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USCIS Premium Processing for H-1B Extensions and Transfers Suspended, May 22, 2015

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) just announced this week that it will temporarily suspend premium processing service for H-1B renewals and H-1B transfers. To comply with USCIS policy, the International Students and Scholars Office (ISSO) is unable to request premium processing service (15-day adjudication) for H-1B renewals and H-1B transfers effective immediately through July 27, 2015. Details can be found here.

ISSO Limited Services May 26-29, 2015

The ISSO will participate in an off site Immigration Conference May 26-May 29, 2015, and will have limited services. Details can be found here.

New Policy for Shortening J-1 Programs - April 22, 2015

The U.S. Department of State has issued a Guidance Directive notifying institutions of new procedures for J-1 exchange visitors who complete their programs early. Details can be found here.

ISD Launch for H-1B Requests - April 6, 2015

The ISSO is pleased to announce that the online visa request system- International Scholar Dossier (ISD) – will go live with processing H-1B requests April 6, 2015. Additional information can be found here.

Regulatory Changes for J-Exchange Visitors

In October, the United States Department of State published a substantial change to J-regulations with the intention of better protecting program participants.  A summary of the changes that directly affect J-1 and J-2 holders and their hosts can be found here.

Tax Information

The ISSO will work with UCSF's Tax/Payroll Specialist and the California State Tax Franchise Board to offer federal and state tax workshops, which will be held in late March 2015. We will notify international students and scholars of these workshops, as well as share information about Glacier's Tax Prep Software in late February by email. Please note that ISSO Adviser's are legally unable to provide tax advice. For tax resources, please see http://isso.ucsf.edu/taxes

Executive Action on Immigration

Aronson & Associates shares how Obama's execution action on immigration affects foreign nationals. Read their summary here.

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