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WELCOME TO SAN ANTONIO COLLEGE!

As a leader in education, San Antonio College is committed to excellence in helping students reach their full potential by developing their academic competencies, critical thinking skills, communication proficiency, civic responsibility, and global awareness. 

  • SPRING 2015 I-20 applications ends November 10, 2014 (SAC ONLY) - you must have done Apply Texas for Spring 2015 by the October 15, 2014 deadline. All other Alamo Colleges close I-20 applications on 10/15/2014.  Click here for F-1 / I-20 application deadlines for ALL Alamo Colleges.  We do not accept mid-term transfers, but will assist in either reinstatement or change of status applications if possible.
  •  Please do not apply for a term other than the SPRING 2015 term. If you are NOT approved for the correct term you will not be approved for I-20 sponsorship for the F-1 Visa.
  •  We do NOT accept mid-term transfers or new applications for one of the two Flex sessions - Flex sessions must be taken as a whole for immigrations purposes.
  • USCIS ARRIVAL START DATE IN US for Spring 2015 = Saturday, December 20, 2014. Please remember the Alamo Colleges will be closed for the Winter Break from December 22, 2014 - January 5, 2015.
  •   Bacterial Meningitis documentation must be submitted by December 7, 2014.
 

International Student Service (ISS) at San Antonio College  

Welcome to the Alamo Colleges!

The ISS at San Antonio College is the registration and enrollment monitoring service for all international F-1 VISA students at San Antonio College. International students must be enrolled, by federal law, for at least 12 semester hours for Fall and Spring terms.

We are pleased you are considering one of the Alamo Colleges as your choice for higher education. We are an educational institution in San Antonio, Texas that offers an excellent learning environment that helps students acquire the knowledge and skills needed in today's world. The Alamo Colleges host students from many regions of the world.
 

How to Apply:

 PLEASE BE ADVISED THERE ARE NO MID-TERM ACCEPTANCE OR TRANSFERS.
Send an email request to sac-iso@alamo.edu for all of the required documentation and related guides to completing the I-20 application process. Please refer to our video guides below for step-by-step instructions, our online forms and the following quick links. You may find additional information in our FAQ guide.
 
QUICK LINKS Application Process (How to Apply)  (See also video instruction below) 
  Campus Map 
  CELL: Center for English Language Learning @ SAC
  Concurrent or Transient Admissions (See CHART )
  Credential Evaluation and Translations (NACES)
  Degrees Offered - Note: I-20s are NOT issued for Certificate Programs.   
  ESLA Program now known as CELL: Center for English Language Learning
  Evaluation of Transcripts (NACES)
  Financial Aid/Scholarship Information  
  Filing Tax Forms (IRS)
  Forms (pending:  Send email request to sac-iso@alamo.edu)
  Guides  (pending:  Send email request to sac-iso@alamo.edu)
  Insurance Coverage/Health Plans
  International Student Association  (Social Club)
  IRS - Filing Annual Taxes
  Housing   
  NACES - Transcript and Evaluation Services
  Office Hours   
  Office Location   
  Orientation   
  SEVIS Compliance Process  
  Services   
  Social Security Number Information
  Tax Forms and Filing Regulations (IRS)
  Transcript Evaluation and Translation Services (NACES)
  Tuition Costs       
 

 

ISS VIDEOS 
Apply Texas (English)
 

I-20 Overview    (English) 

I-20 Application  (ENGLISH) (SPANISH) (ARABIC)

Study with the Alamo Colleges

 Campus Tour (pending)

 

 

 

 

 

 



 About the Alamo Colleges


The five, independent colleges that comprise the Alamo Colleges are: Northeast Lakeview College, Northwest Vista College, Palo Alto College, St. Philip's College, and San Antonio College which collectively offer over 325 programs of study leading to a two-year degree in an Associate of Arts (AA), Associate of Science (AS), or Associate of Applied Sciences (AAS) as well as an Associate of Arts in Teaching (AAT).
 
