We want to reassure you that the entire UCR community, the University California System and educators across the U.S. continue to advocate for changes to the recently announced governmental guidance impacting F-1 international students. We are on your side.
The University of California system announced plans to sue the federal government over the policies. A number of other universities and organizations are also taking swift action in support of changing the guidance.
We believe that all students should be able to remain in the United State and elect to take classes remotely during this pandemic.
Our inboxes are being flooded with message of support from faculty, staff and students asking how they can help support the international student community. We are asking them to support each of you by contacting their congressional representatives to advocate for change. California Senator's Dianne Feinstein and Kamala Harris have already sent a letter to ICE and other members of Congress have also taken action.
If you are a continuing F-1 student at UCR and have not already done so, please take a moment now to complete our short survey to let us know where you are and what your preferences are for the Fall 2020 quarter. This information will be used to support our advocacy efforts as we lobby for change.
We know that this is a stressful time and that you have many questions about how this guidance will impact each of you specifically. Given the outstanding court cases, we expect to have more detailed information to share next week. As we receive clarification of this new guidance and how it applies to our campus specifically, we will let you know.
UCR International Students and Scholars office
International Weekly Email - July 10, 2020