F-1 International Students

F-1 Student Services home page

The Office of International Programs (OIP) provides advising on F-1 visa regulations, employment workshops, and new students welcome events to 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

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 and in-person advising

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

Monday to Friday: 2PM to 4PM

Sign up here

Please join the link during the following zoom advising hours to speak to an advisor:

Tuesday and Thursday: 9:30AM to 11:30AM

Join link here

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

If you wish to schedule an in-person appointment, please provide what you wish to discuss.

Email: f1@sfsu.edu


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)

Document request (Effective Fall 2021)

  • All request forms must be submitted via email to f1@sfsu.edu.  No paper forms will be accepted.  
  • The request must be sent from your SF State email address except SF State alumi. 
  • Requests are processed within 5 business days. We accept digital signatures, scanned copies, and high resolution/clear pictures of the completed form.
  • All documents, including I-20s, will be emailed to students.  There is no in-person documents pick up at OIP front desk.



Last updated: August 2021

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