Center for International Affairs, Immigration & Study Abroad

The office is providing services to students via e-mail, telephone, online zoom appointments, as well as in-person.

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.


With the widespread rollout and uptake of COVID vaccines, Queensborough is offering a majority of Fall 2022 classes fully in-person and some classes hybrid or fully online.  Overseas students can apply for an I-20 right after registering for a full-time courseload that includes classes requiring physical attendance on campus. 

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 logistical 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 encouraged to remain updated on CUNY's COVID guidance


I-20 Applications

Incoming freshmen and transfer students may submit their I-20 applications to Queensborough's Single Sign-on portal for review. Please monitor our website and/or your email for any updates. Students can apply for an I-20 as soon as they register for classes. The application window closes on the following dates:

Fall: June 30

Spring: December 1

All necessary documents must be submitted by the student in order for the application to be reviewed. Late/incomplete applications cannot be accepted. ​



Students can schedule an in-person or distance appointment via their Starfish account. Students will receive an email containing the link that provides access to the meeting when the session is scheduled to begin. For assistance with academic software, 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 December 6, 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 one day prior to their scheduled flight. Alternatively, travelers can submit proof of their recovery from COVID-19. 


 Emergency Preparedness Resources for International Students 

While studying in the United States, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security understands that international students could potentially face emergency situations while attending their SEVP-certified school. It’s important that F and M students maintain their nonimmigrant student status, even during a possible emergency event. This means that F and M students should take all the necessary actions to remain in status and communicate with their designated school official (DSO) for emergency plans on their campus. Students should also visit Study in the States’ blog post, “Be Prepared: Emergency Preparedness Resources” for more resources surrounding emergency preparedness, such as’s “Planning for Disasters During COVID” Video Series and’s National Preparedness Month webpage.

COVID-19 continues to impact international students studying in the United States. We advise both students and school officials to visit’s Pandemics webpage to find preparedness resources for the academic community, as well as tips to stay safe during and after the pandemic.

We also encourage readers to contact their DSO with any questions, or in the event of an emergency, call 911 if they are in danger. Students can also call the SEVP Response Center (SRC). The SRC is available to serve as their point of contact and provide emergency contact services during disruptions. You can also follow Study in the States on TwitterFacebook and SEVP on LinkedIn for additional tips and resources on staying safe during emergencies.


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

Immigration Resources

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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