Federal Updates for F-1 International Students Enrolled in Remote Coursework

May 22, 2023
Beginning Fall 2023 online instruction is limited to no more than one class (or three units) per term for all F-1 students

Onsite Requirement for J-1 Visa Holders

May 05, 2022
The U.S. Department of State (USDOS) requires that J-1 exchange visitors participate in onsite work at least three days per week until June 30, 2023 after which time full-time presence will be required.

Scams Directed at International Students and Scholars

May 14, 2021
A number of international students and scholars around the Bay Area (including UCSF) have been targeted by a phone “scam” involving someone claiming to be from a government agency.

Letter from UC System to Department of State and Department of Homeland Security

April 30, 2021
On behalf of the ten campuses of the University of California (UC), UC President Michael Drake and UC Chancellors express the urgent need for immediate action to allow international s

Expansion of Nonimmigrant Interview Waivers - Visa Renewals

March 09, 2021
The Department of Homeland Security has temporarily expanded the ability of consular officers to waive the in-person interview requirement for individuals applying for a nonimmigrant visa in the same classification.  Previously, only those applicants whose nonimmigrant visa expired within 24 mont

US Department of State Requires Negative COVID-Test Prior to Traveling to the US

January 28, 2021
US Department of State Requires Negative COVID-Test Prior to Traveling to the US: all air passengers two years of age or older arrivi

USCIS Announces Increase in Premium Processing Fee - Effective Immediately

October 16, 2020
USCIS announced today that premium processing fees have increased from $1,440 to $2,500. The change is effective immediately and primarily impacts UCSF's H-1B population.

Presidential Proclamation of Certain Graduate Students and Researchers from the PRC

June 02, 2020
On May 29, 2020, a Presidential Proclamation was issued which bars visa issuance for certain foreign nationals who are both affiliated with the People’s Republic of China (PRC), and affiliated with the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) or other institutions supporting the PLA’s “military-civil fusion...

CARES Act Stimulus Payments

April 20, 2020
The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) will be issuing stimulus payments to individuals who hold resident alien status for tax purposes.

Update on ISSO Services

March 17, 2020
Although ISSO is closed to walk in traffic, we are available via Zoom and by phone for advising appointments.