Center for International Affairs, Immigration & Study Abroad

Announcements/Upcoming Events

Effective March 17, 2020, The Center for International Affairs, Immigration & Study Abroad will be providing services to students via e-mail, telephone and other online modalities. If you have questions or need assistance, please email us at


NOTE: Due to the challenges posed by COVID-19, our office is not accepting change of status applications at this time. 

From June 22 to August 7, 2020, our office will be operating under summer hours, which are as follows:

Monday - Thursday 8 AM - 5:30 PM*

*In observance of the Independence Day holiday, hours during the week of June 29, 2020 will be Monday - Thursday 9 AM -5 PM.

Beginning August 10, 2020 we will return to normal business hours (Monday - Friday 9 AM - 5 PM).


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 2020 I-20 application window for overseas students who require an F-1 visa is open and closes July 1, 2020. 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. 


International Travel

Students who plan to depart the United States and do not have a travel signature on their I-20 or have a travel signature dated before August 26, 2019 will need to obtain a new endorsement before returning. To do so, please contact 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. 


Spring 2020 Credit/No Credit Policy 

In response to the disruption caused by COVID-19, CUNY has developed and implemented a policy permitting students to change any or all of their Spring 2020 grades from a letter to credit/no credit (CR/NC). Students have up to twenty business days from the date of the course's grade submission to decide whether to take advantage of this policy.

While the CR/NC does not affect a student's GPA and overrides grade requirement policies in a CUNY program/school, it may not be accepted by non-CUNY entities (e.g., licensing bodies, financial aid, etc.) Therefore, the decision to convert a grade to CR/NC should be made with care and due consideration. For more information regarding this policy, students may consult the CR/NC frequently asked questions.   


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


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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