Coronavirus Information and Resources for UC Davis International Students and Scholars

We continue to follow the developments of Coronavirus (COVID-19) and monitor situations on campus and around the world. Your wellbeing and educational experience are our prioritiesSee the updates and resourcesThe UC Davis International Center is currently closed, but we are still here to help: please email your SISS advisor directly with questions or to set up a remote appointment. Find your advisor listed on our Contact Us page.

Immigration Updates

Understanding U.S. Department of Homeland Security Proposed Rule to Eliminate Duration of Status

September 29, 2020
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.

Guidance for Fall 2020

September 01, 2020
The federal government has canceled plans to adopt and enforce new Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) guidelines and related FAQs for fall 2020, which were announced by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security on July 6 and July 7, respectively.

Unlawful Presence FAQs

August 07, 2020
On October 8, 2018, SISS hosted a panel presentation to discuss UCSIS changes in counting days of unlawful presence. This page contains questions from international students, scholars and UC Davis staff and answers from the panel of Services for International Students and Scholars advisors.

Understanding the June 22, 2020 Proclamation Suspending Entry of Some Nonimmigrant Visas to the United States

June 25, 2020
On June 22, 2020, President Donald Trump issued the “Proclamation Suspending Entry of Aliens Who Present a Risk to the U.S. Labor Market Following the Coronavirus Outbreak.” This proclamation continues Proclamation 10014 of April 22, 2020, impacting nonimmigrant visas. This prohibits foreign nationals from entering the United States on H, L, and some J visas. The UC Davis community may have questions regarding this proclamation. Services for International Students and Scholars (SISS) has addressed some below.

Understanding the April 22, 2020, Proclamation Suspending Entry of Immigrants to the U.S.

June 23, 2020
On April 22, 2020, President Donald Trump issued a proclamation, effective April 23, 2020 at 11:59 p.m. (ET), restricting entry into the United States for certain immigrants. This proclamation does not affect Legal Permanent Residents (LPR/Green Card holders), or those who currently have a nonimmigrant visa such as F-1, J-1, TN, E-3, O-1 or H1-B. It is our understanding that the processing of petitions such as Forms I-140 (the petition for alien workers) and I-485 (adjustment of status to LPR for individuals in the US) are not affected by the proclamation.

Statement on Public Charge

September 20, 2019
As you know, here at the University of California, Davis, we are committed to building a diverse community of students, scholars, faculty, and staff. This includes the over 10,000 international students and scholars we welcome to campus from around the world. Changing government rules regarding the definition of persons considered a “public charge” have created much uncertainty among our international community. We hope that the following summary will provide you with an introduction to this issue.  

Changes in Counting Days of Unlawful Presence

August 14, 2018
Effective August 9, 2018, USCIS made fundamental changes to its policy on how an immigration status violation might lead to a student and scholar not being allowed to enter the United States for a number of years or permanently.

Executive Order on Immigration

August 02, 2018
The University of California opposes limits on the free flow of students, faculty, scholars and researchers that are at the core of the University’s education, research, and public service missions.  As such, the Trump Administration’s executive orders are anathema to advancing knowledge and international cooperation.