Dear International Gauchos,
On Friday, September 25, 2020, the Department of Homeland Security proposed a rule to eliminate duration of status (D/S). This proposed change would affect the students and dependents on the F-1 visa, as well as exchange visitors and dependents on the J-1 visa.
OISS is aware of this issue, and we thank anyone who has reached out to our office with their concerns.
At this time, we would like for you to know that this rule is proposed, and is not final. The public has 30 days to provide commentary before any final rule is published. The proposed rule is available here. If you are interested in learning about the rulemaking process in the U.S. government, you can refer to this resource provided by the Federal Register.
Please note that national organizations, law-makers, and universities are hard at work on your behalf. We are working with the UCOP Federal Governmental Relations Office to comment.
This news is deeply upsetting, and we acknowledge that this adds yet another layer of uncertainty to what are already challenging times for all of us.
Please know that this recent proposal by DHS does not at all reflect the values of the UC System, UCSB, or OISS. You are all Gauchos, and you all belong here.
OISS will continue monitoring the situation and will release more information as it becomes available, as needed.