicated that this suspension may last up to six months. Learn more about the USCIS temporary suspension.

Executive Order on Border Security and Immigration

ISSO would like to inform the community of an important update related to immigrant and non-immigrant visas. Effective January 27, 2017, President Trump issued an Executive Order that addresses border security and immigration. The Executive Order contains provisions that impact individuals from all countries, as well as provisions for citizens from specific countries. Learn more about the executive order.