• The Student and Visitor Exchange Program (SEVP) ended its COVID-19 guidance on May 11, 2023, following the end of the Public Health Emergency. The guidance allowed active F-1 students to take online and hybrid courses during the pandemic in excess of normal regulatory limits. With the end of the COVID-19 accommodations, the following […]
  • U.S. lifts COVID-19 test requirement for international travel As of 12:01 a.m. ET on June 12, 2022, CDC will no longer require air passengers traveling from a foreign country to the United States to show a negative COVID-19 viral test or documentation of recovery from COVID-19 before they board their flight. […]
  • Hosted by International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) All workshops will be held from 10 – 11:30 a.m. via Zoom Department and division staff training on ISSS procedures, document requirements, and immigration regulations Pleas register in order to receive the zoom link for each workshop. 
  • Beginning on October 19, 2020, the premium processing fee for forms I-129 and I-140 will increase to $2,500 (from $1,440). This affects requests for premium processing on all applications for H-1B, O-1 and Permanent Residence filed by the campus. Premium Processing Service provides expedited processing for certain employment-based petitions and […]
  • SEVP Rescinds July 6 Guidance – F-1 Students May Study Remotely On Tuesday, July 14, SEVP rescinded its guidance of July 6, 2020, which would have prohibited all F-1 students from taking only online courses while remaining in the US.  Schools may now follow the updated  SEVP guidance of July 15, 2020.   Continuing […]
  • Presidential Proclamation Summary On Monday, June 22, 2020, President Trump issued a Presidential Proclamation entitled “Proclamation Suspending Entry of Aliens Who Present a Risk to the U.S. Labor Market Following the Coronavirus Outbreak.” The Proclamation suspends entry into the US by a variety of visa holders, included among them are H-1B visa holders and […]
  • On Friday, May 29, 2020, President Trump issued a Presidential Proclamation entitled “Proclamation on the Suspension of Entry as Nonimmigrants of Certain Students and Researchers from the People’s Republic of China”.    The Proclamation suspends entry into the US by Chinese nationals on F-1 or J1 visas, for graduate study or for research, […]
  • On Wednesday, April 22, the President signed a new proclamation suspending entry of immigrants to the U.S. for 60 days. The order affects only those individuals who are currently outside of the U.S. as of Thursday, April 23, 2020 and who subsequently seek to enter the U.S. as a lawful permanent resident (LPR) but […]
  • Due to COVID-19 impacts on USCIS processing and international travel, ISSS has updates on H-1B and TN application processes. Update 1: USCIS Temporarily Suspends Premium Processing  What does this mean? On Friday, March 20, USCIS suspended Premium Processing for all applications using Forms I-129 or I-140, which are included in all […]
  • Summer Edge Program is an exciting opportunity for new International students to transition with confidence to university life in the United States, get a head start on degree progress, and meet other new international and domestic UC Santa Cruz students. Come and experience a rigorous academic environment at a world-class […]
Last modified: Jul 06, 2023