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  • October 16, 2020

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    Increase in Premium Processing Fee

    October 16, 2020

    Beginning on Monday, October 19, 2020, the premium processing fee for H-1B, O-1, and Permanent Residence petitions will increase to $2,500 (from $1,440).

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    ISSS Virtual Fall Immigration Workshop Series

    October 15, 2020

    Departments and Divisions are invited to join International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) to learn about ISSS procedures, document requirements, and immigration regulations.

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    SEVP Rescinds July 6 Guidance – F-1 Students May Study Remotely

    July 15, 2020

    On Tuesday, July 14, SEVP rescinded its guidance of July 6, 2020, which would have prohibited all F-1 students from taking only online courses while remaining in the US.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 continue to follow the SEVP guidance of March 9, 2020 for the duration of the emergency. Continuing students who are present in the US may continue their studies, even if they will pursue remote course of study. Please continue to check back for up-to-date guidance related to possible future changes.

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    Presidential Proclamation Suspending Certain Work Visas - Summary and FAQ

    June 22, 2020

    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."

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    Presidential Proclamation on Certain Chinese Students and Researchers

    June 1, 2020

    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”.

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    USCIS Resumes Premium Processing

    May 29, 2020

    U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that it will resume premium processing for Form I-129, Petition for a Nonimmigrant Worker and Form I-140, Immigrant Petition for Alien Workers, in phases over the next month.

  • Immigration Update

    Immigration Update

    April 23, 2020

    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 seek to enter the U.S. as a lawful permanent resident (LPR) but don’t have a valid green card with an immigrant visa.

  • Application Process Updates

    H-1B and TN application processes update

    March 24, 2020

    Due to COVID-19 impacts on USCIS processing and international travel, ISSS has updates on H-1B and TN application processes.

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    Attend the Winter Travel Signature Day

    February 25, 2020

    ISSS is offering a Travel Signature Day on March 11, 2020 from 11-3pm in the College 9/10 Community Room

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    Get a jump start on the academic year with Summer Edge Program

    February 11, 2020

    Incoming international students can enroll in Summer Edge to earn credits towards a degree before the start of fall quarter! Summer Edge offers international students an opportunity to take UCSC courses and acclimate to life in Santa Cruz.

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    Congratulations to the Sara Matthews Scholarship recipients

    April 23, 2019

    The Sara Matthews Scholarship, awarded by International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS), is granted to deserving undergraduate international students of Sophomore or Junior standing at UC Santa Cruz to help with educational costs. Selected international students received a scholarship up to $4,000 applied towards their Spring tuition.

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    Apply for the LewerMark Make Your Mark Scholarship

    March 6, 2019

    The LewerMark Student Insurance Make Your Mark scholarship program is now accepting entries. The scholarship is open to all active F, J, M or Q visa-holders and DACA recipients currently enrolled in a U.S. institute of education.

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    International student, Chelcie Ndong, recognized as a change maker on campus

    February 25, 2019

    In November, Services for Transfer and Re-entry Students (STARS) recognized transfer students who are thoughtful and engaged leaders at UC Santa Cruz, including Chelcie Ndong, an international undergraduate student from Gabon.

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    Update to SEVP accounts allow users to reset their password

    February 25, 2019

    SEVP Portal users can now reset their own accounts if they have been locked out of their account. A “password reset” option is available on the SEVP Portal login page. Portal users no longer need to request a password reset from ISSS.

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    Prepare for tax season with filing assistance and educational workshops

    February 25, 2019

    International students and scholars, prepare for tax season with filing assistance and educational workshops provided by UC Santa Cruz.

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    Participate in the Global Photo Contest

    February 19, 2019

    This photo contest showcases diverse cultural perspectives through photographs accompanied by short commentaries explaining the photo’s cultural significance to the photographer.

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    Applications Open for Global Leader Positions

    January 3, 2019

    The Division of Global Engagement is looking for motivated, responsible and enthusiastic individuals to serve as Global Leaders during Global Start, international student orientation.

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    Winter 2019 OPT Workshops

    December 18, 2018

    ISSS is offering Optional Practical Training (OPT) workshops during the winter quarter of 2019.

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    New Premium Processing Fee

    November 5, 2018

    As of October 1, the Premium Processing fee for applications to USCIS has been raised to $1410 (from $1225).

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    Celebrate International Education Week in November

    October 30, 2018

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    Executive Order Travel Ban Updates

    June 26, 2018

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    Students Invited to Get a Jump Start on the Academic Year with the Graduate Preparation Program

    May 14, 2018

    International graduate students are invited to register for the fall 2018 “Graduate Preparation Program.” This four-week intensive non-credit program is open to newly admitted international graduate students.