Center for International Affairs, Immigration & Study Abroad


From June 10 through August 9 our office will operate on a summer work schedule (Monday -Thursday 8 AM - 5:30 PM) with the following exceptions:

Week of June 17 - open Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday 9 AM to 5 PM, closed Wenesday

Week of July 1 - open Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday 9 AM to 5 PM, closed Thursday 


I-20 Applications

Incoming freshmen and transfer students may submit their I-20 applications to Queensborough's Single Sign-on portal for review. Please monitor our website and/or your email for any updates. Students can apply for an I-20 as soon as they register for classes. The application window closes on the following dates:

Fall: July 15

Spring: December 8

All necessary documents must be submitted by the student in order for the application to be reviewed. Late/incomplete applications cannot be accepted. ​



Students can schedule an in-person or distance appointment via their Starfish account. Students will receive an email containing the link that provides access to the meeting when the session is scheduled to begin. For assistance with academic software, you may contact our Helpdesk (718-631-6348).  


International Travel

Students who have a continued attendance I-20 and plan to depart the U.S. must obtain a DSO travel signature on their I-20 if they do not have a signature that is dated within twelve months of their intended date of return. For details on how to obtain a travel signature, please email us at

We strongly encourage students to closely monitor the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) travel recommendations as the United States government relies on the CDC's recommendations when determining whom to admit into the country. 


Emergency Preparedness Resources for International Students 

While studying in the United States, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security understands that international students could potentially face emergency situations while attending their SEVP-certified school. It’s important that F and M students maintain their nonimmigrant student status, even during a possible emergency event. This means that F and M students should take all the necessary actions to remain in status and communicate with their designated school official (DSO) for emergency plans on their campus. Students should also visit Study in the States’ blog post, “Be Prepared: Emergency Preparedness Resources” for more resources surrounding emergency preparedness. 

We advise both students and school officials to visit’s Pandemics webpage to find preparedness resources for the academic community, as well as tips to stay safe during and after the pandemic.

We also encourage readers to contact their DSO with any questions, or in the event of an emergency, call 911 if they are in danger. Students can also call the SEVP Response Center (SRC). The SRC is available to serve as their point of contact and provide emergency contact services during disruptions. You can also follow Study in the States on TwitterFacebook and SEVP on LinkedIn for additional tips and resources on staying safe during emergencies.


Frauds and Scams

SEVP has been advised about an uptick in scams involving imposters imitating ICE officials or making it appear that the call is coming from SEVP. These imposters are using government contact information to extort money from stakeholders, including international students. ICE recently put out a public safety alert on its website to alert and remind stakeholders about how to avoid immigration-related scams. Individuals who encounter such fraud are strongly encouraged to report it to the Federal Trade Commission.

Our Mission and Goals

Mission Statement

The Center focuses on the academic, social and professional development of F1 visa students, Dream scholars, and Global Citizenship Alliance study abroad participants.  The Center assists students in achieving their academic goals while maintaining their legal status during their course of study at Queensborough Community College.  The Center provides F1 visa students with professional development workshops and opportunities for intercultural exchange in classrooms and communities throughout the year.  The Center assists DREAM scholar recipients in achieving their academic goals and engages them in professional development and community building activities.  The Center promotes CUNY study abroad programs and scholarship opportunities, and provides study abroad program advisement and application assistance.  We promote and administer the Global Citizenship Alliance (GCA) study abroad and leadership program. We also develop the comprehensive pre-departure training course for the GCA program.  The Center also organizes immigration events for the campus and local community.               


Department Goals

1. Improve student readiness for academic excellence and rigor of the college experience
2. Support curricular innovation and strive for better alignment with baccalaureate programs and the demands of a dynamic workforce
3. Leverage best practices and technological solutions to provide personalized advisement and comprehensive support (academic, personal, financial) for degree completion


Admissions and U.S. Entry Information

To become an F-1 student, one must first apply to CUNY. After an applicant is accepted, s/he must obtain an I-20 before applying for an F-1 visa.

Under the direction of Ms. Lampeto Efthymiou, DSO/Manager of International Student Life, the Queensborough Community College (QCC) Center for International Affairs, Immigration & Study Abroad is a multi-service office for the purposes of providing the following:

CUNY's International Student Guide

Immigration Resources

Study Abroad

The Center for International Affairs, Immigration & Study Abroad is located in The Library Building, Room 431, and can be reached by:

Telephone: (718) 631-6611
FAX: (718) 281-5140
Library Bldg. Room 431

Queensborough Community College
222-05 56 Avenue, Bayside, Queens 11364

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