There are many statutory rules and school policies that affect international students. It’s your responsibility to get familiar with the government rules and school policies!
When traveling outside the United States, request& obtain signature on the 2nd page of your current I-20 from DSO/PDSO at least 2 weeks prior to your travel.
Documents required by the U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the first Port of Entry when you re-enter the United States:
It is important that students hand-carry (instead of packing in checked luggage) the following documents:
They also should consider bringing the following:
Nonimmigrant in the United States (with J, H, B1/B2, R visas) may apply for a change of status to student (F1) for the following reasons:
Your CalCC I-20 Form indicates that the normal length of study at CalCC is 3 to 18 months. If your I-20 is going to expire soon, and if you need more time to finish your program because of academic or medical reasons you may apply to CalCC for a Program Extension within the last 30 days before the expiration date.
Please ask for the I-20 extension to Director of Admissions. You will also need to submit a current bank statement with your request. If you are granted a program extension, you will be issued a new I-20 Form, reflecting the additional time you need to complete your course of study.
When you complete your studies in the U.S. and return to your home country, you should keep your I-20s and ID’s from all the schools you have attended, in your permanent record. You may need to use them as supporting documents for a future change of status.
Your F-1 visa is the document issued when you were approved by the United States Embassy or Consulate to study in the United States. Check to make sure you have a multiple entry visa. It will be indicated with an "M" for multiple entries. We often have students concerned about their visa expiration date. Even if your visa expires, you are still in F-1 status and can still study in the United States as long as your I-20, passport, and I-94 are valid. You only have to renew an expired visa if you leave and reenter the United States.
International students are only permitted to work up to 20 hours per week on campus. There are limited employment opportunities on campus and most jobs require proficiency in English.
Off-campus employment for F-1 students is a violation of student visa regulations and will result in the student becoming out of status.