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Lunch and Learn Series:

Date Location Topic
Tuesday, September 17, 2019 McGill Hall Suite 2126 Implications of the Visa Bulletin for Your Permanent Residency Plans
Tuesday, October 1, 2019 McGill Hall Suite 2126 Understanding Taxes in the U.S.
Tuesday, October 22, 2019 McGill Hall Suite 2126 212e and Bars 
Tuesday, December 10, 2019 McGill Hall Suite 2126 Travel

Implications of the Visa Bulletin for Your Permanent Residency Plans

The International Faculty & Scholars Office will discuss the effects the visa bulletin has on scholars who want to apply for permanent residency. We will discuss the visa bulletin in the context of employment based permanent residency routes such as Extraordinary Ability (EB1), Outstanding Researcher & Professor (EB1), National Interest Waiver (EB2) and Labor Certification (EB2).
Topics to be addressed include:
  • How does the visa bulletin affect your ability to apply for permanent residency?
  • What is a priority date?
  • How do you establish your priority date?
  • How do you interpret the visa bulletin?
  • What is the difference between the “Final Action Dates” vs “Dates for filing?”

Note: This presentation is intended for scholars with basic knowledge of the permanent residency process. We highly encourage you to first attend the Permanent Residency Overview: Process and Pathway workshop
When: Tuesday, September 17, 12:00-1:00 PM
Where: IFSO Programming Room
            2126 McGill Hall, 2nd Floor
Light dessert will be provided.

Understanding Taxes in the U.S.

This workshop will discuss basic U.S. tax concepts and processes to help scholars anticipate what their tax liability will be, as well as their annual tax filing obligations and what resources are available to meet these obligations. 
Topics include:
  • understanding what graduated tax rates are
  • understanding the difference between income and payroll (FICA) taxes
  • determining your tax residency status (Nonresident Alien vs Resident Alien for Tax Purposes) and implications for your tax liability
  • identifying potential tax treaty benefits
  • recognizing the different processes for federal vs state tax filing obligations
  • interpreting the different tax forms (W-4, W-2, 1042-S, etc.)
  • learning the timeline for completing your required federal and state tax returns
  • understanding basic resources available to help you in completing your tax returns

When: Tuesday, October 1, 12:00-1:00 PM

Bring your own lunch; light dessert will be provided

Where: IFSO Programming Room
            2126 McGill Hall, 2nd Floor

212e and Bars

Description coming soon.
When: Tuesday, October 22, 12:00-1:00 PM
Where: IFSO Programming Room
            2126 McGill Hall, 2nd Floor


Description coming soon.
When: Tuesday, December 10, 12:00-1:00 PM
Where: IFSO Programming Room
            2126 McGill Hall, 2nd Floor

Programs for International Scholars and Family:

English in Action Conversation Program

English in Action Conversation Program

The English-in-Action (EIA) conversation program matches international students, scholars and spouses with volunteer conversation leaders to help with conversational English language skills, simultaneously helping you to acquire a better understanding of American culture and to acclimate more quickly to UC San Diego and the San Diego community.

The EIA volunteer conversation leaders are community members, faculty, staff, and students.

Friends Family Orientation

Friends Family OrientationInternational scholars and their family members are welcome to attend a special orientation that will provide information on educational and fun activities for families to participate in during their stay in San Diego. Enjoy coffee, conversation and friendship every first and third Wednesday of the month at 9:15 a.m., at McGill Hall 2nd Floor Suite 2126. Children are welcome to attend. Visit for additional information. 


Friends of the International Center

Friends of the International CenterInternational visitors are welcome to enjoy these programs and activities; the link will direct you to each program's specific webpage for details: 

English Conversation
Everyday English (ESL)
Tuesday Craft Circle
Mommy, Daddy & Me
Cooking Program
Friends Dinner Social
Ethnic Dinners
Visit an American Home
Additional Programs/Information

Friends' Resale Shop

Friends' Resale Shop

The Resale Shop, located at 214 University Center (Main Room), is an on-campus thrift store. We offer a wide range of gently used clothes (contemporary, designer and vintage), household items and books. Proceeds from the sales help fund scholarships and activities related to international education. Volunteers and donation of goods are welcome. Call (858) 534-1124, or email for more information.

Friends Wednesday Coffee

Friends Wednesday Coffee

International visitors are welcome every Wednesday morning for coffee, conversation and friendship.10 am to noon at University Center 409 (U409).  Details are here.



International Education Week

International Education WeekInternational Education Week (IEW) is an opportunity to celebrate the benefits of international education and exchange worldwide. Initiated in 2000 by the US Department of State and the Department of Education, the week is dedicated to enhancing international awareness across UCSD campus as well as to reinforcing the importance of the exchange of students and scholars across borders.



International Friday Café

Friday International CafeFinish the week off right at the International Friday Café!  Meet people from around the world, enjoy international music, and explore world cultures all while enjoying a delicious meal from featured countries around the world.  All students, staff, faculty, and community members are welcome! $5 per person, CASH ONLY.

Intramural sports teams

Intramural sports teams

Anyone with RIMAC membership looking for a way to exercise and interact or connect with other staff members or students at UC San Diego? Intramural sports are amateur teams on campus, made of students, scholars, staff, or community members. Games are 1 hour long, once per week, on campus. Anyone can join the teams; they are just for fun. See a listing of RIMAC intramural team sports.

Note: you must have a RIMAC membership in order to participate in intramural sports.

Language Exchange

Language ExchangeHelp someone learn your language, and enjoy conversational practice in their language in exchange! Visit This is a self-run program where you review who is available and choose your partner based on your language preferences.


OceanidsOceanids is a UC San Diego organization and support group promoting friendship and services to the UC San Diego community. They offer many services for international scholars such as the Kitchen & Baby Equipment Exchange as well as activities ranging from a Whale Watching trip during the Winter quarter to a Desert camping trip; to receive these announcements, please sign up here.

Oceanids has 20 different interest groups and the three listed below are popular amongst new postdocs or scholars at UC San Diego; the link will direct you to each group's specific webpage for details:

Hiking In and Around San Diego County
Moveable Feast I 
Wine Tasting II
Oceanids full list of interest groups

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