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Graduate students currently attending UCI and who have completed at least one term at UCI may file a Petition for Resident Classification with the University Registrar's office, once they feel that they have met all UC residence for tuition purposes requirements. The Graduate Petition for Resident Classification Filing Deadlines are below:

Term Fall Quarter Winter Quarter Spring Quarter Fall Semester Spring Semester
Filing Period Begins July 1 October 15 January 15 May 1 October 1
Filing Deadline August 15 December 1 March 1 June 15 December 1

* If the deadline falls on a weekend, you may submit your petition on the following business day.
* Fall and Spring Semester deadlines are for Law students only.
* Residency Requirements can be found here:


Physical presence: Graduate students must demonstrate that they have been physically present in California for at least one year immediately prior to the residence determination date of the quarter they wish to be classified as a resident. (Graduate students finishing their first year at UC Irvine may file their petition during the summer before the start of their second year.)

Intent: Graduate students must demonstrate that they have established governmental ties with the state of California and relinquished all out-of-state ties shortly after their arrival in California.


The Graduate Petition for Resident Classification should be submitted electronically via DocuSign. DocuSign provides a secure method to submit required documentation.

  1. Collect supporting documentation including PDF's or JPEG's of CA driver’s licenses or DMV issued identification cards, voter registration, CA tax returns, and CA vehicle registration.

  2. Access the DocuSign Graduate Petition by clicking on the yellow text box above.

  3. To start the petition, enter your name and your UCI email address, and click the "Begin Signing" button.

  4. Complete all the required fields, and submit documentation of your ties to CA, as well as an explanation of your physical presence in CA for the summer directly preceding your 2nd year at UCI. Summer Physical presence can be explained via a Word doc.

  5. If you start your petition but don’t have all the necessary documentation, you can return to your petition by clicking the “Finish Later” button. (You can return to your Petition via the email link you’ll receive.)

  6. Upload all your supporting documents via the ”Upload Attachment” button (paper clip symbol).

  7. Sign the form and click the Finish button to formally submit your petition. Please submit only one petition.

  8. You will receive an email from the residency officer confirming submission of your petition two business days after submission. If we need more documentation or have a question about your petition, we’ll reach out via email.

Residency Decisions

Review of residency petitions can take from two to four weeks, during peak review season in July and August. We will contact you by email once a residency decision has been reached.