- On-line Orientation
- SEVIS Check-In
- Transfer-In Students
- B-1/2 and F-2
- Frequently Asked Questions
- Reservation Form
- New Student Checklist
- International Student Pre-Arrival Handbook
Congratulations on your admission to CSULA and welcome you to our family of international students and scholars.
The International Student Orientation is designed to provide important information that is necessary to maintain your international student status in the U.S. It will also provide you with important resources at the campus available to you that will ease your transition to the U.S. college culture.
It consists of workshops presented by various CSULA departments, providing information about the Student Health Center, assistance in navigating GET, information on the Proficiency Writing Exam, safety, etc.
This orientation program is co-sponsored with two CSULA student organizations: Students Going Global and International Students Association. Their missions are to bring the various cultures at CSULA together.
Spring 2013 Orientation
Attendance at the in-person orientation is mandatory for all new students, including transfer-in students from another U.S. institution. The orientation fee is a non-refundable $60.00.
The orientation program is scheduled for :
Thursday, March 28, 2013 , 9:00 am - 3:30 pm
Golden Eagle Ballroom (3rd floor)
The International Student On-line Orientation is to provide an earlier registration date for transfer international students who are unable to attend the University Orientation. Transfer students (both domestic and international) who attend the University Orientation are provided the opportunity to have an earlier enrollment date. Due to a variety of constraints, many international students are unable to attend the University Orientation that is typically scheduled several months prior to the start of school. This On-line Orientation allows international students to have the same access as those students who attend the University Orientation.
Completion of the On-line Orientation or attendance at the University Orientation does not excuse attendance at the in-person International Student Orientation held at the beginning of each term.Click here to download the On-line Orientation Document.
After you arrive in Los Angeles, it is mandatory that you check in at the International Office with your original immigration documents (I-20/DS-2019, passport, visa stamp and I-94 card). Failure to report in will result in the termination of your SEVIS record and international student status. The International Office is required to report to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (via SEVIS) when a student reports to the school. If the student fails to check-in, the SEVIS record automatically terminates. You will then be required to apply for reinstatement to stay in the U.S. and continue your studies.
To assist with your check in, please complete the following forms prior to checking in at the International Office:
✔ Personal Data FormThese forms are available for download from www.calstatela.edu/international.
✔ F-1/J-1 Student Contract
Transfer students are those who come from another U.S. community college or university. Attendance at the International Student Orientation is required.
If you attended the University Orientation, you are still required to attend the International Student Orientation as we cover issues related to immigration regulations and visa status.
Please view the International Student On-line Orientation information for early enrollment date opportunity.
When to Apply
If you are in one nonimmigrant classification and wish to change to another classification (i.e. F-2 to F-1), you must apply to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services for a change of status prior to expiration of your current status.
As a B-1/2 or F-2 visa holder, you are not permitted to begin studies until you receive the approval notice from U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. You will apply like a regular international student. Upon confirmation of your eligibility to be admitted to the University, you will be notified to contact the International Office for information about the change of status. You will work with the Immigration Counselor to discuss your options for changing your status to F-1 or J-1 international student.
Your admission to CSULA will be deferred to the next available term upon approval of your change of status petition.
Change of Status
An individual may change status by:
- Exiting the US and applying for a new visa and making a new entry; or
- Applying to change status within the U.S.
Applicants for change of nonimmigrant status are encouraged to meet with the Immigration Counselor to review the application procedure and check documents prior to submitting the application for change of status.
- Obtain evidence of your eligibility for the new status (SEVIS I-20/DS-2019);
- Complete form I-539 (form I-539 can be downloaded at http://www.uscis.gov/files/form/i-539.pdf; Instructions are at http://www.uscis.gov/files/form/i-539instr.pdf;
- Financial verification (e.g. bank statement, assistantship offer letter, etc.);
- Letter requesting change of status and explaining why the change is needed. Include the reason you did not enter the U.S. in desired status from the start, if applicable;
- Copy of valid passport with visa;
- I-94 form (front and back), be sure to photocopy this card to keep with your records.
- $290 check or money order (payable to U.S. Department of Homeland Security);
- If on dependent visa, provide a copy of principal's documents (e.g. passport, visa, I-94 and I-20/DS-2019);
- Copy of marriage certificate, if applicable;
- I-94s of any dependents who will be changing status with you; and
- Copy of SEVIS fee receipt (see SEVIS 901 Fee) www.ice.gov/sevis/i901/index.htm.
Check Status of Application
USCIS maintains a website where you can check the status of your application. Please visit Case Status Search Page to check the status of your application.
