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.


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.

UC Davis Streamlines Services for International Students and Scholars

November 14, 2018
At UC Davis, Services for International Students and Scholars (SISS) processes and provides support to these individuals, over 8,000 of whom fall under the regulations of the Department of Homeland Security’s Student and Exchange Visitor Program.

Humanizing Deportation exhibit continues at I-House

November 02, 2018
A month-long program at International House Davis that features personal stories of deportation in order to humanize what is often a discussion based more on policy and statistics has been extended into December.

Understanding Unlawful Presence

Services for International Students and Scholars (SISS) invites you to participate in a panel presentation about the new United States Customs and Immigration Services (USCIS) Accrual of Unlawful Presence policy. 

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.