Current Students

International Students

Once you enter the U.S. with an I-20 and F-1 visa, you are in F-1 Student status.  F-1 international students are responsible for understanding the requirements behind maintaining F-1 student status in the U.S.

Get Advising

In-Person: Students can see an F-1 international student advisor during drop-in advising hours (Appointment is not needed).  The drop-in advising hours are:

Monday to Friday: 2PM to 4PM
Tuesday and Thursday: 9:30AM to 11:30AM

E-mail or phone: You can also e-mail the F-1 international student advisors at or call 415.338.1293.  Please always provide your full name and SF State Student (if you have one) when you contact us.

The F-1 international student advisors provide advising on issues related to F-1 student visa status.  For academic advising, please visit the University Advising Center (undergraduate students only) or speak to an academic advisor from your major department.

Maintain Status

As an F-1 international student, you are responsible for learning, understanding, and complying with the U.S. laws and regulations that apply to your F-1 student status. This is referred to as "maintaining status" or "being in status".  Failure to be aware of and to comply with F-1 regulations could jeopardize both your legal status in the U.S. and your future academic plans.

Travel Information

If you will be traveling outside the U.S. while your are in F-1 status, you will need to follow certain procedures in order to return to the U.S. to continue your study.


F-1 international students are only eligible to seek employment under very limited circumstances.  Students may not begin any type of employment without prior work authorization. This section covers the various types of employment eligibility students may seek while in F-1 international student status.