I invite you to explore each of our five colleges' websites to learn more about what the Alamo Colleges can offer you. We belong to the same district, but are each distinct institutions. We are five schools in an alliance like NATO is comprised of separate entities. We are not one school with different locations. It is like if you have brothers and sisters... you are all from the same family, but not a clone of your sibling. If you receive your I-20 from San Antonio College, you are expected to attend San Antonio College as your primary institution.

We offer freshman- and sophomore-level courses for transfer to four-year colleges and universities in the state of Texas.  San Antonio College is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) since 1955. According to SACS, "(Accreditation) is a recognition that an institution or program has been evaluated and that it meets a set of standards of quality that are determined by the members of the association or agency granting the accreditation."

The following information provided pertains to any student who is not a U.S. citizen, permanent resident or refugee irrespective of the geographical location of his or her birth: All persons seeking admission holding non-permanent visas will be processed as International Students. Applicants for F-1 student visas, or F-1 visa students transferring from a high school, college, or university in the United States, must submit in person or by mail a completed International Student Application Form available online to be downloaded and printed as original signatures are required by law.

All International Students must follow the guidelines for Texas Success Initiative (TSI) as determined by Texas State law. International Student applicants not completing college-level courses at a United States college or university are required to take skill assessment examinations before the start of the first semester of enrollment. A student who fails any one (1) of three (3) areas (reading, math, or writing) may enroll in some program courses but may also be required to enroll in developmental courses as needed. Non-native English language speakers are required to take the Michigan Exam to determine his or her level of English language proficiency. All courses with the exclusion of some exceptions to include foreign languages are taught primarily in English.

OFFICE LOCATION

We are located in the Oppenheimer Academic Center (OC) in Suite 220. You may access our office by entering the campus from Evergreen at the corner of Lewis. Use visitor parking. Do not park at any apartment complex or local business - otherwise you will be towed.

OFFICE HOURS

Our office hours follow unless otherwise posted::
     Monday-Thursday 0900-1700
     No walk-ins accepted after 1200 and 1600 respectively.
     Closed every day for lunch between 1300 and 1400.
     Closed weekends and all Campus/Federal holidays
 Appointments available between 0730-0845, 1200-1300 and 1600-1800. Call or send email request for an appointment to sac-iso@alamo.edu. Appointments are not available during walk-in hours.

ORIENTATION

Orientation is mandatory:          
 2015 Spring Term    January 8, 2015
 2015 Fall Term   August 11, 2015
 2016 Spring Term   January 12, 2016
 2016 Fall Term   August 9, 2016
 2017 Spring Term   January 10, 2017
International student orientation is approximately 15 working days prior to the first day of class between the hours of 1000 to 1500 in the Oppenheimer building, first floor classrooms. Attendance is mandatory to ensure assessment, registration, and compliance with both Alamo Colleges and the Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) of the Department of Homeland Security.
Orientation covers specific laws and expectations as well as a forum for guest speakers from Alamo College Safety and Security, SAC Student Life, VIA transit, and ISS Alumni or ISA representatives as available. Students spend time in the computer lab logging onto to student services and the orientation concludes with a walking tour of the campus.

Who does the ISO serve?

San Antonio College is a campus without borders - we serve a multicultural community.

What Services are Available?

  • Campus connection with US Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS). We accept and assist with USCIS forms I-20, I-539,  and I-765 and maintain SEVIS records for duration of studies to include in/out transfers.
  • Assist with immigration matters, including authorization for employment, extension of stay, requests for reinstatement and change of non-immigrant status.
  • Collect evaluated and translated transcript and residency documentation applied toward acceptance by Enrollment Services to the Alamo Colleges.
  • Refer students to appropriate department academic advisement.
  • Provide enrollment verification upon student request  for official business.
  • Provide access to English as a Second Language (ESLA) and Continuing Education English as a Second Language (ESL) courses for nonnative speakers. All nonnative English speakers are required to take placement assessment.
    Note: ESLA courses are nontransferable college credit, but are recognized by USCIS for F-1 maintenance. CE ESL courses do not fulfill the obligation of an F-1 student alone, but may be taken with the required 12 semester hour credit courses to compliment and expedite language studies while saving money and time.
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The Application Process: 

International students do everything twice: you must apply as a student to the institution AND for your legal status. Both Apply Texas and the International Student Application (and all of the required documentation therein) must be submitted whether you are attending for English Language studies or attempting college-level courses. Once you have successfully become a student of the Alamo Colleges and then submitted all of your required documentation with the I-20 Application, and have received your I-20, then you will need to pay the I-901 fee.

