Current Students

International Students at SF State

To limit potential COVID-19 spreading within our community, we are serving our students remotely. In-person advising and documents pick up services are currently unavailable.

Get Advising on F-1 Matters

Phone advising

Email advising

Please sign up during the following drop-in hours to speak to an advisor:

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

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Email your inquiry to f1@sfsu.edu The response time is 1-2 business days (not including the weekends and holidays). 

Please provide your full name and SF State Student student ID number (if you have one) in your inquiry.

Please note:

  • San Francisco State University provides reasonable accommodations based on disability for eligible students.  If you need special accommodation beyond phone advising please email us,
  • The F-1 international student advisors provide advising on issues related to F-1 student visa status.
  • For academic advising, please visit the Advising Hub (Undergraduate students) or speak to Graduate Coordinators (Graduate students)

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.

Employment

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. 

What Employers Should Know About Hiring International Students  (PDF, 160KB) (NAFSA resources)

Useful Resources

The information contained in this website is provided as a service to the international students, faculty, staff, employees and administrators of San Francisco State University, and does not constitute legal advice on any immigration, tax or other matter. We try to provide useful information, but we make no claims, promises or guarantees about the accuracy, completeness or adequacy of the information contained in or linked to this web site or any associated site. As legal advice must be tailored to the specific circumstances of each case, and laws are constantly changing, nothing provided herein should be used as a substitute for the advice of competent counsel. Neither San Francisco State University nor the Office of International Programs is responsible for any errors or omissions contained in this website, or for the results obtained from the use of this information.

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