The International Student Services Office is here to assist you in
exploring your academic options, learning about life in New York, and
more. Our staff will answer your questions about eligibility, English
requirements, academic requirements, practical training, class hours and
locations, health insurance, housing, and application entry dates. To
maximize your success at LaGuardia Community College, you will be
assigned your own individual counselor who will be responsible for your
visa and academic counseling throughout your educational experience at
LaGuardia Community College. Our goal is your success.
Our office is here to support you by providing
You are eligible to work on-campus for up to 20 hours per week when school is in session. Employment is considered a privilege, not a right, for F-1 students. To accept on-campus employment you must meet the following criteria:
If you are not in good academic standing and have not fulfilled all the requirements of your student status, your employment may be interrupted until you restore your good standing. You can work full-time on campus when school is not in session or when you have legal vacation break. Please be aware that on-campus employment opportunities are limited. You should not expect to support yourself through employment.Once you have completed our required courses for graduation, you may no longer work on campus unless you are authorized through Optional Practical Training and the work is directly related to the course of study you have completed. You may also work on campus after you have completed a program if you have been issued a new I-20 for a second program that will begin the following semester.Economic Hardship Work Authorization
Should you experience financial difficulties while studying at LaGuardia Community College and you have already been in lawful F-1 status for one year, you may be eligible to apply for Economic Hardship Work Authorization which will allow you to accept employment off campus while you study at LaGuardia Community College.Severe Economic Hardship is a type of work authorization for F-1 students who are experiencing severe and unforeseen economic problems. Under this work authorization, F-1 Student Visa Holders are eligible to seek work off-campus.Please visit our office to discuss your Economic Hardship eligibility.Curricular Practical Training (CPT):
CPT is a paid internship that is considered to be a graduation requirement for your major. While on CPT you may receive monetary compensation for the prespecified length of the internship. At LaGuardia Community College, you may be eligible for one full-time and one part-time internship. Please visit our office to discuss the possibility of applying for CPT.
Once you have been accepted into LaGuardia Community College, you will need to apply for an I-20 form. Please follow the directions bellow to obtain an I-20 document.
To apply, mail or fax the following items to the International Student Services (ISS) at LaGuardia Community College (original copies will be required by 1st day of class)
LaGuardia Community College
International Student Services
29-10 Thomson Avenue Room C-249
Long Island City, NY 11101ORFax to: 718-609-2021
The Application and Transfer forms are available for downloading below. For your convenience, the forms are available as a Portable Document Format (PDF) file, which is compact, cross platform and can be viewed by anyone with a free Acrobat Reader by Adobe. You must have Adobe Acrobat Reader on your computer in order to download, read and print the forms. If you do not have the reader software, click here.
31-10 Thomson Avenue Room M-166Long Island City, N.Y. 11101phone: (718) 482-5145 fax: (718) 609-2021
Monday-Tuesday 9am - 5pm Wednesday-Thursday 9am - 7:45pm Friday-Closed
The most important thing you can do to maintain your F-1 Student Status is to enroll and complete a minimum of twelve (12) equated credits during both the fall and spring semesters. As an F-1 student at LaGuardia Community College, full-time enrollment means enrolling in and completing at least twelve (12) equated credits. Remember. You must enroll and complete twelve credits or equated credits by the end of each semester. Remember the semester consists of two sessions of 12 weeks and one session of 6 weeks.Note that for spring, If you enroll in the 12 credits in session I, you are permitted to remain in the country for session II, which is you designated vacation period.Please visit our office for a more information about your registration and credit requirements.Please Note: If you are having financial difficulties and cannot afford to register for twelve credits during the first session of any semester, please contact our office immediately at 718-482-5145.
Carry your passport, I-20, and I-94 when you are traveling within the U.S. These documents provide immediate proof that you are in lawful status. The law requires you to carry evidence of "registration documents" at all times. Be aware that air passengers may be subject to extensive security checks before both domestic and international flights.
Traveling Outside the United States
Before you travel outside the United States, meet with an advisor to have your I-20, visa and passport reviewed. The advisor will also verify your enrollment. If all is in order, the advisor will sign your I- 20 so you may re-enter the U.S. To ensure re-entry to the U.S., we recommend that you get a travel signature every time you travel outside of the U.S.To travel outside the U.S., you must have the following:
Travel signatures are only issued to current full-time students who will be returning to the United States for further study or to students who are on Practical Training and have a valid EAD card and letter of employment.Note: that if you have not maintained your full-time status or if you have already completed your major or Optional Practical Training, you will not be eligible to receive a travel signature. A travel signature means that you will return as a full-time student.Examples:
Travel Regulation for Canada, Mexico, and Caribbean Islands
If you visit Canada, Mexico, or the Caribbean Islands (except Cuba) for less than 30 days, you must have the following:
If you plan to visit Canada, Mexico or the Caribbean Islands for more than 30 days, you must have a valid U.S. visa stamp to re-enter the U.S. The governments of Canada and Mexico may require citizens from your country to have a visa before entering their countries. Before traveling to either of these countries check with their respective consulates.