You are required to make an appointment with the embassy in your home country for the F-1 interview and take with you the originally signed and issued documentation. You may enter the US thirty (30) days prior to the start of class. This activity is monitored by USCIS. You might be denied access to the US at the border or detained until the appropriate time frame to enter the US. You are still required to complete your in-processing documentation and clearance so that you may enroll for class. 

 PLEASE BE ADVISED THERE ARE NO MID-TERM ACCEPTANCE OR TRANSFERS.

Regarding Your Acceptance to the College:

  • Apply Texas notification of successful profile set-up does not mean you have submitted your Apply Texas application.
  • Apply Texas notification of successful application submission does not mean you have been accepted as a student of the Alamo Colleges.
  • Alamo Colleges acknowledgement of Apply Texas profile does not mean you have been accepted as a student of the Alamo Colleges.
  • Receipt of a nine-digit student ID number with an official Alamo Colleges email is verification you have been accepted to the Alamo Colleges as a student, but does not mean you get an I-20.
  • If you have been accepted as a Student of the Alamo Colleges AND have successfully completed the I-20 application, submitted your evaluated transcripts, and paid the online processing THEN you will be issued an I-20 to apply for the F-1 Visa, but you will still have file an I-901 to set up an interview in your home country.
  • Only USCIS will determine if you are granted an F-1 Visa.


ADDITIONAL DISCLAIMERS...PLEASE BE ADVISED:

  • SAC does not normally admit NEW F-1 international students for the summer semester.  
  • Incomplete packets will be evaluated, but not processed.
  • Bacterial Meningitis documentation MUST be submitted at least 10 working days prior to start of class; otherwise you will not be allowed to enter the classroom.
  • Each student is responsible for his or her successful enrollment and completion of studies. 
  • Each student is responsible for maintaining his or her legal status.
  • Each student is responsible for payment to maintain enrollment irrespective of the funding source. If you do not pay, you will be dropped from all of your courses and there is NO guarantee your original schedule will be restored or even that you will regain what was dropped. If you fail to maintain at least 12 semester hours you will go out-of-status which may result in the loss of your visa.
  • All published deadlines are enforced. No exceptions.
  • SAC ISS is authorized through USCIS to cancel an issued I-20 for non-compliant students as well as to refuse future assistance for students who will not and have not complied with the expectations of the F-1 Visa.
  • Petition for Reinstatement is a reserved option of the SAC ISS office to extend sponsorship to non-compliant students - not an entitlement.  
  • The SAC ISS office is not responsible for financial or legal  issues resulting from detainment and/or deportation of students who do not maintain legal status.
  • The SAC ISS office is not responsible for abandoned property or vehicles on or off-campus resulting from detainment and/or deportation of students who do not maintain legal status.
  • The SAC ISS office nor San Antonio College will assume financial responsibility or provide assistance in the event an international student cannot afford to pay tuition.

How does this office benefit me? 

We are here to assist with obtaining and maintaining legal F-1 VISA status with USCIS to avoid criminal charges resulting in detainment and/or deportation either of which may result in a ten year expulsion from the United States irrespective of the institution of higher education.

 FINANCIAL AID INFORMATION

 All F-1 students must initially provide financial documentation demonstrating financial ability to pay for his/her education in the US for the first year.  Therefore, there are no scholarships available until after the first year of attendance as there is not a demonstrated financial need. Each student is responsible for payment to maintain enrollment irrespective of the funding source. If you do not pay, you will be dropped from all of your courses and there is NO guarantee your original schedule will be restored or even that you will regain what was dropped.

Here at SAC, we have 2 opportunities for International Students to apply for possible scholarship money, but both require International Students to complete the TASFA. Go to the College for All Texans to complete the form.

