​​​​​​​​​​​​Guidelines

  • All forms listed below are also available at the International Education Center.

  • Forms can be turned in at the IEC with a valid form of Identification. Forms that require a signature must have a handwritten signature. No electronic signatures are accepted.

  • Processing times can not be expedited. All forms and paperwork are processed in the order in which they are received, so turn in your paperwork and requests early!

  • Note: During peak times, processing may take additional time due to the high volume processed.

Forms for F-1 International Students

PDf file  Check-In Form

New students: Complete this form before checking in at the International Education Center upon arrival in the U.S.

All fields on the form are mandatory. Bring completed form to your check-in date with your I-20, passport and visa to check in faster.

Emergency Ten Day Refund Request Form

Current students who had to withdraw from SMC and depart the U.S. after fees were paid.

Must submit with copy of airplane ticket as proof of departure.​

Health Insurance Refund Request Form

Current students who had to withdraw from SMC after health insurance fees were paid.

Must submit with required document (listed on form).​

PDf file I-20 Extension Request

Current students whose I-20 will soon expire, but wish to continue studying at Santa Monica College.

Must submit form no less than 30 days before the end date on your I-20. Follow all instructions as indicated at the top of the form.

PDf file I-20 Signature/ Replaceme​nt Request

Current students who are traveling, need an I-20 replacement, changed major or personal information, or have a child and/or spouse coming to the U.S. on an F-2 visa

Submit I-20 travel signature requests at least 2 weeks before your departure date. May require additional documentation to be submitted - see form for details.

Medical RCL Application

Current students who have a serious, temporary illness or injury and a recommendation from a medical doctor, doctor of osteopathy, or licensed clinical psychologist to be below full-time enrollment status for the upcoming or current term.

Medical reduced course loads are very restricted. Please read the instructions and guidelines very carefully before submitting a Medical RCL Application. 

PDf file OPT Employment and Address Report

Current students on Post-Completion OPT who need to update their employment information and/or U.S. home address or terminate their OPT period

Submit to the IEC in person, by fax, email, or mail. F-1 rules state that employment and address information must be up-to-date at all times. Unreported employment is counted as unemployment days by Homeland Security. Exceeding 90 days of unemployment is a status violation

PDf file Reinstatement Assistance Request

Current students who are out of status and had their I-20 terminated who wish to return to F-1 status and continue at SMC.

Reinstatement requests will be reviewed by the Reinstatement Committee (allow two weeks for review). You will be notified via your SMC email.

SACM On-line/Hybrid Course Verification Form

Current students who are sponsored by SACM who need a letter to verify number of online units completed at SMC

Form must be completed and submitted with the SMC Verificaton Letter Request form. There's a $3 fee for each letter/copy requested. Pay fee at the Bursar's Office after receiving payment form from IEC.

Status Violation Acknowledgement

Current students who want to drop below 12 units without permission.

Explain reason for dropping below 12 units and include the section number for the class you would like to be dropped.

PDf file Transfer Out Request

Current students who are transferring to a new school.

Must turn in completed form with an official admissions letter from the new school.

PDF file Verification Letter Request

Current students who need a letter to verify their status, fees, units, or other requested verifications

Form must be completed and signed. There's a $3 fee for each letter/copy requested. Pay fee at the Bursar's Office after receiving payment form from IEC.

Withdrawal Form

Current Students who will no longer study as an F-1 student in the U.S. Reasons include terminating or completing studies to depart the U.S. or approval for a change of status 

Complete and submit to the IEC (email or fax acceptable). Submitting this document means your I-20 will be terminated or completed