F-1 International Students

Office of International Programs provide F-1 student advising , workshops, and orientations to F-1 International students to assist them in achieving their personal, professional, and academic goals.

Our website is designed to answer the most-commonly asked questions we receive from international students. Students are encouraged to seek in-person advising during our drop-in hours whenever necessary.

News from F-1 Student Servies

Holiday Special - I-20 Signature Express Service

Are you traveling overseas during the Winter break?

Please take a look at the 2nd page of your I-20.  If your travel signature on the 2nd page of the I-20 is more than one year old you must request a new signature. Submit a completed and signed F-1 document request form with your most current I-20 to OIP on following dates and pick up your I-20 the next business day. No need to wait for five business days!

  • Tuesday, December 5 by 5PM (Pick up on Wednesday, December 6 after 12PM/noon)
  • Thursday, December 14 by 5PM (Pick up on Friday, December 15 after 12PM/noon)

Apply for OPT

Important OPT application dates for Fall 2017 graduates are now available at Optional Practical Training (OPT).

Our processing time is 10 business days (not including weekends and holidays).  Please plan accordingly.

Emergency Travel for F-1 International Students

If you need to travel outside the United States due to a personal, family, and/or medical emergency during the university closures, please e-mail oip@sfsu.edu. Your e-mail should include your name, SF State student ID number, your departure and return date from and to the United States, and the best way to contact you.  

You can still leave the United States without an updated signature on the 2nd page of the I-20.


Monday, December 25 through Monday, January 1, 2018

Winter break.  Office closed.


Advising Hours

Monday, Wednesday, Thursday
10AM to 12PM and 2PM to 4PM
(Walk-in advising)

General office hours (for submitting request or documents pick-up): Monday to Friday, 8AM to 5PM

No Advising on:

Thursday, November 23 to Friday, November 24
Thursday, November 30 (No advising between 10AM to 12PM.  Advising resume from 2PM-4PM)
Monday, December 25 to Monday, January 1, 2018