The first application is called the Texas Public Education Grant (TPEG). This award may be applied term by term. This award is available to all international students who meet specific criteria after one yeat of attendance.

TPEG Qualifications:
1.  If selected as a recipient by the review committee and approved by Financial Aid, then you must complete the TASFA. Go to the College for All Texans website to complete the form.
2. Students must be in good standing academically with a grade point average at or above 2.0.
3. Students must show Satisfactory Academic Progress in both scope and sequence of courses and completion rate.
4. Students must have a good completion rate of at least 85% or higher for all coursework.
5. Student must be in good standing with the expectations of the F-1 Visa and not have any history of being out of status.
6. Students must be registered for at least twelve (12) semester hours; nine (9) of which must be in accordance with their declared major and reflect the degree plan.
7. No remedial classes. Remedial classes begin with the basic 0300 series. Any course with: 0300, 0301, 0302, 0303 will disqualify the student.
8. Student cannot have over seventy-two (72) attempted hours total.
9. Student cannot have already earned a degree in either their home country or the United States.
10. Student must not be receiving scholarship and/or award money from other sources.
11. Award money is for existing tuition expenses paid by the student and not from government or institutional sources.
12. Student must have financial need.

The evaluation and approval process follows:

1. Students submit a completed application, hardcopy, to the International Student Services Office..
2. Applications are reviewed.
3. Qualified applicant names are forwarded to the Financial Aid Office for further review. Please remember that the forwarding of an application does not mean an award has been determined. Only a recommendation has been made by the ISS office.
4. If an award is determined to be warranted, then the Financial Aid Officer will notify the recipient. A transfer of approved funds will then be issued by the Financial Aid Office. The total amount of award is subject to fund availability and is not pre-determined by anyone other than the Financial Aid Officer.

For more information on the TPEG, you may visit the following web sites:
Every Chance Every Texan: State Comptroller Web Site
College for All Texans
• Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board: Texas Administrative Code

The second application is called the Good Neighbor Scholarship (GNS) and will becomes available in February. This scholarship is awarded for a fiscal year and covers tuition costs only. Eligible applicants are students who were born in and are residents of a nation in the Western Hemisphere (excluding Cuba and the United States). The following qualifying criteria is applied to all applicants:

Good Neighbor Scholarship (GNS) Qualifications:
1. If selected as a recipient by the THECB and approved by Financial Aid, then you must complete the TASFA. Go to the College for All Texans website to complete the form.
2. Have been born in and are current residents of a nation of the Western hemisphere other than Cuba or the United States
3. Intend to return to the eligible country upon completion of the program of study
4. Are scholastically qualified for admission to the granting institution: Students must be in good standing academically with a grade point average at or above 2.0 and  students must have a good completion rate of at least 85% or higher for all coursework
5. Students must show Satisfactory Academic Progress in both scope and sequence of courses and completion rate.
6. Student must be in good standing with the expectations of the F-1 Visa and not have any history of being out of status.
7. No remedial classes. Remedial classes begin with the basic 0300 series. Any course with: 0300, 0301, 0302, 0303 will disqualify the student.
8. Student cannot have over seventy-two (72) attempted hours total.
9. Student cannot have already earned a degree in either their home country or the United States.
10. Student must not be receiving scholarship and/or award money from other sources.
11. Award money is for existing tuition expenses paid by the student and not from government or institutional sources.
12. Student must have financial need.

For more information on the GNS, you may visit the following web sites:
Every Chance Every Texan: State Comptroller Web Site
College for All Texans
Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board: Texas Administrative Cod

Eligible Countries  
Argentina
Antigua and Barbuda
Bahamas
Barbados
Bolivia

Brazil
Belize (British Honduras)
Canada
Chile
Colombia
Costa Rica
Dominica
Dominican Republic
Ecuador
El Salvador
Grenada

Guatemala
Guyana Haiti
Honduras
Jamaica
Mexico
Nicaragua
Panama
Paraguay
Peru
Saint Kitts & Nevis
St. Lucia
St. Vincent & the Grenadines
Suriname
Trinidad and Tobago
Uruguay
Venezuela

Please be advised, institution participation in offering any scholarship is not mandatory.  You may wish to explore other options through the private sector or contact Cafe College sponsored by the City of San Antonio.

