As you know, President Trump signed a new immigration Executive Order yesterday that restricts entry into the United States for 90 days for citizens of six countries – Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen. While this order has been revised from the one issued in January, we remain opposed to such bans because they impinge on the free flow of knowledge and information, which is core to UCSF’s mission. We remain deeply concerned about the impact of this immigration policy on our faculty, students, trainees, and staff – and on their families.
We also are concerned with a policy change announced on March 3 that suspends premium or expedited processing services for H-1B visa applications beginning on April 3 for a period of up to six months. This announcement by the United States Citizenship and Immigration Service will have an impact on academic employees and trainees requiring initial H-1B status during the six-month period.
In the wake of these announcements, the University of California and UCSF reaffirm our utmost commitment to safeguarding and supporting the rights of all members of our community, especially those directly affected by these most recent actions to restrict travel and access opportunities here at UCSF.
During these times of uncertainty, we want you to know that we continue to monitor and analyze the impact of these and other executive actions, such as efforts to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. We are consulting and coordinating with the UC Office of the President and our representatives in Washington, DC, in an effort to take advantage of UC’s collective power as the nation’s premier public university system.
We will inform you as soon as possible about the ramifications of these actions, including offering specific guidance to prospective students, postdoctoral fellows, trainees, faculty, and staff from the affected countries.
In the meantime, UCSF community members with questions and concerns are invited to attend a meeting on Wednesday, March 8, from 5 to 6 p.m., in the School of Nursing, room N 517, on the Parnassus campus. Brian Groves, executive director of the UCSF International Students and Scholars Office (ISSO), which is UCSF’s lead office on immigration issues, will talk about what actions the University is taking.
UCSF community members with questions and concerns also can contact or visit the ISSO website, where regular updates on immigration issues are posted.
In addition, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security website includes a Frequently Asked Questions page regarding the revised Executive Order. A statement from the University of California is available online.
Daniel H. Lowenstein, MD
Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost
Dr. Robert B. and Mrs. Ellinor Aird Professor of Neurology