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COVID-19 Information for International Students and Scholars

COVID-19 UPDATE: ISS SERVICES 

Due to the COVID-19 situation, our main office (KL-101) is closed until further notice, but we remain available remotely, M-F 8:00-5:00, to answer questions and provide remote advising and other services. We are also available to address any emergencies.

 Employment-based visas: Becky Mirza (bmirza@ucmerced.edu; 209-355-0913)

J-1 scholar visas: Rico Johnson (rjohnson26@ucmerced.edu; 209-355-1018)

Student (F-1, J-1) visas: Lacey Long-Vejar (llongvejar@ucmerced.edu; 209-259-8913)

ISS-related emergencies: Becky Mirza (209-355-0913)

Other queries & concerns: Garett Gietzen (ggietzen@ucmerced.edu; 209-285-9780)

Due to COVID-19 and following guidance from our UC Merced Chancellor and UC Office of the President, the Office of International Affairs will be closing the main office on campus. All advising will be done remotely by Zoom or other video/web conferencing methods.

We understand you may have questions about how coronavirus (COVID-19) is impacting life on the UC Merced campus but also how it applies to maintaining your visa status. The links below will hopefully answer some of your questions. If you don't see the answer to your question here, or if you have questions about or want to discuss your unique circumstances, please contact an advisor for an appointment. For Employment-Based visas (H, O, TN, PR) contact Becky Mirza at bmirza@ucmerced.edu, for J Exchange Visitors contact Rico Johnson at rjohnson26@ucmerced.edu, or for International Students (F/J Visa) contact Lacey Long-Vejar at llongvejar@ucmerced.edu.

Where can I find the latest COVID-19 general information including resources for UC Merced?

UC Merced COVID-19 University-Wide Update

Stay up to date with UC Merced campus news by regularly visiting the campus update page. This page is updated as new information is known, so please plan on being proactive and checking this site regularly to stay informed.

Is the UC Merced Campus closed?

No, the UC Merced campus remains open and operational. As we all practice social distancing to help flatten the curve of COVID-19, the Spring semester instruction has been moved online. On March 16th, UC President Janet Napolitano issued an exectuive order to limit the exposure of members of our community to COVID-19 within our community, to care for those who have fallen ill or otherwise been exposed, and to assure the continued functioning of critical operations. Click here to read this guidance.

F/J International Students Information and FAQs

J-1 Exchange Visitors Information

Employment-Based H, O, TN and Permanent Resident Faculty and Staff Information