Center for International Affairs, Immigration & Study Abroad
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
NOTE: Due to the challenges posed by COVID-19, our office is not accepting change of status applications at this time.
Business hours: Monday - Friday 9 AM - 5 PM
Incoming freshmen and transfer students may submit their I-20 applications to email@example.com for review. Please monitor our website and/or your email for any updates. The Spring 2021 I-20 application window for overseas students who require an F-1 visa closes December 1, 2020. 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).
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 earlier this year suspending the entry of foreign nationals if they had been in certain countries in the two weeks prior to their date of requested admission.
On July 22, 2020, the Department of State issued a notice granting automatic exemptions for F-1 students and other visa classes under the above proclamations' national interest provison. Note that this exemption applies to the United Kingdom, Ireland, and Schengen area countries only.
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
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 Goals1. 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
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:
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