This is a sample letter for the department to complete for the purpose of traveling and visa renewal.
[Date – as close to date of travel]
To Whom It May Concern:
This letter is to certify that [name of student] is enrolled as a full-time F-1 student pursuing a Ph.D. degree in [name of department] at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). He is currently in good standing and is in the dissertation stage of his studies. [name of student] is expected to graduate in June of [year of completion].
[name of student] will be traveling abroad for vacation purposes [to attend a conference, to attend a wedding, and/or to visit a sick family member] and will be requesting a new visa to reenter the U.S. It is important for [name of student] that he returns to the U.S. as soon as possible to resume his studies. Any courtesies extended to him would be greatly appreciated.
For additional information, please contact UCSF’s International Students and Scholars Office at telephone: (415) 476-1773 or fax: (415) 476-8119.