The Office of International Students Program provides advice, information and services related to your student visa status in the United States. The role of the international advisor is to assist you in maintaining your legal student status.
International student counselor is available for immigration advising and other academic/career related counseling issues on a walk-in basis or at a scheduled appointment. You can make an appointment by calling the counseling department (661) 395-4421.
Keys To Maintaining Your Legal Status
F-1: Staying in Status
There are basic requirements for maintaining F-1 status in the United States. If you are an international student it is very important to follow the guidelines below to ensure that you remain in good standing with Immigration Services (USCIS):
Employment Regulations For F-1 Visa Students-OPT
OPT or Optional Practical Training is the term used by the Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration Services (BCIS) to refer to a temporary off-campus employment. This program offers students on F-1 visa an opportunity to gain practical work experience while they are in the United States. OPT can be used either before or after completion of course of studies under the following circumstances:
Eligibility Requirements For OPT
Income Tax Information
Don't forget to file your income taxes prior to April 15th.
Work or no work, you must apply!
These websites will help you with questions regarding your tax forms. they will also help you with the filling instructions.
www.irs.gov The Internal Revenue Service
www.taxes.ca.gov Information about California taxes
www.thetaxguy.com Tax info for international students
www.hrblock.com Provides an online assistance in filling your tax returns. There is a fee for this service.
Admission requirements for immigrants is the same as for the United States citizens. Applicants must present their Permanent Resident Alien card prior to registration for the semester. California residency is based on one year from the date of arrival in California.
For further information, regarding enrollment at BC or questions regarding this web site please contact:
Ms. Shohreh Rahman
International Student Counselor