Center for International Affairs, Immigration & Study Abroad

Student Visa Information (F-1 Visa)


To obtain the F-1 visa, a student must prove that s/he has been accepted into a program of study at a college or university as a matriculated student, and that s/he has the financial resources to live and pay expenses without recourse to employment. The individual must prove to the U.S. consular official that s/he wishes to enter the U.S. temporarily and solely to study, and that s/he has a permanent residence in a foreign country which he/she has no intention of abandoning.

Prospective students can apply to QCC online by clicking here

Students applying for an F-1 visa must provide their TOEFL exam results with their application. For more information about the TOEFL exam go, click here.

Once you have submitted your CUNY application and all the required documents to the CUNY application center, [Office of Admission Services, P.O. Box C 639, Bay Station, Brooklyn, NY 11235] you must wait for your acceptance letter from QCC.

  • Application for F-1 visa and/or F-1 status

Upon matriculated acceptance to Queensborough Community College, the student will receive a letter confirming admission (keep this letter safe and accessible for your visa application, for it is required proof). The next step is to contact the office of Center for International Affairs, Immigration, and Study Abroad of QCC at (718) 631-6611 in Library Room 431, to begin the process of obtaining your I-20.

Permission to study in the United States is granted by the US Department of State and/or the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. This permission comes in the form of an F-1 visa or F-1 status. In order to obtain a visa or F-1 status you must have a signed I-20 from an accredited US teaching institution like QCC.

  • Proving Financial Ability

Once you have been accepted you must then prove that you can pay for your program expenses (e.g., tuition, room and board, etc.). 

There are two ways you can prove financial ability.

  1. Either you yourself have enough funds to maintain yourself for the duration of your program at QCC. We estimate about 3 years to complete your degree at QCC.

  2. A sponsor agrees to pay all your expenses by submitting an affidavit of support.

All additional financial information must be converted to US dollars, see currency conversion charts at

  • Tuition & Fees

International Students are considered out-of-state residents by CUNY and pay fees as they pertain to that category of student.

For more detail information about QCC's Tuition and Fees click here

  • QCC Academic Calendar

Please note important dates on the QCC Academic Calendar: you must be on campus ideally one month (minimally two weeks) before classes begin. The Center for International Affairs, Immigration, and Study Abroad new student orientation is generally held one week before classes begin, In addition, you must take placement exams, file immunization records, get advised, register, and pay tuition before classes begin.

Upon arrival in the US you must report to the Center for International Affairs, Immigration, and Study Abroad office at QCC (Library Room 431). You must submit your immunization records to the Health Services Office for medical clearance. For more information on immunization requirements click here

You must also take placement tests when you arrive to evaluate your academic levels in reading, writing and mathematics. Your advisor uses these results to advise you on the correct classes for which to register.

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