Visa Appointment Expedite Letters for students now available
Degree-seeking students who require a support letter to expedite the scheduling of their visa appointment can now print one from the International Student Dashboard in MyUCLA.
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COVID vaccinations now available at participating airports in California
The Janssen (Johnson & Johnson) single-dose vaccine is now available to all individuals 18 years of age and older, including arriving and departing passengers of any nationality or country of residence at the following airports:
UC President Michael Drake and the Chancellors of all 10 UC campuses sent a letter to the U.S. Secretary of State and Secretary of Homeland Security on behalf of international students and scholars
The letter explains that international students' and scholars' contribution to U.S. education, research, culture, and innovation is essential. It asks the government to expand the travel restrictions exemption for students beyond the recently expanded lists, and consider a similar exemption for international scholars, allow online interviews for new F student and J exchange visitors to address potential processing backlogs, and resume normal visa services in locations where they have been suspended or limited.
National Interest Exception Extended to Certain Travelers from India
On April 30, 2021, the U.S. Department of State decided to apply the same set of National Interest Exceptions to India that applies to all other regional travel restrictions currently in effect as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Please see this announcement for more information.
Presidential Proclamation Restricting and Suspending Entry of Nonimmigrants from India to the U.S.
On April 30, 2021 President Biden signed a proclamation suspending the entry into the United States of aliens who were physically present in the Republic of India within the 14 days preceding entry or attempted entry into the United States. U.S. See the White House's proclamation for more information.
Reduction of Consular Services at U.S. Embassy and Consulates in Russia
Effective May 12, 2021, U.S. Embassy Moscow will reduce consular services offered to include only emergency U.S. citizen services and a very limited number of age-out and life or death emergency immigrant visas. See this update for more information.
National Interest Exceptions for Certain Travelers from China, Iran, Brazil, South Africa, Schengen Area, United Kingdom, and Ireland
On April 26, 2021, the Secretary of State made a national interest determination regarding categories of travelers eligible for exceptions under Presidential Proclamations (PPs) related to the spread of COVID-19. Students and academics subject to these proclamations due to their presence in China, Iran, Brazil, the Schengen Area, Ireland, the United Kingdom, or South Africa, may qualify for an NIE only if their academic program begins August 1, 2021 or later. The automatic NIE appears to apply to continuing and new international students who are subject to restricted entry per COVID-19 related proclamations if they enter the U.S. on or after the August 1 date. Students who wish to enter the U.S. before August 1, must contact the visa post for further instructions. See this update for more information.
Remote Learning Resources
We understand there are unique challenges for our international community during remote learning. Check out our support guide here: Best Practices for Remote Learning for International Students.
New Requirements for All Air Travelers to the U.S.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) updated their travel guidance with information for travelers who are fully vaccinated and travelers who are unvaccinated. All air passengers coming to the United States, including U.S. citizens and fully vaccinated people, are required to have a negative COVID-19 test result no more than 3 days before travel or documentation of recovery from COVID-19 in the past 3 months before they board a flight to the United States.
Continued SEVP/DOS Guidance for fall 2021
The Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP), a part of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, and U.S. Department of State (DOS) have not yet released updated guidance on F-1 and J-1 status requirements for fall 2021. In the absence of updated federal guidance for fall 2021, the Dashew Center will continue to advise students based on the latest guidelines for F-1 and J-1 visa restrictions and exemptions.
Safety Reminders and Travel Advisories
According to the California Department of Public Health's updated Travel Advisory, all travelers arriving in California from other states or countries should self-quarantine for 7 or 10 days, depending on whether or not the traveler is fully vaccinated. In addition, the City of Los Angeles is now requiring all travelers over the age of 16 entering Los Angeles from another state or country to complete a Traveler Form. Travelers will be required to complete the form prior to or upon arrival at Los Angeles International Airport, Van Nuys Airport, or Union Station.