New Graduate Student Information Guide
Center for International Service
North Administration Building (2A), Room 206
(718) 982-2108- Fax
The Center for International Service coordinates services for students and scholars from countries outside the U.S. In addition to processing all required immigration documentation (i.e., I-20), they provide an extensive orientation, ongoing advisement and assistance to students and scholars in on-and off-campus adjustment.
Obtaining/Maintaining a Visa
If you are currently an international student in F-1 or J-1 status, intend to apply for a student visa outside of the U.S. or change your status to F-1 or J-1, please contact the Center for International Service.
When you are accepted to the College of Staten Island, you will receive a Welcome Letter along with 2 forms for you to complete and return to the Center for International Service. These forms are needed before you can enroll at the College and for the Center to issue the Form I-20 or Form DS-2019. You will need the Form I-20 (Certificate of Eligibility) to obtain the F visa; Form DS-2019 to obtain the J Visa.
Here's what you will need to do, upon receiving the Welcome Letter and required forms:
1. Review the Welcome Letter and forms.
2. Complete and return the following forms:
Proof of certain immunizations is needed before you can register for courses. Therefore, you will need to submit the immunization form along with any other pertinent health records. This information is necessary to determine if you have the mandatory immunizations as required by the U.S. government. The Statement of Financial Support is needed to determine if you are financially able to support yourself.
When completing the financial forms, remember to attach all necessary documents (e.g. bank letter/statement, sponsor's proof of income, proof of an approval loan or evidence of a scholarship) before returning them to your advisor. Please attach documents that are original and translated into English.