Protect your status with these important end-of-quarter reminders!
Protect your status with these important end-of-quarter reminders!
Dear International Gauchos,

We hope that are doing well on your final exam preparations!
It's important to study hard, but please also make sure you're taking care of yourselves. Here are some tips that will boost your health, help you manage stress, and improve your focus:
  • Take breaks
  • Get gentle movement
  • Eat nutritious foods
  • Drink lots of water/tea
  • Get plenty of rest
Additionally, we wanted to make sure you're aware that there will be a time change in the U.S.
Daylight Savings is this Sunday, March 14th, at 2:00 AM. The time will change by +1 hour, and we will switch from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Daylight Savings Time (PDT). Since finals are next week, we highly urge you to double-check that you have the correct time. If you are outside of the U.S., we highly recommend that you use a time converter tool
The following contains some important immigration reminders - please read it carefully.
Good luck with finals, and have a nice Spring Break!

-The Team at OISS

Spring 2021 Immigration

We continue to following the temporary COVID-19 guidance in Spring 2021, which was originally issued on March 9, 2020. 
We are expecting to receive more guidance regarding Summer and Fall 2021 in the coming months, and we will inform you of any changes in guidance as soon as we can.
If you entered, or plan to enter, the U.S. using a new initial I-20 after March 9, 2020: you must be enrolled in at least one in-person course at all times in order to maintain eligbility to stay in the U.S. Please ensure that you are registered in an in-person course this Spring. Contact your academic advisor if you need help finding an in-person course. 
This temporary guidance does not apply to students who have maintained an active SEVIS record since before March 9, 2020. You may continue studying remotely, regardless of location, until you are notified otherwise. + UCSBGlobal Are Your Friends
We've been hard at work updating the OISS website ( We want you to know that it is full of information that will answer many of the questions we've been receiving. The "I want to...(Student Requests)" is a great place to start. You can also click the magifying glass icon on the top-right corner of the website and perform a quick keyword search.
We also invite you to log onto and explore UCSBGlobal. That way, you can become more familiar with all the e-form groupings and requests that are available to you!

Full-Time Enrollment Reminder

In order to keep an active record, please make sure that you are enrolled in a full course load for Spring 2021. For undergraduate students, a full course load is 12 units. For graduate students, a full course load is 8 units. The only exception is if you have already been approved by OISS to go on an Reduced Course Load (Academic or Medical.) Graduate students may go on filing leave. To get more information, click here if you are an F-1 student and click here if you are a J-1 student.

Check Your I-20 or DS-2019 End Date
Is your immigration document nearing expiration? If you are not scheduled to graduate on or before your program end date, then you must request a program extension. It must be approved before your document expires. View the Program Extension instructions here.

Graduating This Quarter?

🎉Congratulations to our Winter 2021 graduates!🎉
As an international Gaucho alum, we are confident that great things are ahead of you. We’d love to hear about your experiences as an International Gaucho and your time at UCSB- please leave us your feedback and your testimonial by filling out this form. 🙏🏼 We would greatly appreciate it! Click on the link to find out more about why your feedback is so valued.
Important graduation reminders:
  • Please submit a Student Completion form through UCSBGlobal if you will not be transferring to another school or applying for OPT and are departing the U.S.

  • If you are already outside of the U.S., you cannot re-enter using your current I-20 or DS-2019

  • You must be inside the U.S. in order to apply for Optional Practical Training (OPT) or a Change of Status
Be sure to review your post-graduation options - click here if you are an F-1 student, and click here if you are a J-1 student!
Stay Connected!
We hope that you have some great memories and will stay connected with us. Wondering how to stay connected? Here’s how!
  1. Follow us on Social Media (click on the icons at the bottom of this message to follow our accounts)
  2. Sign up to receive our newsletter and other important news:
  3. Join Gaucho Network to keep in touch with other UCSB alumni (networking opportunities!)
Final Words
♥️ Thank you so much for choosing UCSB as your university - we are saddened that we cannot say a proper goodbye given the current circumstances. We believe that international students enrich the academic experience and campus life at UCSB - thank you so much for your valued contributions. ♥️
Your Family at OISS
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