  

SEVP Compliance Process: 

International Students must enroll for at least twelve semester hours both Fall and Spring terms. Student enrollments are verified for compliance purposes four times during the term:
1. After the first day of class, student enrollment is verified and entered into the Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) database.
2. No later than two weeks prior to the Flex II session, student enrollments are verified once again to ensure compliance with the expectations of the F-1 visa and offer students an opportunity to restore full-time enrollment if necessary. Any students previously identified as out--of-status (O/S) are required to enroll to restore legal status.
3. After Flex II begins, all enrollments are again verified. Anyone out-of-status at this point is terminated as all means of restoring full-time enrollment have been exhausted. The student must either file a reinstatement I-539 in-place or by transfer; or leave the US.
4. After the term ends and grades have been posted, the last verification takes place. Withdrawal grades do not count toward completion. If a student has dropped or been dropped by an instructor then the student goes out-of-status and must either file a reinstatement I-539 in-place or by transfer; or leave the US.

Reinstatement is attempted by either filing an I-539 to remain in the US or by obtaining a new I-20 to depart for the home country. Speak with the PDSO or DSO for more information. See also "Reinstatement."

 

Concurrent or Transient Enrollment

Deliver to the International Student Services (ISS) office the following documents:

_____ Letter, from your current International Advisor at the school
sponsoring your I-20, that you are in good-standing and have
permission to attend San Antonio College.
_____ Copy of your valid I-20.
_____ Copy of your valid passport.
_____ Copy of your valid F-1 VISA.
_____ Copy of your downloaded I-94
_____ Copy of your health insurance.

 

CONCURRENT ENROLLMENT BASED ON  FULL-TIME STATUS 
  (AT LEAST 12 SEMESTER HOURS) 

SAC ENROLLMENT

Good

100%

12
semester hours

Approx.
4
courses

Good

75%

9
semester
hours

Approx.
3
courses

Good

50%

6
semester hours

Approx.
2
courses

NOT Good

25%

3
semester hours

Approx.
 1
course

NOT Good

0%

0
Enrollment

No
SAC courses

   Only one online course
permitted per term per immigration regulations.
    

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

OTHER HELPFUL LINKS:  

Port of Entry (POE): U.S. Port of Entry

City of San Antonio:  City of San Antonio website.

Transportation Information:  VIA Metropolitan Transit .  Please be advised: Student fees enable all students to a parking pass and bus card with paid tuition. Visit the Bursar Office in the Fletcher, room 201 to collect your pass. Be sure to stop by room 200 to get your student ID card.

In accordance with 8 C.F.R §214.3(j) of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement: This school is authorized under Federal law to enroll nonimmigrant alien students.  

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New International Student Seeking an F1 Visa - You have never studied in the United States and do not have an F-1 Visa.

Step 1: Apply to San Antonio College

  • Apply to San Antonio College online at www.applytexas.org  
  • Click here to send an email for step-by-step guide on how to complete Apply Texas online.

Step 2: Apply for an I-20 from San Antonio College

  •  Download and print application.  Your application must be completed, signed and returned along with all required/requested information.
  • Mail all original documents to : San Antonio College, International Student Services, 1300 San Pedro Avenue, San Antonio, TX 78212

Step 3: Financial Documentation 

Complete the financial information in the International Student Application

  • Provide a letter from your bank stating in English stating that you have the equivalent of $22,000.00 U.S. dollars for your studies.
    • The letter should be recent and not more than 60 days old.
    • Make sure to complete on the International Student Application, the Financial Resource Requirements.  
    • You may have more than one source of income (i.e., your own money + your parents and/or a sponsor as long as the sum = 22,000.00
     
  • If you are bringing your spouse or children, you will be required to prove an additional $5,000.00 per dependent. 
    • Make sure to complete the International Student Application Dependent Form. 
      •  A copy of each dependent’s Passport is required. 
       
      If your Financial Sponsor is a U.S. Citizen or a Legal Permanent Resident, you must also complete the USCIS form, I-134 at www.uscis.gov. 

