COVID-19 Updates

Last updated: August 23, 2021. 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.

Contact Information
Deborah Stengle
Associate Director for International Student and Scholar Services
Responsible Officer (RO), Exchange Visitor Program 
Designated School Official (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

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

Working Options for F-1 Students

On-Campus

  • 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.  

Off-Campus 

Other Forms 

  • 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.
  • International Student & Scholar Departure Form: If an F-1 student wants to leave their school, for any reason, this form needs to be completed and given to their DSO (Designated School Official). This form must also be completed and returned to the ISSS Office when the student/scholar completes their program.
  • Reduced Course Load: 
  • Student Contact Form:

For more information on these and other topics, please go to:  

https://www.ice.gov

https://studyinthestates.dhs.gov/sevis-help-hub

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