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iStudents Newsletter: Currently Enrolled Students

  • Stay up to date by reading our weekly iStudents Newsletter for the latest immigration updates, deadlines, reminders and fun programs and events for international students in F-1 and J-1 status at UC San Diego.
  • If you are a current international students, you are automatically subscribed to this newsletter, and it will be sent to your UC San Diego email. 
  • You can unsubscribe at any time by using the SafeUnsubscribe® link, found at the bottom of every newsletter that you receive.

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iEmployment Newsletter: Alumni and Students on Post-Completion Training

  • Stay up to date by reading our iEmployment Newsletter, which is distributed quarterly for F-1 students on post-completion OPT and STEM OPT.
  • Students are automatically subscribed to the this newsletter once ISPO issues a recommendation for post-completion work authorization (F-1 OPT or J-1 AT). As these updates are specific to students who have recommended post-completion work authorization, students are unable to subscribe on their own. For questions, email iEmployment@ucsd.edu .

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Summer 2022:

  • September 8
    • Stay in Touch with ISPO and International Alumni Via LinkedIn
    • F-1/J-1 OPT and Academic Training (AT) Reporting Requirements Reminders
    • Career Center Advisors for International Students
  • August 10
    • Stay in Touch with ISPO Via LinkedIn
    • F-1/J-1 OPT and Academic Training (AT) Reporting Requirements Reminders
    • Ask Triton: ISPO's Website Enhancements
  • July 12
    • Stay in Touch with ISPO Via LinkedIn
    • Cap Gap Process and Eligibility
    • F-1/J-1 OPT and Academic Training (AT) Reporting Requirements Reminders
    • Having SEVP Portal Issues? Submit a Request in iPortal!
  • June 15
    • Travel Update: Negative COVID-19 Test No Longer Required for Air Travel to U.S.
    • Career Center & Career Advisors for International Students
    • Stay in Touch with ISPO Via LinkedIn!
    • F-1/J-1 OPT and Academic Training (AT) Reporting Requirements Reminders
    • Having SEVP Portal Issues? Submit a Request in iPortal!
    • Removal of "Saved Not Submitted" Applications in iPortal

Spring 2022

  • May 16
    • Career Center and Advisors for International Students
    • Upcoming Workshop on U.S. Taxes
    • SEVP Portal Issues
    • OPT and Academic Training (AT) Reporting Requirements Reminders 
    • Stay in Touch with ISPO via LinkedIn!
  • April 22
    • Cap Gap Process and Eligibility
    • New ISPO Dashboards
    • STEM OPT Applications
    • F-1/J-1 OPT and Academic Training (AT) Reporting Requirements Reminders
    • iPortal Update: Removal of Saved/ Not Submitted Status
  • March 29
    • New ISPO Dashboards
    • STEM OPT Applications
    • OPT and Academic Training (AT) Reporting Requirements Reminders 
    • iPortal Update: Removal of Saved/ Not Submitted Status

Winter 2022:

  • February 28
    • New ISPO Dashboards
    • Travel Reminders
    • Online Workshops
    • OPT and Academic Training (AT) Reporting Requirements Reminders 
  • January 25
    • USCIS Update: Extending Flexibilities for Responding to RFEs
    • 1/21/2022: Biden-Harris Administration Announces Actions to Attract International STEM Talent to the U.S.
    • USCIS Reminder: Immigration Help Available to Those Affected by Natural Disasters and Other Unforeseen Circumstances
    • STEM OPT Applications in 4 Steps
    • iPortal Update: Removal of "Saved Not Submitted" Applications
    • Upcoming Online Workshops
    • OPT and Academic Training (AT) Reporting Requirements Reminders 

Fall 2021

  • December 17
    • ISPO Office Closure
    • SEVP Announces Formal Adoption of Electronic Signatures on Form I-20
    • Travel Advice for Winter
    • Having Issues with your SEVP Portal? Submit SEVP Portal Assistance Request in iPortal
    • OPT Reporting Requirements Reminder
    • Working Remotely on OPT During COVID-19
  • November 23
    • White House Announces Lifting of Geographic Travel Bans on November 8, 2021
    • Check Out STEM OPT E-File Guide on STEMOPT.UCSD.EDU
    • Tips for Contacting USCIS
    • OPT Reporting Requirements Reminders
    • Reminder: USCIS Flexibilities for OPT Applications Received by USCIS Between October 2020 and October 2021
    • Steps If You Have Recently Approved Change of Status to H-1B
  • October 20
    • Information on How to Change Status to H-1B
    • Biden Administration To Lift Travel Restrictions for Fully Vaccinated International Travelers in November
    • Department of Homeland Security To Allow Fully Vaccinated Travelers from Canada and Mexico to Enter U.S. at Land Border and Ferry Crossings in November
    • OPT Reporting Requirements Reminders
    • USCIS Extends Flexibilities for OPT Applicants Affected by USCIS Receipt Notice Delays: For Applications Received by USCIS Between October 1, 2020 and October 31, 2021
  • September 24
    • Biden Administration To Lift Travel Restrictions for Fully Vaccinated International Travelers in November
    • CBP Extends Canada-Mexico Land Border Restrictions Through to October 21
    • Department of State Announces Expansion of In-Person Visa Interview Waiver for F, M and Academic J Visa Applicants
    • USCIS Extends Flexibilities for OPT Applicants Affected by USCIS Receipt Notice Delays: For Applications Received by USCIS Between October 1, 2020 and October 31, 2021
    • OPT Application Filing Options Update: New Guide Available on ISPO's
      STEMOPT.UCSD.EDU
    • OPT Reporting Requirements Reminders
    • Cap Gap Process and Eligibility
    • Check Your EAD Cards: Is the information correct? 
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iNewStudent Newsletter: Newly-Admitted Students & Exchange Students

