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 Temporary Protected Status

UC Office of the President has issued a FAQ sheet for affected students with TPS from El Salvador, Haiti and Honduras. Learn more about the FAQ sheet.

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.

Non-Immigrant Visa Processing Resumes for Turkish Citizens

The US has resumed processing non-immigrant visas for Turkish citizens on a limited basis. Learn more about the re-opening of limited visa services

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.

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. 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. Learn more about the Supreme Court’s decision.

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.  

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.

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.