COVID-19 Updates

Last updated: July 15, 2020. This webpage is being updated regularly, and we encourage you to continue to check back for important updates. Please note that this information is constantly evolving and we do not have all the answers at this time. Contact ISSS with additional questions.

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COVID-19 International Students Spring 2020 FAQs

Contact Information
Deborah Stengle
Assistant Director for International Student and Scholar Services Responsible Office-J Visa Program DSO, F Visa Program  
Deborah.stengle@csi.cuny.edu
718-982-2100
Building 2A, Room 206  

We extend a warm welcome to all international students and scholars who have chosen the College of Staten Island as their home for study.
We provide programs and services to assist you to achieve your professional, academic and personal goals. We give information and advice on U.S. Immigration regulations, employment, taxation, cultural adjustment, and other practical issues. This assistance and support helps you to be successful in the American higher education system and to understand the cultural context in which it exists.

Prospective Students

Newly Admitted Students

For Current Students

Every semester we hold workshops on many of the topics below. Follow our social media for current workshop schedule.

  • CURRICULAR PRACTICAL TRAINING FOR STUDENTS IN F-1 STATUS: CPT is temporary authorization for practical training directly related to your major field of study paid or unpaid. The ISSS office authorizes CPT. Practical training can include: employment, internship experience, cooperative education, or practicum participation. 
  • EMPLOYMENT ON-CAMPUS FOR STUDENTS IN F-1 STATUS: F-1 students are eligible to work on-campus during their academic program if they are maintaining their F-1 status. The work does not need to be related to the student’s field of study and no special authorization is needed. Employment is limited to 20 hours per week during the semester, but more hours are allowed during school breaks.

    International students are not eligible for work-study jobs.  

    https://studyinthestates.dhs.gov/students/working-united-states 

  • OFF-CAMPUS EMPLOYMENT DUE TO ECONOMIC HARDSHIPIf you are suffering a severe economic hardship due to unforeseen changes in your financial circumstances, you may apply to the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) for authorization to work off-campus. Examples of unforeseen circumstances include, loss of financial support or on-campus employment. Consult an ISS adviser to discuss your unique situation to determine if you eligible to apply.

  • OPTIONAL PRACTICAL TRAINING (OPT): OPT allows F-1 students to get real-world work experience related to their academic field of study. There are two types of OPT, pre-completion and post-completion OPT.  Check out our OPT workshops each semester.

  • OPTIONAL PRACTICAL TRAINING STEM EXTENSION: STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) students are allowed an extra 24 months of OPT provided they qualify. Qualifications include working more than 20 hours a week for an E-verified company.  

  • DEPARTURE FORM: If an F-1 student wants to leave their school, for any reason, this form needs to be complete and given to their DSO (Designated School Official). 

  • FACULTY RECOMMENDATION FOR CURRICULAR PRACTICAL TRAINING: This form must be completed by a faculty advisor and returned to the ISSS when applying for CPT. 
  • INSTRUCTIONS FOR OBTAINING OPTIONAL PRE OR POST COMPLETION PRACTICAL TRAINING FOR STUDENTS IN F-1 STATUS: This form contains the instructions to apply for Pre or Post OPT.
  • INSTRUCTIONS FOR OBTAINING OPTIONAL PRACTICAL TRAINING STEM EXTENSION FOR STUDENTS IN F-1 STATUS: This form contains the instructions to apply for Pre or Post STEM OPT.
  • INTERNATIONAL STUDENT & SCHOLAR DEPARTURE FORM: Complete this form as you have finished your program and return to the ISS office
  • J-1 Student Employment & Social Security: This information is for visitors who are part of the J-1 visa exchange visitor program.
  • OPT Employment Reporting: USCIS requires that F-1 students on OPT report their employment information to their DSO (Designated School Official). If this is not done in a timely manner, the student risks losing their immigration status and/or not being granted permission to remain in the U.S. in the future; therefore it is imperative that a completed form is given to students’ DSO once they have obtained employment.  
  • Request for an Extension of Program: International students in F-1 status who do not complete their academic programs by the end date of their I-20/DS-2019 must request an extension from their academic department and the ISS advisor. This form must be approved and signed by the academic advisor and returned to the ISS office.
  • For more information on these and other topics, please go to:  
    https://www.ice.gov
    https://studyinthestates.dhs.gov/sevis-help-hub

Immigration Information