  • Welcome to UC San Diego! The International Students & Programs Office (ISPO) is here to support you as you begin your journey as a new student at UC San Diego and are here to help you navigate the ins and outs of your program as an international student.
  • If you are a newly admitted international student, you are automatically subscribed to this newsletter, and it will be sent to your UC San Diego email. If you are not receiving these emails, please contact inewstudent@ucsd.edu and request to be added to the distribution list. 
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For Summer/ Fall 2022 Admits

  • September 15 (All)
    • Have a Hard Copy of Your I-20/ DS-2019 Before Travel!
    • Getting Started at UC San Diego: Resource Page for New Arrivals
    • Arrived in the U.S.? Check In Now!
    • Beware of Scams
    • Register for iOrientation Welcome Programming
    • Check Out Our ISPO Guides
    • ISPO Front Desk and Virtual Drop-In Hours
  • September 9 (All)
    • Important Travel Information: Have a Hard Copy of Your I-20/ DS-2019 Before Travel!
  • September 6 (All)
    • Register for Mandatory iOrientation Sessions
    • Arrived in the U.S.? Check In Now!
    • International Fashion Show: Pack Your Best Runway-Ready Outfit!
    • Information on Visa Appointment Availability
    • Chinese Global Community Airport Pickup Program: Sept. 14-18
    • Check Out Our ISPO Guides and Useful Pre-Arrival Articles
    • Catch Up on Pre-Arrival Webinars
    • Student SIM Cards
    • Visit the iNewStudent Website!
    • Contacting ISPO
  • August 30 (All)
    • Complete iTriton Online Training by Next Tuesday, September 6!
    • Start Registering for iOrientation Sessions & Events!
    • Arrived in the U.S.? Check In Now!
    • International Fashion Show: Pack Your Best Runway-Ready Outfit!
    • Information on Visa Appointment Availability
    • Chinese Global Community Airport Pickup Program: Sept. 14-18
    • Missed Our Pre-Arrival Webinars: Don't Worry!
    • Student SIM Cards
    • Visit the iNewStudent Website!
    • Contacting ISPO
  • August 15 (Exchange Students)
    • Homestay Options for Exchange Students
  • August 10 (All)
    • Register for International New Student Orientation
    • Arrived in the U.S.? Check in Now!
    • Updated on Visa Appointment Availability
    • Complete iTriton Online Training by September 6
    • Check Out Our ISPO Guides and Useful Pre-Arrival Articles
    • Catch Up on Pre-Arrival Webinars
    • Upcoming Events: ISPO Ice Cream Social
    • Transportation Options from SAN and LAX airports
    • Student SIM Card Options
    • Visit iNewStudent.ucsd.edu
    • Contacting ISPO
  • August 3 (All)
    • Register for International New Student Orientation
    • Arrived in the U.S.? Check in Now by August 5 for Summer Session II
    • Complete iTriton Online Training by September 6
    • Check Out Our ISPO Guides
    • Catch Up on Pre-Arrival Webinars
    • Upcoming Events: Bookclub, Summer Community Picnic and ISPO Ice Cream Social
    • Transportation Options from SAN and LAX airports
    • Student SIM Card Options
    • Visit iNewStudent.ucsd.edu
    • Contacting ISPO
  • July 27 (All)
    • Register for International New Student Orientation
    • Arrived in the U.S.? Check in Now
    • Apply for your I-20/ DS-2019 by August 1
    • Complete iTriton Online Training by September 6
    • Check Out Our ISPO Guides
    • Catch Up on Pre-Arrival Webinars
    • Upcoming Events: Bookclub, Summer Community Picnic and ISPO Ice Cream Social
    • Student SIM Card Options
    • Visit iNewStudent.ucsd.edu
    • Contacting ISPO
  • July 20 (All)
    • Register for International New Student Orientation
    • Apply for your I-20/ DS-2019 by August 1
    • Complete iTriton Online Training by September 6
    • Check Out Our ISPO Guides
    • Catch Up on Pre-Arrival Webinars
    • Upcoming Events: Kayaking in Coronado, Summer Community Picnic and ISPO Ice Cream Social
    • Student SIM Card Options
    • Visit iNewStudent.ucsd.edu
    • Contacting ISPO
  • July 11 (All)
    • Arrived in the U.S.? Check in Now
    • Upcoming Events: Ice Cream Social and Sunset Beach Yoga
    • Complete iTriton Online Training by September 6
    • Check Out Our ISPO Guides
    • Global Ambassadors Peer Mentor Program
    • Must-Do Pre-Arrival Checklist
    • Catch Up on Pre-Arrival Webinars
    • Student SIM Card Options
    • Visit iNewStudent.ucsd.edu
    • Contacting ISPO
  • June 7 (EAP)
    • Pre-Arrival Webinar: Education Abroad Program Reciprocity (EAPR) Students
    • Must-Do Pre-Arrival Checklist
      • Vaccination and Immunization Deadline: July 11
      • Request Your DS-2019: August 1
      • Late July: Everfi Online Training
      • September 6: iTriton Online Training (Available Starting June 1)
    • Check Out Our Guides
    • Visit the iNewStudent Website!
    • CampusSIMs: FREE SIM Cards for International Students
    • Student SIMS
    • Contacting ISPO
  • May 31 (All)
    • Sign Up for Grad Pals and GAP Mentor Programs
    • Arrived in the U.S.? Check in Now!
    • Vaccination and Immunization Deadline: July 11
    • Must-Do Pre-Arrival Checklist
    • Check Out Our ISPO Guides
    • Catch Up on Pre-Arrival Webinars
    • Student SIM Card Options
    • Visit iNewStudent.ucsd.edu
