F-1 International Students

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To limit potential COVID-19 spreading within our community, we are serving our students remotely. In-person advising and document pick up at OIP office is unavailable. If you wish to access phone advising services, please sign up during the following phone advising hours:


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


Sign up to speak to an F-1 advisor


*San Francisco State University provides reasonable accommodations based on disability for eligible students.  If you need special accommodation beyond phone advising please email us.

Office of International Programs (OIP) provide advising on F-1 visa regulations, employment workshops, and new students welcome events assist degree-seeking F-1 international students 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.

Important Dates and F-1 Deadlines

Get Advising on F-1 Matters

In-person email or call

You can speak to an F-1 international student advisor during the Drop-In advising hours(No appointment needed):

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

Documents Pick-Up Hours/General Office Hours: Monday to Friday, 8:00AM to 5:00PM.

Email: f1@sfsu.edu or call 415.338.1293 between Monday to Friday, 8:00AM to 5:00PM.

The response time is 1-2 business days (not including weekends or university closure).  Please provide your full name and SF State Student student ID number (if you have one) in your inqury.

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)

News from F-1 Student Services

Important Dates and F-1 Deadlines

May 8, 2020

First day to apply for Post-Completion Optional Practical Training (OPT) for Summer 2020 graduates.

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