Dear Students, Scholars, and Employees:

Effective immediately, Berkeley International Office is closed through April 7 due to Alameda County’s “shelter in place” guidance, which advises county residents to self-isolate in their residences beginning Tuesday, March 17 at 12:01 a.m. through Tuesday, April 7 in order to slow the spread of COVID-19 to the maximum extent possible. We will send an update if this date changes.

While our office is closed, we will maintain our virtual student advising and other advising services through email and phone. Please note that during our closure, you can call our office at‪ this temporary number: (510) 306-4827‬. BIO will be updating our COVID-19 Updates & FAQ page with further details regarding document requests and processing during the closure. 

How to Reach BIO

If you are an F-1 or J-1 UC Berkeley student or an F-2 or J-2 dependent of a UC Berkeley student, please email If you have an urgent issue and need more immediate assistance, please sign in for virtual student advising using the instructions on our Contact Us page.

If you are a J-1 UC Berkeley scholar, the J-2 dependent of a J-1 scholar, or a department assisting a J-1 scholar, please email for assistance. 

If you are an employee sponsored by UC Berkeley for H-1B, PR, O, or TN, or a department assisting one of these employees, please email

To call and leave a message for a specific BIO staff member, you can call (510) 306-4827‬.

BIO remains committed to supporting the international community during these challenging times. Please take care of yourself.


Ivor Emmanuel
Berkeley International Office

Berkeley International Office

Our mailing address is:
Berkeley International Office
2150 Shattuck Ave Ste 500
Berkeley, CA 94704-1345

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