On July 29, the US Department of State updated the travel.state.gov website with this report:
"The Department of State Bureau of Consular Affairs continues to make progress restoring our nonimmigrant visa system to full functionality. Over the weekend, the Department of State implemented system changes aimed at optimizing performance and addressing the challenges we have faced. We are now testing our system capacity to ensure stability. Processing of immigrant visas
Due to the current security situation in Tel Aviv, Israel, the U.S. Embassy Tel Aviv remains open but is operating at reduced staffing until further notice, and has canceled routine visa application processing and American Citizen services. Emergencies involving an American citizen and visa applications will be considered on a case by case basis. If you had a scheduled visa appointment, you will receive an email informing you of the appointment cancellation, and another emai
The Davis IC (as well as many other University offices) will be observing the following summer business hours: June 6 through August 22, 2014 8:30 am-4:30 pm
We will resume regular business hours (9:00 am - 5:00 pm) beginning on August 25, 2014.
F-1 students who wish to travel and reenter the US while their OPT application is pending should exercise caution when traveling abroad during the 60-day grace period. The F-1 regulations do not directly address this issue and, although some students with OPT pending during the 60-day grace period have had success entering the U.S. with a copy of the USCIS OPT receipt notice, others have had difficulty and have been turned away. Therefore, we strongly recommend that students avo
F-1 students who wish to travel and re-enter the U.S. during an OPT Cap-Gap Employment period should be aware of the following:
1. To re-enter the U.S. in F-1 status during OPT Cap-Gap extension, you must have a valid OPT EAD card, along with a valid passport, F-1 visa, signed I-20 and employment letter.
2. If your OPT EAD has expired, you will NOT be able to re-enter the U.S. in F-1 status.
If you are an F-1 student, you have a 60 day grace period after your program completion date or your I-20 end date, whichever is earlier. During that grace period, you may remain in the U.S. but if you leave the U.S. you may no longer enter the U.S. in F-1 status on the same I-20 form for the same program.
J-1 students or scholars
If you are a J-1 student, you have a 30 day grace period after your program completion date or your DS-2019 end date, whichever is earlier. Durin
If you will be traveling outside the U.S. during Spring Break and the signature on page 3 of your I-20 form OR in the lower right corner of your DS-2019 form has expired, be sure to have your I-20/DS-2019 signed by an advisor at the Davis International Center before you leave the U.S. Travel signatures are valid for reentry to the US for one year from the date of the last signature. You may stop by the Davis IC during business hours to obtain a travel signature on the spot. However, in som
Before you travel into or through any country other than your home country, you must check with an embassy of the country you plan to visit to inquire about specific visa and entry procedures. Be sure to check whether you will need a transit visa if you will be stopping in another country for airline transit purposes. For the list of foreign embassies in the U.S., please consult the U.S. Department of State website. For more information about re-entering the U.S., please consult our website.
CONGRATULATIONS to our 2014 International Orientation Leaders:
*Joelle Deleveaux ’16 - The Bahamas
*Jia Lin Jacqueline Li ’16 - China/Germany
*Yuem Park ’15 - Australia
*Konstantinos Koutras ’16 - Greece
*Eunice Lee ’16 - Canada/South Korea
*Magdalena Henke ’16 - Germany
*Karen MacDonald ’16 - Canada
*Po Wah Moon ’15 - Hong Kong
*Jeffrey Asala ’15 - Ghana
*Reka Zempleni ’16 - Hungary
Cydney Kim ’17 - Canada
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced on April 7 that it has received a sufficient number of H-1B petitions to reach the statutory cap of 65,000 visas for fiscal year (FY) 2015. USCIS has also received more than the limit of 20,000 H-1B petitions filed under the advanced degree exemption. More