    • Contacting ISPO
  • May 19 (Undergraduate)
    • Register for Undergrad Student Life and Other Pre-Arrival Webinars
    • Vaccination and Immunization Deadline: July 11
    • Must-Do Pre-Arrival Checklist
    • Apply to the Global Ambassadors Program
    • CampusSims: Free SIM Cards for International Students
    • UC San Diego partners with Flywire and Ebixcash for Money Transfers to U.S.
    • Visit iNewStudent.ucsd.edu
    • Contacting ISPO
  • May 16 (All)
    • Register for Campus Safety, Finances & Accounts, Undergrad Student Life and Other Pre-Arrival Webinars
    • Vaccination and Immunization Deadline: July 11
    • Must-Do Pre-Arrival Checklist
    • Apply to the Grad Pals Program (Grad)
    • Apply to the Global Ambassadors Program (Undergraduates)
    • CampusSims: Free SIM Cards for International Students
    • UC San Diego partners with Flywire and Ebixcash for Money Transfers to U.S.
    • Visit iNewStudent.ucsd.edu
    • Contacting ISPO
  • May 12 (All)
    • Register for Campus Safety, Finances & Accounts, and Other Pre-Arrival Webinars
    • Vaccination and Immunization Deadline: July 11
    • Must-Do Pre-Arrival Checklist
    • Apply to the Grad Pals Program (Grad)
    • Apply to the Global Ambassadors Program (Undergraduates)
    • CampusSims: Free SIM Cards for International Students
    • UC San Diego partners with Flywire and Ebixcash for Money Transfers to U.S.
    • Visit iNewStudent.ucsd.edu
    • Contacting ISPO
  • May 9 (Graduate)
    • Register for Grad Student Life and Other Pre-Arrival Webinars
    • Vaccination and Immunization Deadline: July 11
    • Must-Do Pre-Arrival Checklist
    • Apply to the Grad Pals Program
    • CampusSims: Free SIM Cards for International Students
    • UC San Diego partners with Flywire and Ebixcash for Money Transfers to U.S.
    • Visit iNewStudent.ucsd.edu
    • Contacting ISPO
  • May 6 (Education Abroad Program Exchange Students)
    • Visit the iNewStudent Website
    • Set Up Your UC San Diego Student Account (Triton Login)
    • Check Your UC San Diego Email Regularly!
    • Request your DS-2019 (Deadline August 1)
    • Everfi and iTriton Online Training
    • Health Screening and Immunization Requirements (Deadline July 11)
    • How to Enroll in Courses
  • May 5 (Graduate)
    • Register for SEVIS Transfers, Grad Student Life and Other Pre-Arrival Webinars
    • Vaccination and Immunization Deadline: July 11
    • Must-Do Pre-Arrival Checklist
    • Apply to the Grad Pals Program
    • CampusSims: Free SIM Cards for International Students
    • UC San Diego partners with Flywire and Ebixcash for Money Transfers to U.S.
    • Visit iNewStudent.ucsd.edu
    • Contacting ISPO
  • May 5 (Undergraduate)
    • Register for SEVIS Transfers and Other Pre-Arrival Webinars
    • Vaccination and Immunization Deadline: July 11
    • Must-Do Pre-Arrival Checklist
    • Apply to the Global Ambassadors Program (GAP)
    • CampusSims: Free SIM Cards for International Students
    • UC San Diego partners with Flywire and Ebixcash for Money Transfers to U.S.
    • Visit iNewStudent.ucsd.edu
    • Contacting ISPO
  • May 3 (Undergraduates)
    • Register for Student Health and Other Pre-Arrival Webinars
    • Vaccination and Immunization Deadline: July 11
    • Must-Do Pre-Arrival Checklist
    • Apply to the Global Ambassadors Program (GAP)
    • CampusSims: Free SIM Cards for International Students
    • UC San Diego partners with Flywire and Ebixcash for Money Transfers to U.S.
    • Visit iNewStudent.ucsd.edu
    • Contacting ISPO
  • April 29 (Graduates)
    • Register for Graduate Student Funding and Other Pre-Arrival Webinars
    • Vaccination and Immunization Deadline: July 11
    • Must-Do Pre-Arrival Checklist
    • Apply to the Grad Pals Program
    • CampusSims: Free SIM Cards for International Students
    • Visit iNewStudent.ucsd.edu
    • Contacting ISPO
  • April 21 (Undergraduates)
    • Register for Undergraduate Housing and Other Pre-Arrival Webinars
    • Must-Do Pre-Arrival Checklist
    • Apply to the Global Ambassadors Program (GAP)
    • CampusSims: Free SIM Cards for International Students
    • Visit iNewStudent.ucsd.edu
    • Contacting ISPO
  • April 14 (Undergraduates)
    • Register for Applying for your U.S. Visa and Other Pre-Arrival Webinars
    • Must-Do Pre-Arrival Checklist
    • Apply to the Global Ambassadors Program (GAP)
    • Visit iNewStudent.ucsd.edu
    • Contacting ISPO
  • April 8 (Undergraduates)
    • Register for First Steps and Other Pre-Arrival Webinars
    • Visit iNewStudent.ucsd.edu
    • Contacting ISPO
  • March 31 (Grad)
    • Pre-Arrival Webinar: Teaching Assistantship and English Proficiency Requirements
    • TA Employment Opportunities in Linguistics Language Program
    • Visit the iNewStudent Website
    • Request Visa Documents via the iPortal
    • Apply for On-Campus Housing
    • Contacting ISPO
  • March 24 (Grad)
    • Pre-Arrival Webinar: Graduate Student Housing
    • Visit the iNewStudent Website
    • Contacting ISPO
  • March 17 (Grad)
    • Pre-Arrival Webinar: Insurance and Immunization Requirements
    • Visit the iNewStudent Website
    • Contacting ISPO
  • March 10 (Grad)
    • Pre-Arrival Webinar: Applying for Your U.S. Visa
    • Visit the iNewStudent Website
    • Contacting ISPO

