USCIS Temporary Suspension of Premium Processing

March 22, 2020
Effective Immediately On March 20, 2020, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced the immediate and temporary suspension of premium processing service for all Form I-129 and   I-140 petitions until further notice due to Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19). The suspension will...

COVID-19 Travel Restrictions

March 20, 2020
Presidential ProclamationS To Prevent Transmission of Coronavirus           ISSO Travel Guidance COncerning Presidential ProclamationS                         ISSO Advisory Discouraging International Travel                                             UCSF Campus Guidance Related to...

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. Staff members are also actively checking emails, processing visa requests and offering orientations via Zoom. Contact your ISSO Adviser if you have any questions. 

New Public Charge Rules for Foreign Nationals

February 10, 2020
The U.S. Supreme Court granted the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) authority to implement new public charge rules. DHS' new rules cite factors that federal agencies can use to determine if a foreign national is likely to become dependent on the U.S. government or the state government for...

H-1B Premium Processing Fee Increase – Effective Immediately

December 17, 2019
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced an increase to the USCIS premium processing service fee. The DHS fee has increased from $1,410 to $1,440. Effective immediately, H-1B premium processing requests submitted to HR must include the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) fee increase...

Scams Directed at International Students and Scholars

December 16, 2019
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 the Social Security Office. A scam is when an individual pretends to be a U.S. government official and reaches out to you to request...