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
Please sign up during the following drop-in hours to speak to an advisor:
Monday to Friday: 2PM to 4PM
Email your inquiry to firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.
- 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)
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.
- Understanding SEVIS and Your F-1 Documents: Passport, SEVIS and SEVIS reporting, Form I-20, F-1 Visa, and I-94
- Full-Time Requirement
- End of Semester Reminder
- Completing Your Study at SF State
- Mandatory Health Insurance Requirements for F-1 International students
Exceptions to full-time requirement
- Taking Classes at Another School
- Reduced Course Load (RCL)
- Full-Time Equivalency (FTE) *Graduate Students Only
- Leave of Absence
- Study Abroad and Research/Thesis Abroad
Regain/Change/Extend F-1 status
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.
- Volunteering and Unpaid Internships
- On-campus Employment
- Off-campus Employment
What Employers Should Know About Hiring International Students (PDF, 160KB) (NAFSA resources)
- Invite Family Members to the U.S.
- Legal Concerns - International Students and Cannabis Use
- OIP Forms & Express Shipping
- OIP Workshops
- SF State Resources
- Financial Assistance
- Recognizing Scams and Fraud
- Social Security Number (SSN)
- Taxes in the United States
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