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Clarifications on Travel to the U.S.

On Friday, July 24, 2020, United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) issued clarifying guidelines on travel into the United States that impact continuing and new international students.  

 

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November 20, 2020

Due to an increase in COVID cases in the U.S. and abroad, it is possible that new travel restrictions for F-1 visa students seeking to re-enter the U.S. may be enacted. 

We strongly advise you not to travel outside the United States if you can avoid it.

If you must travel, please be sure to check with your country’s U.S. embassy to find out if there are travel restrictions that apply to F-1 visa students traveling from your country back to the U.S. You may also inquire with the airlines to find out if there are any restrictions or requirements to re-enter the U.S.

If you must travel, be sure to request an updated travel signature for your I-20. Submit the travel signature request form to intled@smc.edu from your SMC email account at least 2 weeks before your return to the U.S. We will email you an updated I-20 with a travel signature and a travel support letter.

Please note, SMC and IEC are closed on the following days:

Thursday and Friday, November 26-27, 2020

Wednesday,  December 23, 2020 through Sunday, January 3, 2021

Monday, January 18, 2021

Friday, February 12, 2021 - Monday, February 15, 2021

IEC Services

Contact the International Education Center for assistance with:

  • Immigration and F-1 visa issues
  • Travel Signatures
  • Health Insurance questions
  • Department of Motor Vehicles support
  • Housing
  • Verification Letters
  • Package Program support
  • Social Security questions

IEC Counseling

Contact International Counseling for the following:

  • Academic and Transfer Counseling
  • Educational Planning
  • Transcript Evaluations
  • Course Waivers and Substitutions
  • Personal Counseling and Referrals
  • Transfer Application Assistance

 


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Additional Information

Click below for addtional information for New Students, Continuing Students, or for information on Special Programs

New Students

SMC offers many programs, like the Intensive English Program and 18​0 degrees and certificates.

Join our community of more than 3,400 international students from 100 countries.​

New Students Information

Current Students

The International Education Center supports students with many services, like orientation, academic advising, activities, immigration assistance and more.

Current Students Information

Special Programs

Go Global with SMC! Travel in a study abroad program and engage in our nationally-recognized Global Citizenship program with various campus events and activities.

Special Programs

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Helpful Information

Deadliens

Application Deadlines

Winter 2021
Out of country: December 7, 2020
In country:  December 7, 2020

​​Spring 2021
Out of country: January 22, 2021
In Country: January 22, 2021

Summer 2021
Out of country: April 15
In Country: May 5, 2021
 

Fall 2021
Out of country: July 1
In country: July 15​

Hours SSC

Hours

International Education Center Office Hours​
Mon-Thurs: 8 a.m.- 4 p.m.
Friday: 8 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

International Counseling 
Mon - Thurs: 9 a.m.- 5 p.m.
Friday: 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.

​Closures: November 26 and 27 (Thanksgiving Holiday) 

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