International Students

International Students

Students with an F1 visa and a form I-20 issued by Ulster County Community College are required to follow certain United States Customs and Immigration Services (USCIS) regulations governing enrollment, local address reporting, travel, and employment.

Full-time Enrollment

F1 students are required to register for a minimum of 12 credits per semester (fall and spring). Some exceptions may apply to the first and final semesters of study. Students should consult with Matthew Green in the Admissions Office before dropping a class or registering for fewer than 12 credits.

Online Study

No more than 3 credits of online study may be counted toward an F1 student’s 12 credit full time requirement.

Address Reporting

The College is obligated to report each F1 student’s current local address to the Student and Exchange Visitor’s Information System (SEVIS). All F1 students must keep the Primary Designated School Official (PDSO) Matthew Green, or Designated School Official (DSO) Lucia Pecore informed of any change of local address. 

Travel

F1 students with plans to travel outside of the United States at any time during their study, including vacation breaks, must obtain a signature from the PDSO or DSO.  Although the form I-20 states that a travel signature is valid for one year; current practice and regulatory recommendations suggest that students obtain a new signature every six months. Students with international travel plans should register for at least 12 credits for the upcoming semester and request the signature well in advance of their planned departure date. Failure to obtain a valid travel signature may result in difficulty re-entering the United States in valid F1 student status.

Employment

F1 students have restricted employment opportunities. Students may be eligible to work up to 20 hours per week on campus during the semester. Students engaged in a credit-bearing internship may be eligible to receive payment. Students graduating with an Associate’s degree may apply for up to 12 months of USCIS approved employment authorization. All students must discuss employment plans with the campus PDSO Matthew Green or Designated School Official (DS0), Lucia Pecore.  Students engaged in unauthorized employment are in violation of F1 student status.

Other non-U.S. citizen students are encouraged to visit the Admissions Office to learn about additional opportunities and community resources related to college planning and immigration information. Only F1 student data is reported to the USCIS SEVIS database.  

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