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Clarifications on Travel to the U.S.

On Friday, July 24, 2020, United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) issued clarifying guidelines on travel into the United States that impact continuing and new international students.  


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September 30, 2020

On September 25, 2020 the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) proposed a rule to eliminate Duration of Status (D/S) for F-1 students and their F-2 dependents. The proposed rule would eliminate D/S, and individuals entering the U.S. in F-1 status would be admitted for a specified length of time with the option to apply for an extension. 

Please note that NOTHING has changed yet.  This is a proposed rule.  The public has 30 days to comment on this proposal.  DHS will then consider the comments and publish a final rule with an effective date.

We are in the process  of analyzing this proposed rule change and are working with our colleagues at other colleges as well as professional associations to advocate on behalf of our international students.  We will promptly update you as soon as we receive additional information. 

Please feel free to contact us at if you have any questions or concerns.  As always we are here to help. 

IEC Services

Contact the International Education Center for assistance with:

  • Immigration and F-1 visa issues
  • Travel Signatures
  • Health Insurance questions
  • Department of Motor Vehicles support
  • Housing
  • Verification Letters
  • Package Program support
  • Social Security questions

IEC Counseling

Contact International Counseling for the following:

  • Academic and Transfer Counseling
  • Educational Planning
  • Transcript Evaluations
  • Course Waivers and Substitutions
  • Personal Counseling and Referrals
  • Transfer Application Assistance


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Additional Information

Click below for addtional information for New Students, Continuing Students, or for information on Special Programs

New Students

SMC offers many programs, like the Intensive English Program and 18​0 degrees and certificates.

Join our community of more than 3,400 international students from 100 countries.​

New Students Information

Current Students

The International Education Center supports students with many services, like orientation, academic advising, activities, immigration assistance and more.

Current Students Information

Special Programs

Go Global with SMC! Travel in a study abroad program and engage in our nationally-recognized Global Citizenship program with various campus events and activities.

Special Programs



Helpful Information


Application Deadlines

Winter 2021
Out of country: October 15
In country: November 15

​​Spring 2021
Out of country: November 15
In Country: January 5, 2021

Summer 2021
Out of country: April 15
In Country: May 5, 2021

Fall 2021
Out of country: July 1
In country: July 15​

Hours SSC


International Education Center Office Hours​
Mon-Thurs: 8 a.m.- 4 p.m.
Friday: 8 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

International Counseling 
Mon - Thurs: 9 a.m.- 5 p.m.
Friday: 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.

​Closures: September 7, 2020