Current International Students
Mandatory Student Insurance
All F-1 International Students must purchase insurance before being able to register each semester. You may purchase the Insurance for Students policy made for TCC by coming in to International Services office or online at the Insurance for Students website.
Maintaining Your F-1 Visa Status
- Students must have a valid (unexpired) passport.
- Only attend the school that you are authorized to attend based on your I-20.
- Maintain a full semester load with a minimum of 12 semester credit hours in the fall and spring semesters.
- Dropping, withdrawing, or auditing a class is not permitted if it puts you below 12 credit hours.
- Students can only enroll in one online course each semester.
- Be aware of your program completion date on your I-20. An extension to your I-20 will be permitted once only if you are progressing satisfactorily towards your degree.
- Students are limited to 20 hours per week of on-campus employment when school is in session
- AVOID UNAUTHORIZED EMPLOYMENT. The Department of Homeland Security restricts international students from working off campus.
- Notify the IS office if you intend to transfer to another school.
- Students must report a change of address, name, or phone number to ISS and on TCC Passport within 10 days of the change.
- Within 60 days of completing the course of study, you must transfer to another school or leave the United States.
- Students must not leave the United States, even for a short time, without making sure that all travel documents are valid and in their possession, and that the International Student Advisor signs their I-20.
- Please be advised that failure to comply with USCIS regulations will result in loss of F-1 status and will require reinstatement by USCIS.
Working On Campus
After the first semester of study, international students at TCC are allowed to work on Campus. F-1 regulations only allow students to work a maximum of 20 hours each week. For more information about working, please come to the International Services Office to speak with an adviser.
Once you have obtained a job on campus, you will need to apply for and receive a Social Security Card before you can begin working. To start this process, once you are hired, please print out the document below and have the person who will be supervising you fill out the first page then bring it to the International Services Office.
Request for Social Security Card
Applying For Post-Completion OPT
Post-Completion OPT, or Optional Practical Training, allows recent graduates from TCC to become authorized to work in the United States in a position related to their field of study without having to attend school. It is used to enhance the skills you learned during your time at TCC and could give you up to 12 months of employment. For further information and details, please download the OPT Guide below.
Included in the OPT Guide is a request for an OPT I-20. If you are about to graduate from TCC and would like to apply for OPT, please print of the OPT Guide, fill out the request form, and bring it to the International Services Office.
Also available below is the I-765 form, which must also be completed as part of your OPT petition. It is highly recommended to fill out the I-765 form using a computer to ensure that all information you provide is legible.
OPT Guide and Request FormI-765 Form