Welcome to the Office of International Students and Scholars
The Office of International Students and Scholars (OISS) at the University of California,
Santa Barbara (UCSB) serves the needs of international students and scholars as
well as the UCSB community who work with this international population. OISS provides
administrative assistance, counseling, advising, and programming to the campus community.
The staff meet with students and scholars about immigration, employment, housing,
health care, financial concerns, academic problems, travel, and personal issues.
July 30, 2014
Possible delays in U.S. visa processing
The U.S. Department of State is currently experiencing technical issues with its Consular Consolidated Database (CCD). As a result, U.S. consulates and embassies worldwide are having difficulties processing visa application requests.
The CCD system stores information that is used for the visa application process and until the system is restored to full functionality, U.S. consular officers are unable to issue and print U.S. visas. The Department of State is currently working to diligently to correct the problem and expects the system to be fully operational again soon. At this time, visa applicants should expect a delay in the visa application process, including visa appointment times and issuance.
Please notify OISS if you are experiencing an extended delay with getting a U.S. visa. While we are aware of the situation, we have not been given specific instructions on how to advise our students and scholars who may be delayed from starting their programs at UCSB. We will provide updates as they become available from the U.S. Department of State.
For additional information, please visit the U.S. Department of State website
We are located on the third floor of the Student Resource Building in Room 3130. SUMMER OFFICE HOURS are Monday thru Friday 10 a.m. to 12 noon and 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. On the 2nd and 4th Friday of the month, we are open from 9am-12noon. Come visit us today!