USCIS Announces Inflation Increase for Premium Processing Fees 

January 05, 2024
On December 28, 2023, USCIS announced that premium processing (PP) fees will increase from $2,500 to $2,805. The change primarily impacts UCSF's employment-based H-1B population. 

Onsite Requirements for J-1 Visa Holders – DOS Guidance Directive Updated June 8, 2023

June 13, 2023
Effective July 1, 2023, the U.S. Department of State’s Exchange Visitor Program (EVP) is ending its policy that permitted temporary modifications of EVPs in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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

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

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.