Winter 2020 Quarter
Dear Colleagues,

Greetings from the International Students & Programs Office (ISPO)! Stay up to date by reading our newsletter for the latest immigration updates, deadlines, reminders, and programs and events for campus departments and programs.
Join us today (1/30) from 4:15-5:30pm for a live webinar on coronavirus with health experts Dr Stacie San Miguel and Dr Francesca Torriani. They will share up to date information, explain how they are caring for the UC San Diego community, dispel myths and answer questions live.

Dr Stacie San Miguel is the Director of Medical Services at UC San Diego Health Services and Dr Francesca Torriani is the Medical Director for Infection Prevention and a Professor of Clinical Medicine at UC San Diego's Department of Medicine, Division of Infectious Diseases.

Telephone US: +1 669 900 6833 or +1 646 876 9923; Webinar ID: 353 087 224
International numbers available:  
New Summer and Fall 2020 Admit
I-20s and DS-2019 Requests

Newly-admitted Summer and Fall 2020 international students seeking to request their I-20 (F-1) or DS-2019 (J-1) documents may do so using ISPO’s iPortal starting Monday, March 2. To begin their application, students will need to go to iPortal and log in using their single sign-on credentials. The processing time for new I-20 or DS-2019 documents is 15 business days from the date of a complete submission. For any questions, students and staff may contact

For additional information regarding Early Program Start Date Requests, Administrative Processing and Department Financial Support Documents, visit the “Campus Partners – Newly Admitted Students” section on the iStudents website.
Visa Delays due to Immigration Processing

Every international student who applies for an F-1 or J-1 visa at a U.S. Consulate or Embassy in their home country must present supporting documentation at the visa interview. These document requirements are outlined at the  Applying for U.S. Visa  webpage. Due to recent changes in the visa application process, some students seeking U.S. visas may encounter lengthy processing delays due to additional security and background clearances related to the U.S. Department of State’s Technology Alert List (TAL). When we become aware of students that are undergoing Administrative Processing, we will make sure departments are aware of the visa delay. Our office then works with the student and department in case a support letter is needed, or to help them navigate making inquiries to the U.S. Consulate. In some cases, a department or college advisor may be asked to provide letters explaining academic or research details and funding sources to respond to requests from the U.S. Department of State. If you have any questions regarding these inquiries, please contact ISPO. 
Protect Your Students Against Scams!

This is a particularly active time for scammers to attempt to threaten or scare potential victims into providing them with personal or protected information. These may include tax, employment and immigration-related scams demanding banking information or threatening to contact police or immigration authorities.

For more safety and security tips, visit
iPortal Approval View-
Testers Needed!

iPortal will be launching a view for our iPortal routing partners! In this view, routing partners will be able to view all current and past iPortal requests for their department/college. We are currently in the testing stage. If you are interested in being a department or college tester in the stage environment, please email .
Online Resources for College and Department Contacts

ISPO launched our redesigned website at the start of the Fall 2019 term. If you haven’t already, check out the “ Campus Resources ” section for information on employing international students, workshops and presentations and advising international students.
ISPO’s Tuesday Coffee Hours are continuing to run throughout Winter and Spring 2020. Students are welcome to stop by from 9:30-11am each Tuesday of the academic term to enjoy free coffee, pastries, and conversation with their peers in a relaxed environment. We will continue to feature a different campus partner each week to let students know about their resources and support. If you are interested in tabling at one of the upcoming Coffee Hours, please contact our program coordinator, Yvette Pederson, at  
Still Accepting First Year Students in the International Peer Coach Pilot Program!

In collaboration with the Student Success Coaching Program, the International Peer Coach Pilot Program (IPCPP) was launched in Fall 2019 to support the success and retention of a cohort of first-year international students.

For more information, visit
All students are welcome to join ISPO’s Intercultural Social Hour, a monthly event for everyone to share their cultures and make new friends through conversation, games, and light refreshments at Student Center B. For more information on this program, visit
Globally Engaged Tritons Calendar

In collaboration with Global Education, Study Abroad, ISPO, the Colleges, and I-House, a comprehensive online calendar was created featuring a variety of internationally-focused programs, excursions, performances, and discussions that connect the campus community with the world around them. 
  • List of campus-wide resources for supporting our international student community.
  • Do you speak another language other than English? Volunteer to serve as an interpreter or request an interpreter for facilitating support for international students. Requests can ONLY be made by UC San Diego faculty and staff via Single Sign-On.
  • List of campus safety and legal resources available for our international students and scholars.
  • Information about on-campus and off-campus employment authorization options, application process, and timelines for international students.
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