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
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 the completed form to your check-in date with your I-20, passport, and visa.
Current students who had to withdraw from SMC and depart the U.S. after fees were paid.
Must submit with a copy of airplane ticket as proof of departure.
Current students who had to withdraw from SMC after health insurance fees were paid.
Must submit with required document (listed on the form).
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 with all required documents listed on the form.
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.
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.
Current students who want to know how to apply for OPT
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 or by email. F-1 rules state that employment and address information must be up-to-date at all times. Unreported employment is counted as unemployment. Exceeding 90 days of unemployment is a status violation.
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.
Current students who are sponsored by SACM who need a letter to verify the number of online units completed at SMC
The form must be completed and submitted with the SMC Verification 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.
Current students who want to drop below 12 units
Explain the reason for dropping below 12 units and include the section number for the class you would like to be dropped.
Current students who are transferring to a new school.
Must turn in the completed form with an official admissions letter from the new school.
Current students who need a letter to verify their status, fees, units, or other requested verifications
The form must be completed and signed. There's a $3 fee for each letter/copy requested. Pay fee at the Cashier's Office after receiving payment form from IEC.
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 in person or by email. Submitting this document means your I-20 will be terminated or completed.