The International Programs Office staff can help you with all of your
immigration and student visa questions.
For information directly from the U.S. government about everything regarding international
students, please go here: Study in the States.
Student Visa Information (F-1 visa)
The F-1 visa is a non-immigrant visa classification specifically
for students coming to the U.S. to study.
- Contact your local U.S. embassy or consulate for specific information about obtaining
the F-1 visa and making an appointment
- Find your U.S. consular office here: US Embassy
- After you are admitted to LCSC you will be sent a form I-20
with your admission letter and LCSC
This form qualifies you to apply for an F-1 visa at your local U.S. consular office.
Read your I-20 completely and carefully to know your specific program information.
- Your I-20 should never expire while you are at LCSC completing your academic or
language program, so make sure to extend it in time!
Entering the United States
- For specific information about what you can bring to the U.S. and the entry process please
look at the Customs and Border Protection (CBP) website here:
Customs and Border Protection
- I-94 Card: This is your entry and departure record that you are given every time you re-enter
the U.S. Please look here for information about the card and how to fill it out:
- When you are granted entry in to the United States make sure that you are given
a stamp in your passport and on your I-94 card
Maintaining your F-1 Visa Status at LCSC
- International Student Orientation is required to officially “check-in” as part of your visa requirements.
You will also receive all of the detailed information necessary to maintain your visa status.
- Full course load requirement: Enroll in a minimum of 12 credits for Spring and Fall semesters
- Only 1 class or 3 credits or 1 class of online coursework can be applied to your full course load
- Obtain a travel signature every year if you plan to travel outside of the U.S.
- If you work on campus you are limited to 20 hours per week during the semester
- Never work off-campus without prior authorization