ISPO News for Campus Partners: News for Campus Departments & Campus Partners

  • Stay up to date by reading our ISPO News Newsletter, which is distributed quarterly to campus partners such as faculty, undergraduate and graduate coordinators, staff and more.
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Spring 2022

  • April 8
    • Continued Use of Electronic Signatures on Form I-20
    • NEW: 2021 UC San Diego International Student Admissions, Enrollment and Alumni Employment Data Available
    • J-1 Student On-Campus Work Authorization Requirements
    • Pauline Deguzman New Assistant Director of Student Services
    • Tax Resources and Workshops for International Students 
    • Commencement 2022: Support for International Students and Families
    • New Student Resources: Visa Document Requests for Summer and Fall 2022
    • Early Start Program Requests
    • Questions and Resources
    • Stay Up to Date on the Latest ISPO Newsletters

Winter 2022

  • February 7
    • Pre-Arrival Season Essentials: iPortal, I-20 (F-1)/DS-2019 (J-1) Standard Start Dates , Early Start Program Requests, and Questions and Resources
  • December 22
    • Advised Travel Timeline and Visa Documents
    • Winter 2022 Testing, Vaccination, and Vaccine Booster Requirements
    • ISPO Winter Break Office Closure and Travel Emergencies
    • Resources

Fall 2021

  • December 17
    • International Travel Requirements
    • Winter Break Schedule
  • September 23 
    • Resources for Supporting International Students
    • What's New: Fall 2021 Student Services  
    • Land Border Restrictions Extended to 10/21/2021
    • Plans to Rescind COVID-19 Travel Bans and Instead Require Proof of Vaccination
    • In-Person Visa Interview Waiver Available for F and J Students and Scholars
    • Continued Flexibility with Eligibility for Remote Courses