International Student Forms and Resources

This is a listing of resources and forms for current international students attending Sierra College.

Change of Information - This form is used to change your personal information such as address, phone number, and name.  Submit this form to a DSO in Admissions and Records Office to be updated at Sierra College and in SEVIS.

Major Change: Please meet with a counselor when deciding to change your major.  Have your counselor send a new Student Education Plan with your updated major to your DSO from for your major to be changed with Sierra College and on your I-20 with SEVIS.

Request For I-20 Travel Signature: If you are planning on traveling outside the United States during breaks you will need your I-20 signed by a DSO to return.  Please submit your I-20 with the Request for  I-20 Travel Signature Form to a DSO in Admissions and Records.  If you do not have a copy of your current Visa, Passport and I-94 on file you will need to provide copies of those documents.  Please submit documents and completed form at least two weeks prior to travel to insure enough processing time of your I-20.

Final Semester Decision Form:   If it is your final semester with Sierra College you will need to submit a Final Semester Decision Form to a DSO in Admissions and Records. You will need to let the DSO know if you are planning on transferring, returning home, currently approved for change of status, or applying for OPT.  This will let the DSO know how to end your I-20.

SEVIS Transfer Form:  If you are transferring to another institution you will also need to fill out the SEVIS Transfer Information Form which is the second half of the Final Semester Decision Form.  This gives the DSO information about where you are planning to transfer and when your I-20 should be released to the transferring institution.  You must submit an acceptance letter from the transferring institution and sometimes the transferring institution requires the DSO to complete a Transfer Clearance Form from their institution.

Letters: You may need a letter from the DSO for the various below reasons.  Please request this letter from a DSO in Admissions and Records:

  1. On Campus Employment
  2. Bank Letter
  3. Cell Phone Letter
  4. Concurrent Enrollment
  5. DMV Driver’s License Letter
  6. Enrollment Verification
  7. Invoice Letter
  8. Vehicle Purchase Letter
  9. Apartment

Paying For Mandatory Health Insurance:   Purchase of the health insurance provided through USI Student Insurance is mandatory each semester.  Refer to the Health Insurance Purchase Instructions Document to pay for your mandatory health insurance online each semester prior to registration.

Optional Practical Training (OPT): If you are interested in a one-year authorization to work after you complete your program with Sierra College, you may apply to USCIS for OPT.  This allows you the opportunity to gain work experience in your program field.  Please see the checklist of documents you will need to collect when meeting with a DSO.  Please contact a DSO in Admissions and Records to discuss this process.

Curricular Practical Training (CPT): If you are interested in an internship opportunity and have an internship class built within the catalog requirements for your major you may be eligible for an internship through CPT. (Examples of Internship Classes include but are not limited to: Business 95 and CIS 95).  Please contact a DSO in Admission and Records to discuss your eligibility for this process.

Economic Hardship: If you have lost your sponsor or are having financial issues back in your home country you may be eligible to apply for Economic Hardship.  If approved through USCIS you would be able to work off campus for a defined time period of time.  Please contact a DSO in Admissions and Records to discuss this process.

Driver’s License Instructions: If you are looking to get a driver’s license please refer to the How To Apply For A California Driver License Document.  It will help you navigate the process through DMV.  If this is your first semester you will not be able to get a driver’s license until approximately two weeks after the semester starts.

Reduced Course Load: Sometimes you may need to take less that the required 12 units in a semester.  There are many reasons that would permit a student to not be registered in 12 units.  These include academic, medical, and final semester reasons.  Please contact a DSO in Admissions and Records as well as your counselor to discuss this possibility.

Yearly Tax Forms: As an international student, you are required to file income taxes or file a form stating you did not earn enough to file income taxes while studying in the United States.  Please refer to the Yearly Tax Form Document for more information.

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Article ID: 82924
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Thu 7/11/19 12:30 PM
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Wed 7/17/19 11:45 AM