Current International and Exchange Students

The Division of International Education provides advice on F-1 and J-1 visa regulations and U.S. employment authorization to assist international students in achieving their personal, professional, and academic goals.

This section is designed to answer the most commonly asked questions we receive from international students. Students are also encouraged to seek advice via email or phone advising during our drop-in hours whenever necessary.

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Visa and Immigration

Navigating the complex world of visa requirements and immigration processes can be a significant aspect of international and exchange students' academic journey.

Within this section, students will find essential information and resources to navigate these requirements and processes effectively.

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Maintaining Status

Maintaining legal status is paramount for international and exchange students' academic and personal success during their time here.

Students will find essential information, tips, and resources to help them navigate the complexities of staying in compliance with immigration regulations.

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U.S. Employment Authorization

This section offers comprehensive information, guidelines, and resources to help international and exchange students navigate the process of securing employment authorization within the bounds of visa status.

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Travel Information

Read important information, tips, and resources to help international and exchange students plan and execute travel plans while upholding their legal obligations in the U.S.

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Life in San Francisco

From housing options to medical care, financial responsibilities, budgeting, and understanding local safety considerations, this section is your comprehensive guide to thriving in the Bay Area. 

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Completing Study at SF State

As students near the end of their studies, there are essential tasks and financial responsibilities to address before leaving the U.S. This section provides a comprehensive to-do list and guidance on managing their plans effectively.

Last updated: March 2024

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