What to do First

Congratulations! Welcome to UCSB!

After you have

  1. been admitted to UCSB and
  2. have returned your Statement of Intent to Register (SIR)
  3. Set up your UCSB NetID and Umail account (approximately 5-10 days after returning your SIR)

the next step in getting your student visa to come to UCSB is to show that you have the funds to support you through the first year. OISS is here for you!

To do this, you will complete and upload a financial form and supporting documents using the OISS International Students Portal.

\WATCH for an email from "OISS-Portal-Admin" which will include for your username and access information for the Portal.

Choose a link below for the list of the documents you need and detailed instructions:

You can begin to collect your documents now, but you will not be able to send documents to OISS until you receive an email with instructions to access the Portal. Upload documents to OISS AS SOON AS POSSIBLE. Visa processing times may be delayed and OISS is unable to rush the government's visa processing.

Questions? We have a special email address just for incoming students! Send your questions to newintl@sa.ucsb.edu

When to Arrive

You MUST arrive in time to take the ELPE exam and attend CALI Training. You can not enter the U.S. more than 30 days prior to the start of your academic program. If you choose to arrive early and hope to travel, please be sure to make arrangements for your luggage. OISS is unable to store luggage.


MANDATORY CALI TRAINING:  Incoming international students are required to attend CALI Training, where you will learn about Cultural Awareness, Laws, and Immigration (yes, this is international student orientation).
More information and updates about CALI Training here.