UCI International Center

FAQs for New Undergraduate International Students

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Frequently Asked Questions

Last Updated on August 20, 2020.

*We will continue to update this page as we learn more information.

Effective March 16th, 2020, the International Center will be available remotely until further notice. For any questions or concerns, e-mail the International Center at internationalcenter@uci.edu.Our office will respond to your e-mail as soon as possible. We appreciate your patience and are working diligently to respond to all your questions and concerns.

No, that is all that is required. If the International Center requires any additional information or documents, you will be contacted directly. All Visa Document requests are being processed in the order received. We thank you for your patience.

To check your most up-to-date visa document status, please visit the Check Visa Document Status page and log in with your UCINet ID and password.

You must check the travel and visa restrictions that may be in place during the time you plan to enter the United States. Please visit our immigration policy updates page for information regarding changes in immigration policies and practice. We also recommend that you visit CDC’s website for the most current guidance on travelers prohibited from entry to the United States.

Yes, the International Center will provide all new undergraduate students with their I-20 Visa Document electronically. If you have created an order with UEMS/eshipglobal you must contact their customer service directly to cancel the order.

If you requested a DS-2019 for J-1 visa, we will issue you a paper copy and mail you the DS-2019.

As of March 18, 2020, visa services are currently suspended at most U.S. consulates around the world.

For updated visa appointment availability, you can check your local consulate’s visa wait times here.

Yes, even if you plan to take your classes remotely for the Fall 2020 quarter from outside the United States, you should still request an I-20/DS-2019 Visa Document with a fall start date and try to book a Visa appointment in your home country as soon as they become available.

Though Immigration and Customs Enforcement released guidelines allowing the issuance of electronic I-20s, we advise that you print the electronic version of your Visa Document and sign it prior to your Visa appointment.

If you are planning on applying for a J-1 visa, your DS-2019 will come in the mail.

Yes, you may take your classes remotely from outside the United States.

For answers to UCI Admissions Questions visit COVID-19 Admissions Page.

In general, UCI does not defer undergraduate offers of admission. Under certain circumstances, a request for deferring admission may be considered on a case-by-case basis. The deadline for deferment requests is September 15, 2020.

If a freshman applicant’s request for deferment is granted, and all conditions are met, they will be admitted to the term requested. The applicant may not enroll in any coursework at another college or university during their gap year. If any college coursework is completed during that time, the applicant will be required to reapply as a transfer applicant, and must complete the UC Transfer Course Pattern and all major prerequisites. For information about transfer requirements go here.

Due to the ongoing risk of COVID-19 in the United States, UCI has decided to extend remote learning mode for all undergraduate courses through the Fall 2020 Quarter. Our campus remains open for limited housing and in-person student services, but your courses will be delivered remotely. Students should consult with the academic advising office in their school to determine what courses are appropriate for them given their course placements and major requirements.

Since the SEVP guidance reverted to the March 2020 guidance, it did not provide exemption to in-person requirement for NEW fall 2020 students. At this time new students coming from outside the U.S. (incoming for Fall 2020) do require at least one course to be in-person.

The UCI Student Health Center is your resource for information on health insurance requirements. Review Waiving the UC Student Health Insurance Plan (UC SHIP) for information on how to request a waiver. Requesting a waiver does not impact your I-20.