Winter 2020: Week 6
Hello International Triton,

Greetings from the International Students & Programs Office (ISPO)! Stay up to date by reading our iStudents Newsletter for the latest of immigration updates, deadlines, reminders, and fun programs and events for international students at UC San Diego!
ISPO will be closed on MONDAY, FEBRUARY 17 in observance of the President's Day holiday. The office will reopen for normal business processes and advising on TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 18.
Last Day for Students to Drop with a "W" (Withdrawal): Friday, February 14
F-1 and J-1 regulations require all students to enroll in at least 12 units every Fall, Winter and Spring Quarter at UC San Diego. Students must apply and receive a reduced course load authorization from ISPO before dropping less than 12 units.
Novel Coronavirus
UC San Diego continues to be vigilant in monitoring the progression of the coronavirus outbreak. Campus leadership and health care experts are in continuous contact with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and local health authorities monitoring recommendations for how to prevent and respond to any cases. For more information, visit UC San Diego’s Information about the Coronavirus site.
In addition, effective Sunday, February 2, 2020, a U.S. presidential proclamation was issued suspending entry into the United States by any foreign national (except immediate family of U.S. citizens and permanent residents) who have traveled to China within the last 14 days. Guidance on travel restrictions to and from China are rapidly evolving.
If you have any travel emergencies or questions about future travel plans, please contact ISPO for guidance.
Have You Been Accepted to a Higher Degree Level at UC San Diego?

If you have been accepted into a higher degree level at UC San Diego for the next term, apply for a program level change for your I-20 or DS-2019.
Weekly Webinar Series: February 11, 12PM
The iStudents Weekly Webinars is a series of webinars to update and inform F-1 and J-1 students on topics that may impact their visa status while they are in the U.S. Visit to learn more about the upcoming webinar. Current Practical Training (CPT) for F-1 Students.

Tax Season Resources for International Students
To understand international student/scholar state and federal tax filing obligations for Tax Year 2019, please read the information on our tax resources website at: 

All Internationals who are Nonresident Aliens for Tax Purposes and were present in the U.S. for at least one calendar day in 2019 in F or J status must at least file the federal Form 8843. If you only need to file this one form to meet your federal tax filing obligations, see for quick instructions. 
If you had any income from a U.S. source, you are responsible for reviewing tax filing requirements. The workshops below may be helpful to you if you are required to file. Glacier Tax Prep, a tax filing software solution for federal tax filing obligations for Nonresident Aliens for Tax Purposes, will be available on approximately March 15th. Federal and State Tax Workshops are scheduled for the following dates and locations: 
RSVP to one of our Tax Workshops!
3/16/20 -  Federal Tax Workshop  
3/19/20 -  State Tax Workshop   
Important:  These workshops are sequential. You will need to have completed your federal tax return in order to begin your state tax return. 
Join us Tuesday mornings from 9:30-11AM at ISPO Coffee Hours!   
  • Meet ISPO Staff & Other Students!  
  • Enjoy Free Coffee & Tea  
  • Pick up AWESOME ISPO Swag such as bags, SAVR Cups, Stickers, and more!  

Learn more at 
Writing Discussion Groups for ESL/EAL Graduate Students
The Writing Hub has a new pilot program for graduate students who identify as “EAL” (English as an Additional Language) and want to develop their skills in written academic English. Writing Discussion Groups meet once per week (Weeks 4-9) to share their writing and get peer feedback on drafts in progress. Each group is facilitated by a Graduate Writing Consultant from the Writing Hub, and each meeting creates space for two group members to share their writing and get positive, constructive feedback. Groups prioritize clarity and coherence over “correctness.” Together, participants support each other in the writing process while also gaining confidence with academic writing. 

Participation in a Writing Discussion Group does not require any reading or work outside of the regular weekly meeting time. 

To learn more about Writing Discussion groups, please visit The Writing Hub  information page.

To sign up for a group,   fill out the group sign-up form .  

Visit our website at or send us a message through our Online Contact Form
WHY AM I RECEIVING THIS NEWSLETTER? All international students studying at UC San Diego are automatically subscribed to the iStudents Newsletter to ensure they receive proper immigration updates from our office. The information sent in this Newsletter is available on ISPO's website,, or may direct students to other external resources. You have the right to unsubscribe from receiving updates from our office at anytime. You can do this by emailing . Note, all international students at UC San Diego are responsible for staying up to date with immigration regulations that may affect them. To learn more, visit our website at