Understanding U.S. Department of Homeland Security Proposed Rule to Eliminate Duration of Status
University of California Issues Formal Comment Opposing Proposed Rule Change
On October 26, 2020, University of California (UC) Office of the President issued a formal comment opposing the United States Department of Homeland Security's proposed rule to eliminate duration of status (D/S) for F-1 students and J-1 students and scholars. The comment letter was signed by University of California System President Michael V. Drake and all ten chancellors, including UC Davis Chancellor Gary S. May.
Global Affairs continues to work with UC and other groups to advocate on behalf of UC Davis international students and scholars. If you have questions about your visa status, please reach out to your Services for International Students and Scholars advisor.
Originally published: Sept. 29, 2020
U.S. Department of Homeland Security Proposes Rule to Eliminate Duration of Status
We understand that 2020 has been a difficult year for everyone, and especially our international students and scholars. The need to support our international community is being discussed at the highest levels of campus leadership, and we remain committed to supporting you.
As you have probably heard, on Friday, September 25, 2020, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security published in the Federal Register a proposed rule to eliminate duration of status (D/S) for F-1 students and J-1 scholars and students, including their dependents, and proposes to set an expiration date for their authorized stay. The rule change document is over 200 pages, and right now we are working to understand the details, and the best way to respond and to protect international students and scholars. We will post more information as soon as we can on the SISS website.
There is a 30-day comment period, where written comments can be submitted. SISS and Global Affairs are already working with the University of California (UC) system-wide office of Federal Government Relations in Washington, DC to provide a UC response to this proposed rule change. We are also working with other national higher education groups to advocate on behalf of our international students and scholars.
International students and scholars are a welcomed part of our UC Davis community. As always, please reach out to your SISS Advisor as you have questions about your visa status.