International Students & Scholars Office

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


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

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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.

Increase in Department of Homeland Security Filing Fees

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has published a new rule that raises immigration filing fees. Effective November 18, 2016, all H-1B requests submitted by Departments to HR must include checks written with the new DHS fee amounts. See relevant fee changes for employment-related petitions and benefits.

New STEM OPT Regulations

On Friday, March 11, 2016 the Dept. of Homeland Security published the final rule implementing new STEM OPT regulations to be effective on May 10, 2016. Learn more about the new STEM OPT regulations.