Coronavirus Information and Resources for UC Davis International Students and Scholars

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Use of Outside Counsel

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UC Davis Policy Regarding Outside Counsel

Policies regarding University legal representation require departments to consult with SISS when outside counsel is considered for immigration issues.

SISS coordinates with the UC Davis Office of Campus Counsel and the UC Office of General Counsel (OGC), which is responsible for handling all legal matters pertaining to the University, and for representing the University in all legal proceedings (Regents Bylaw 21.2)

OGC has retained law firms specializing in immigration law to provide services in support of SISS's mission to assist international students, scholars and campus departments with visa and immigration issues. These University legal services are available to campus departments (and individuals whom they are sponsoring) only upon prior authorization by SISS. 

It is important to note that many visa and immigration processes require the relevant petitions and applications be initiated by the University as the employer.  Consistent with Regents Bylaw 21.2, only University authorized legal counsel may represent the University in such employment processes.  Further information on University policies regarding employment and immigration sponsorship of non-immigrant workers can be found in the Academic Personnel Manual (APM 530).