September 30, 2020
On September 25, 2020 the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) proposed a rule to eliminate Duration of Status (D/S) for F-1 students and their F-2 dependents. The proposed rule would eliminate D/S, and individuals entering the U.S. in F-1 status would be admitted for a specified length of time with the option to apply for an extension.
Please note that NOTHING has changed yet. This is a proposed rule. The public has 30 days to comment on this proposal. DHS will then consider the comments and publish a final rule with an effective date.
We are in the process of analyzing this proposed rule change and are working with our colleagues at other colleges as well as professional associations to advocate on behalf of our international students. We will promptly update you as soon as we receive additional information.
Please feel free to contact us at email@example.com if you have any questions or concerns. As always we are here to help.
Contact the International Education Center for assistance with:
- Immigration and F-1 visa issues
- Travel Signatures
- Health Insurance questions
- Department of Motor Vehicles support
- Verification Letters
- Package Program support
- Social Security questions
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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SMC offers many programs, like the Intensive English Program and 180 degrees and certificates.
Join our community of more than 3,400 international students from 100 countries.
The International Education Center supports students with many services, like orientation, academic advising, activities, immigration assistance and more.
Out of country: October 15
In country: November 15
Out of country: November 15
In Country: January 5, 2021
Out of country: April 15
In Country: May 5, 2021
Out of country: July 1
In country: July 15
International Education Center Office Hours
Mon-Thurs: 8 a.m.- 4 p.m.
Friday: 8 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Mon - Thurs: 9 a.m.- 5 p.m.
Friday: 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Closures: September 7, 2020