COVID-19 Updates for F-1 Students

SRJC will continue operating remotely in Fall 2021 with an increase of in-person classes. Please see international student FAQs about the coronavirus. The International Student Program is offering Online Advising Services

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Fall 2021 Advising

The International Student Advisor is available and eager to assist students in Fall 2021, either virtually, or in-person (by appointment only). To be connected with the International Student Advisor, please select any of the following options:

Ask a Question

If you have a simple question, you can submit it using our online form and you will receive a response by email within 1 business day. Please include your full name and SRJC ID number. 

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Meet in-person

When: Wednesdays 9am-12pm, Thursdays 1-4pm

Sign up for a 30-minute in-person appointment with the International Student Advisor on the Santa Rosa campus during the Fall 2021 semester (Aug. 16 - Dec. 17). ISP is located in Plover Hall. Please check-in at the Admissions & Records front counter. No same-day appointments. 

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meet online

When: Mondays-Fridays, 12-1pm

Join our ISP Drop-In Hour weekdays on Zoom during the lunch hour. Please join the Waiting Room until it's your turn to speak privately with the International Student Advisor. If the meeting should take more than 15 minutes (e.g. OPT application review), please sign up for an appointment. 

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Advising Versus Counseling

As an SRJC student, you have access to many Student Services and qualified staff who are eager to assist you! The Counseling Department for example can help students with questions about SRJC's academic programs and requirements. The International Student Program on the other hand can answer questions about admissions and visas, and support international students with all other aspects of adjusting to life at SRJC. For some questions, you may be referred to another department for assistance; i.e. the International Student Advisor cannot assist you with academic planning, and your Counselor cannot answer questions about your nonimmigrant visa status. All of our staff are friendly and always happy to help connect you to the right place!

So, when should you meet with a Counselor, and when should you meet with the International Student Advisor? See below.
 

ISP Advising

Meet with the International Student Advisor if you need help with any of the following :

  • Admission to SRJC
  • Attaining/maintaining F-1 status
  • Employment authorization
  • Enrollment verification
  • Health insurance 
  • Nonresident taxes
  • Change/adjustment of status and/or residency reclassification
  • Navigating life in the U.S. (housing, banking, driving, etc.)

Already know what you need? Submit the required electronic request form online! You can also email Becky Petrow directly for assistance. 

Counseling

Meet with your Counselor if you need help with any of the following:

  • Choosing a program of study 
  • Creating an Education Plan
  • Understanding your priority status
  • Using the SRJC Scheduler
  • Registering for classes
  • Changing your major
  • Academic probation/disqualification
  • Transfer planning/questions

Call or make an appointment now! Have your SRJC ID number ready, and be sure to identify yourself as an international student. You can also email Chris Grant or Amanda Mansfield directly for assistance. 

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ISP Staff (left to right): Michelle Booher-Poggi, Amanda Mansfield, Tina Lowe, Chris Grant, Teresa Tope, Becky Petrow