Immigration policies for California State University, East Bay can be read here: Immigration Information.
In order to keep your immigration record, please bring your I-94, passport, and I-20(s) with you to the New Student Orientation.
If you have recently arrived from outside the United States, the Custom Border Patrol Officials stamped your passport and created an electronic I-94 at the U.S. port of entry. Upon arrival, visit Arrival/Departure Forms and retrieve your electronic I-94. Make sure that your I-94 states “F-1" and “D/S” (Duration of Status). Duration of Status means you may stay, as long as you follow the F-1 rules to maintain status, even if the F-1 visa in your passport expires while you are in the U.S.
If you are transferring from another school in the U.S as an F-1 student, you must complete the transfer of your immigration record to American Language Program before the beginning of the term. You will need to complete the following three steps:
a) Remember to keep a valid, authorized, I-20 which reflects your current program at all times. (Check the completion of
studies date in section 5 of your I-20.)
b) Notify ALP of any change in your program so that we can inform USCIS of the change within the required time.
c) Maintain full-time enrollment. Exceptions to full-time enrollment are defined by USCIS, and must be approved by an
International Student Advisor BEFORE the term begins.
d) About taking your vacation term:
e) If you are unable to complete your program before the completion date in #5 of your I-20, you must apply for a Program Extension at ALP within 30 days before your I-20 expires.
f) Maintain a valid passport at all times. (Contact your Embassy/Consulate to extend your passport)
g) Refrain from unauthorized employment.
h) Notify CSU East Bay of any change in your U.S. residential address via MYCSUEB. In turn, ALP will report your
updated address to USCIS.
Anytime you travel, please complete the “I-20 Travel Authorization Request Form” and leave your original I-20 at ALP for a
travel endorsement AT LEAST ONE WEEK before you leave. Please plan ahead. If you have dependents in the U.S., and they will travel without you, they will need separate travel documents. In general, when you travel outside the U.S., you will need: a) your I-20 authorized for travel by an International Student Advisor, b) a valid passport, and c) a valid F-1 visa. If you are traveling to Canada, Mexico, or the Caribbean, please read our handout on travel to “Canada, Mexico and the Caribbean.” If you are traveling to a country other than your own, be sure to check with a consulate, or embassy of that country, to see if you need a visa to enter.
Employment authorization is possible for F-1 students. F-2 dependents can NEVER work. If you have questions about work
authorization, please see an International Student Advisor BEFORE beginning any type of employment. Unauthorized employment is a serious violation of your immigration status.
On-Campus: As an F-1 student, you are eligible to work on campus no more than 20 hours per week while you are enrolled full-time, or 40 hours a week during your authorized vacation term and breaks between terms. You are not allowed to work on-campus after you complete your degree program.
You have a 60-day grace period following the successful completion of the course of study. The 60-day grace period is to be used for the following purposes:
If your dependents (spouse and/or children) will be arriving in the U.S. separately from you, you will need to request I-20s for them. You must also demonstrate additional sources of financial support for them. Your dependents will use the I-20(s) and financial documentation to apply for F-2 visa(s) at the U.S. Consulate or Embassy. An F-2 spouse, or child, may not engage in full-time study (except elementary and secondary education). An F-2 dependent must apply, and be approved for a change of status, to F-1, M-1 or J-1, in order to pursue a full course of study at the post-secondary level.
For more information about immigration policies at ALP, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org