Electronic Immigration System (ELIS)
USCIS has launched a new online submission system called Electronic Immigration System (ELIS). It allows individuals to create an account and submit the Form I-539 (used for reinstatement and change of status) online. You will attach the necessary supporting documents onto the system and submit all the paperwork, including payment, online.
ELIS will also allow you to follow the status of your petition more closely compared to the current system.
Notification of Change of Status Approval
If you change your status while at CSULA (i.e. from F-1 to H-1B or permanent resident), you must notify the International Office with appropriate documentation (e.g. approval notice, stamped I-20/DS-2019). The International Office will provide the Admissions Office with a copy of said documents so that your student record will reflect your correct visa status.
- When can I register for classes?
- You can see your assigned enrollment date in your GET account.
- Prior to enrolling, you must pay tuition fees, show proof of having purchased a valid health insurance policy, and have spoken to your academic adviser regarding your classes.
- Who can help me pick courses?
- Undergraduate students: University Academic Advisement Center at Library South Palmer Wing, #1040A; 323-343-3150; http://www.calstatela.edu/univ/advise/
- Graduate students: contact your department academic advisers.
- How do I register for classes?
- You will enroll in classes on-line via Golden Eagle Territory (GET) at: https://get.calstatela.edu/
- Log-in with your Campus Identification Number (CIN) and Password Identification Number (PIN).
- If you attempt to log onto GET from overseas, you must have an English version Windows to access the system.
- Do I need to purchase medical health insurance first?
- Yes. And you must show proof of such purchase to the International Office. You can view how to purchase the plan at: www.calstatela.edu/international.
- How can I apply for on-campus housing?
- You should apply as soon as possible as space is limited. Application is available at University Housing Services, http://www.calstatela.edu/univ/housing/
- When I can I move into the housing?
- You can move into housing the Saturday before the start of school (September 17, 2011).
- How can I find housing off-campus?
- The International Office has provided some general tips on how and where to search for off-campus housing. You can view the information at www.calstatela.edu/international.
- What should I do if I donít have housing when I arrive?
- You should arrange for temporary housing prior to your arrival in the U.S. The International Office Housing Resources provides information for temporary accommodations near the campus.
- When does the orientation start?
- The orientation program is from September 14-15.
- Do I have to attend the orientation?
- Yes, orientation is mandatory for all new international students (freshmen, transfer & graduate students).
- Do I need to take the writing/math placement exams?
- Freshmen are required to take the English and Math placement exams prior to enrolling. Upon arrival to the United States, these students must contact the University Testing Center to schedule the English and Math placement exams.
- What should I do if I cannot arrive before the orientation date?
- Contact the International Office as soon as you know of the delay. You will have difficulty in enrolling courses if you fail to attend orientation.
- How can I get to CSULA? There are three major airports near CSULA:
- Los Angeles International Airport: http://www.lawa.org/welcomelax.aspx
- LA/Ontario International Airport::http://www.lawa.org/welcomeont.aspx
- Bob Hope Airport, Burbank: :http://www.burbankairport.com/
- What documents are required for entering the U.S.?
- Required Documents:
- CSULA I-20
- Valid F-1 or J-1 visa stamp
- Passport valid at least for 6 months into the future
- Recommended Documents:
- Admission letter
- Affidavit of support
- I need a ride from the airport, what should I do?
- When do I get a CSULA I-20?
- The SEVIS record can be accessed by one institution at a time. CSULA cannot issue a I-20 until your current school has released the record to CSULA. The new I-20 will be issued within two weeks after the SEVIS record release date.
- Do I need to renew my visa to attend CSULA?
- No. With a proper transfer with the same SEVIS ID, the visa issued for your previous institution can still be used. It will need to be renewed only if it expires and you plan to travel abroad.
- When should I pay the tuition?
- Tuition fees must be paid at least three working days prior to enrolling. Your enrollment date is posted in your GET account.
- How do I pay the tuition?
- For payment options, visit the Student Financial Services at http://www.calstatela.edu/univ/sfinserv/cashiers.php.
- How should I bring money from home for tuition and living?
- You can pay tuition fees and on-campus housing with a credit card (Mastercard only).
- For off-campus housing, you should bring at least US$3000 in travelerís checks. Most landlords require extra month of deposit plus first month rent to move in. You may also be require to pay deposits to open utility accounts (gas, electric, phone, etc.).
- For other expenses, you should bring at least US$2000 in travelerís checks.
- How can I open a bank account?
- Most banks only require valid photo identification, usually passport.
- Some banks may request to see the I-20.
- Opening a student account typically requires less documentation and little or no monthly fees.