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All Articles with the Category: International Students and Scholars

Changes in Practice for J-1 Scholar Processing Fees

9 September, 2021 The International Students and Scholars Office (ISS) proposes to change its practice of not allowing J-1 scholars to pay our processing fees for issuing a DS-2019. Currently, our practice is to permit only the PI/Department to pay these fees, when in reality there is no regulatory statute to prevent the scholar from...
By ISS Staff | | International Students and Scholars

Situation in Afghanistan + UCR resources for students and scholars

Dear Campus Community, As you have seen from recent news coverage, the safety and security situation in Afghanistan has unraveled quickly as Allied troops withdraw and the Taliban resurgence took over the Afghan government. It is upsetting to watch the news coverage in Afghanistan and other areas of the world that are experiencing violence and...

ISS Town Hall Discussion on Recent Violence Directed Toward Asians and Asian-Americans

Please join us for an end of-the-quarter ISS Town Hall on Thursday, March 25 at 9:00 a.m. pacific time. The increase in verbal attacks and physical violence directed toward Asians and Asian-Americans during the pandemic, most recently the horrific and senseless killings at Atlanta-area this past last Tuesday, are shocking. The ISS team is here...
By ISS Staff | | International Students and Scholars

ISS Town Hall Discussion on COVID-19, CA Stay at Home Guidance, Travel, and Winter 2021

As students and scholars prepare for the Winter Break, the ISS team held a final Town Hall meeting to discuss current issues before the university closes. Topics included California’s Regional Stay at Home Order, California’s Travel and Quarantine Advisory, Global Travel Restrictions, and Winter 2021 SEVP Registration Guidance for F-1 students. In addition, pre-submitted questions...
By ISS Staff | | International Students and Scholars

Finals Week Tips

Hello Highlanders. It’s finally week 10, the last week of the quarter before finals. The COVID-19 pandemic has made the quarter more difficult with remote learning, but UCR faculty and staff are working hard to support all of you. Whether you are happy that the quarter is almost over or you are just getting started...
By Jenna Nguo | | International Students and Scholars

ISS Pre-Arrival Webinar for Incoming International Students (Winter 2021 Arrival)

The ISS team hosted a Pre-Arrival Webinar for incoming international students on November 13, 2020. For those who were not able to join us, you can watch a replay of the webinar below, along with resources and links to additional information shared. Dear New Students, Thank you for joining us for the webinar last Friday...
By ISS Staff | | International Students and Scholars

ISS Town Hall Discussion on Proposed Duration of Status Rule

The Department of Homeland Security has proposed a change to the Duration of Status (D/S) rule that would limit the amount of time students and scholars can remain in the US to two or four years, depending on specific conditions. The ISS team hosted a Town Hall discussion to provide an overview of the new...
By ISS Staff | | International Students and Scholars

Celebrating Halloween

Halloween is tomorrow, October 31! Halloween is a holiday celebrated in many countries on October 31 to remember the dead. There are many fun traditions to do at home with family and/or friends, such as decorating, trying recipes, and carving pumpkins. When it comes to dressing up in costume for Halloween, it is important to...
By Jenna Nguo | | International Students and Scholars

Suggestions for Student Success

While the world is still responding to the coronavirus pandemic, it can be challenging to adjust to learning at home. However, being away from campus does not mean that the campus resources are not available to you. In fact, UCR faculty and staff are working extra hard to help you do your best. We have...
By Jenna Nguo | | International Students and Scholars

Fall 2020 Update – sent to continuing international students from ISS, August 2, 2020

Dear continuing international students, Thank you for your patience as the University works through the guidance for international students for the fall quarter. It has been stressful and difficult for all of us to wait for specific instructions. We want to do as much as we can on the front end to try to make...

Message from UCR Chancellor: UC Riverside supports international students, July 15, 2020

Dear Campus Community, At UC Riverside, we value international students. Representing more than eighty countries, our international students not only study on our campus but also serve as ambassadors for UCR throughout the world. We realize greater breadth of perspectives because they have chosen to make UCR their educational home. Many contribute to our research...

UC statement on Department of Homeland Security reversal of international student visa order From UC Office of the President, July 14,2020

University of California Board of Regents Chair John A. Pérez and President Janet Napolitano issued the following joint statement today (July 14) on the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s decision to rescind a directive that would have forced international students to leave the country if their schools held all classes online due to COVID-19: This...

ISS Update: Fall 2020 Government Guidance, July 10, 2020

We want to reassure you that the entire UCR community, the University California System and educators across the U.S. continue to advocate for changes to the recently announced governmental guidance impacting F-1 international students. We are on your side. The University of California system announced plans to sue the federal government over the policies. A...

Message from International Affairs/ISS to Deans, July 10, 2020

Dear UCR Community, As you know, Monday’s sudden announcement from the Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) prompted immediate action from colleges, universities, and higher education organizations across the country. The University of California system announced plans to file suit against the federal government. Nearly 100 professional organizations have signed a joint letter with the...

Message to current F-1 students from ISS office, July 8th, 2020

Dear F-1 Students, As you know we are currently evaluating the latest government guidance for the Fall 2020 quarter and we will update you when we have more information. In the meantime, we hope that you will take a few moments of your time to let us know where you are currently and what your...

UC poised to sue federal government over new visa policy for international students, July 8, 2020

The University of California today (July 8) announced new plans to file suit against the federal government for violating the rights of the University and its students when the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) directed Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to bar international students from staying in the country if they attend U.S. universities...

Message to Deans, Faculty and Staff re: ICE announcement, July 7, 2020

Dear Colleagues, As you may know, guidance was released yesterday from the Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) about temporary procedures related to international students taking online courses for Fall 2020. The impact of this announcement is not yet clear for our campus, based on the way we are planning to move forward for the...

Message to incoming F-1 students from ISS office, July 7 , 2020

Dear F-1 international students, We are currently reviewing the guidance that was released by the government for the Fall 2020 quarter at UCR. The impact of this announcement is not yet clear for our campus, based on the way we are planning to move forward for the Fall. Our office is also waiting for additional...

Statement from UC President Janet Napolitano on ICE announcement, July 7, 2020

Statement from UC President Janet Napolitano today (July 7, 2020): “The University of California recognizes that our country benefits when the world’s brightest students and academics learn, teach and research on our shores. International students provide unique contributions that enrich our campuses and their perspectives ensure that we continue to be a leading academic force...

UCR Provost’s Statement on Recent ICE Announcement for International Students, July 7, 2020

Dear Campus Community: Yesterday, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement announced that the Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) would modify temporary exemptions for nonimmigrant students taking online classes due to the pandemic for the fall 2020 term. The implementation and impact of this modification are not yet clear, but it is cause for concern. UC...
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