International Students and Scholars Office

Providing the highest quality of service in areas that support the social, cultural, and immigration needs of the UCSF international community.

ISSO Closed September 12

ISSO will be closed Thursday, September 12 for a staff retreat. We will reopen September 13 at 9am. Please email [email protected] if you have an emergency during this time.

Scams Directed at International Students and Scholars

International students and scholars around the Bay Area (including UCSF) have been targeted by a phone “scam” involving someone claiming to be from the Social Security Office. Learn more about how to scams.

Updated Visa Recharge Fees

The International Students and Scholars Office (ISSO) will update its visa recharge fees for all visa requests submitted on or after July 1, 2019. Learn more about the updated fees.

Immigration Updates

The past few months, there have been immigration developments that can impact the UCSF international community. We encourage the international community to review the immigration updates.

H-1B Premium Processing Fee Increase

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) just announced an increase to the USCIS premium processing service fee. The DHS fee has increased from $1,225 to $1,410. Learn more about the increased premium processing fee.

Presidential Proclamation Fully or Partially Restricts US Entry 

Effective December 4, 2017, the Supreme Court ruled that Presidential Proclamation 9645 (also known as the Travel Ban) can go into effect while legal challenges proceed. This Proclamation partially or fully restricts entry into the United States for nationals of Chad, Iran, Libya, North Korea, Syria, Venezuela Yemen and Somalia. Learn more about the Presidential Proclamation.

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. Learn more about the latest USCIS visa restrictions.

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.