Visas - International Students and Scholars

UC Merced Welcomes International Students, Researchers and Faculty


The Office of International Affairs (OIA), International Students and Scholars (ISS) is here to assist UC Mercedís international faculty members, researchers and students with their visa and immigration needs. ISS also is a resource for campus administrators and faculty members, providing support with University-sponsored visa petitions, and helping to create an awareness of immigration issues and procedures.

By assisting with the integration of international scholars into the campus community, OIA is proud to promote the global exchange of knowledge and enhanced intercultural understanding.

An Introduction to Visa Policies and Resources


The valid immigration status that is required for any foreign national to accept employment, a visiting scholar appointment, or admission to a graduate or undergraduate degree program at UC Merced is dependent on many criteria. The regulatory environment for visa sponsorship incorporates the guidance of many federal and state agencies including the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), the Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS) under the jurisdiction of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), the U.S. Department of State (DOS), the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL), the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the State of California Employment Development Department (EDD).

Obtaining the appropriate visa status requires advance planning and preparation. When appointing or approving an international scholar to conduct research or teach at UC Merced, early consultation with OIA is required to allow sufficient time to complete the appropriate visa arrangements.