Center for International Affairs, Immigration & Study Abroad

The office is providing services to students via e-mail, telephone, and online zoom appointments, with limited in-person services available. We recommend that you continue to work with us remotely - it's convenient and easy!

All visitors to campus are required to show proof of vaccination or a negative Covid test no more than seven days prior to coming to campus. Masks are required for in-person services.


In light of improvements in public health since the rollout of the COVID vaccines, Queensborough is offering some in-person/hybrid course sections for the Fall 2021 semester. Overseas students can apply for an I-20 after registering for a full-time courseload that includes classes requiring physical attendance on campus. 

If you have questions or need assistance, please email us at during business hours (Monday - Friday 9 AM - 5 PM).


Updated Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) Policy Guidance

In response to the disruption caused by COVID-19, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) has made temporary policy accommodations to help students cope with the academic and logisitcal challenges presented by the pandemic (e.g., maintaining status through fully online study, use of electronic I-20s, etc.). For more information regarding these temporary changes, please consult their COVID-19 webpage and frequently asked questions. Additional information about the federal government's efforts to address COVID-19 can also be found here and here. Students are also encoruaged to remain updated on CUNY's COVID guidance


I-20 Applications

Incoming freshmen and transfer students may submit their I-20 applications to for review. Please monitor our website and/or your email for any updates. The Fall 2021 I-20 application window for overseas students who require an F-1 visa closes July 1, 2021. All documents must be submitted by the student in one file in order for the application to be reviewed. Late/incomplete applications cannot be accepted. ​



For continuing students to schedule a distance appointment via Microsoft Teams, please reserve a timeslot through your Starfish account. Five to ten minutes prior to your session start time, you will receive an email containing the link that provides access to the meeting. For assistance with Teams or Starfish, you may contact our Helpdesk (718-631-6348).  


International Travel

Students who have a continued attendance I-20 and plan to depart the U.S. must obtain a DSO travel signature on their I-20 if they do not have a signature that is dated within twelve months of their intended date of return. For details on how to obtain a travel signature, please email us at

We strongly encourage students to closely monitor the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) travel recommendations as the United States government relies on the CDC's recommendations when determining whom to admit into the country. 

In response to the emergence of COVID-19 on the world stage, the President of the United States issued a series of proclamations suspending the entry of foreign nationals if they had been in certain countries in the two weeks prior to their date of requested admission.

As of January 25, 2021, the CDC mandates all air travelers to the United States to submit to the airline proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken no more than three days prior to their scheduled flight. Alternatively, travelers can submit proof of their recovery from COVID-19. 


 Optional Practical Training (OPT) Application Updates 

In response to delays in application processing caused by COVID-19, United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has announced flexibilities for students who apply for OPT between October 1, 2020 and May 1, 2021. Specifically, a student's 14-month timeframe in which to use OPT will begin after USCIS approval and not after the student's program end date. Also, USCIS will issue a Request for Evidence for applications with missing or insufficient signatures rather than rejecting them outright. 


Frauds and Scams

SEVP has been advised about an uptick in scams involving imposters imitating ICE officials or making it appear that the call is coming from SEVP. These imposters are using government contact information to extort money from stakeholders, including international students. ICE recently put out a public safety alert on its website to alert and remind stakeholders about how to avoid immigration-related scams. Individuals who encounter such fraud are strongly encouraged to report it to the Federal Trade Commission.

Our Mission and Goals

Mission Statement

The Center focuses on the academic, social and professional development of F1 visa students, Dream scholars, and Global Citizenship Alliance study abroad participants.  The Center assists students in achieving their academic goals while maintaining their legal status during their course of study at Queensborough Community College.  The Center provides F1 visa students with professional development workshops and opportunities for intercultural exchange in classrooms and communities throughout the year.  The Center assists DREAM scholar recipients in achieving their academic goals and engages them in professional development and community building activities.  The Center promotes CUNY study abroad programs and scholarship opportunities, and provides study abroad program advisement and application assistance.  We promote and administer the Global Citizenship Alliance (GCA) study abroad and leadership program. We also develop the comprehensive pre-departure training course for the GCA program.  The Center also organizes immigration events for the campus and local community.               


Department Goals

1. Improve student readiness for academic excellence and rigor of the college experience
2. Support curricular innovation and strive for better alignment with baccalaureate programs and the demands of a dynamic workforce
3. Leverage best practices and technological solutions to provide personalized advisement and comprehensive support (academic, personal, financial) for degree completion


Admissions and U.S. Entry Information

To become an F-1 student, one must first apply to CUNY. After an applicant is accepted, s/he must obtain an I-20 before applying for an F-1 visa.

Under the direction of Ms. Lampeto Efthymiou, DSO/Manager of International Student Life, the Queensborough Community College (QCC) Center for International Affairs, Immigration & Study Abroad is a multi-service office for the purposes of providing the following:

CUNY's International Student Guide

Center for Immigration

Study Abroad

The Center for International Affairs, Immigration & Study Abroad is located in The Library Building, Room 431, and can be reached by:

Telephone: (718) 631-6611
FAX: (718) 281-5140
Library Bldg. Room 431

Queensborough Community College
222-05 56 Avenue, Bayside, Queens 11364

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