Step 4: Official Academic Records (high school and/or college) 

  • All students will need to submit a transcript of the last school attended whether attempting college credit or the Second Language program.
  • If the high school or college is not a U.S. school then you will need to have your transcript translated and evaluated.
  • Translation and Evaluation companies may be found at http://www.naces.org/members.htm
  • San Antonio College will only accept translated and evaluated copies from the above mentioned web site.
  • All US transcripts received must be in their original envelope and sealed, no open documents will be accepted.

Step 5: English Proficiency – You will be required to take the Michigan Test upon arrival at San Antonio College.

  • Free 2-hour on-site exam  

Step 6: Original Photo and copy of Passport photo page

  • Send a Passport size photo with your International Student Application

Step 7: Statement of Understanding

  • Sign and date the Statement of Understanding on your International Student Application

Step 8: Processing Fee $100.00 U.S. Dollars (Non-Refundable)  

  • Pay online at the Alamo Colleges Virtual Business Office once you have a student ID number.
    It is imperative that you have been accepted first before you pay this non-refundable fee.
  • Include copy of your receipt with your documentation.

DEADLINES

All documents must be received before the posted deadline.  Incomplete and late applications will not be considered.  Application deadline for new students with no current F1 visa is: Fall semester deadline is May 15 and Spring semester deadline is October 15. SAC does not admit NEW F-1 international students for the summer semester. 

  In accordance with 8 C.F.R §214.3(j) of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement: This school is authorized under Federal law to enroll nonimmigrant alien students. 

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Transfer International Student with an active F1 Visa - You have a valid I-20 and current Visa/Passport and want to switch schools.

How to Apply as a Transfer International Student with an Active F1 Visa


Step 1: Apply to San Antonio College

  • Apply to San Antonio College online at www.applytexas.org  
  • Click here to send an email for step-by-step guide on how to complete Apply Texas online.

Step 2: Apply for an I-20 from San Antonio College

  •  Download and print application.  Your application must be completed, signed and returned along with all required/requested information.
  • Mail all original documents to : San Antonio College, International Student Services, 1300 San Pedro Avenue, San Antonio, TX 78212  

Step 3: Financial Documentation 

Complete the financial information in the International Student Application 
  • Provide a letter from your bank stating in English stating that you have the equivalent of $22,000.00 U.S. dollars for your studies.
    • The letter should be recent and not more than 60 days old.
    • Make sure to complete on the International Student Application, the Financial Resource Requirements.  
    • You may have more than one source of income (i.e., your own money + your parents and/or a sponsor as long as the sum = 22,000.00
     
  • If you are bringing your spouse or children, you will be required to prove an additional $5,000.00 per dependent. 
    • Make sure to complete the International Student Application Dependent Form. 
      •  A copy of each dependent’s Passport is required. 
       
      If your Financial Sponsor is a U.S. Citizen or a Legal Permanent Resident, you must also complete the USCIS form, I-134 at www.uscis.gov.  

Step 4: Official Academic Records (high school and/or college) 

All students will need to submit a transcript of the last school attended.

 If the high school or college is not a U.S. school then you will need to have your transcript translated and evaluated. 
  • Translation and Evaluation companies may be found at http://www.naces.org/members.htm
  •  San Antonio College will only accept translated and evaluated copies from the above mentioned web site.
  • Any US transcripts received must be in the original envelope and sealed, no open documents will be accepted.

Step 5: English Proficiency – You MAY be required to take the Michigan Test upon arrival at San Antonio College.

  • Free 2-hour on-site exam 

Step 6: Original Photo and copy of Passport photo page

  • Send a Passport size photo with your International Student Application

Step 7: Statement of Understanding

  • Sign and date the Statement of Understanding on your International Student Application

Step 8: Processing Fee $100.00 U.S. Dollars (Non-Refundable)  

Step 9: Current Immigration Documents

DEADLINES

All documents must be received before the posted deadline.  Incomplete and/or late applications will not be considered.  Application deadline for a transfer student with a current F1 visa is: Fall semester deadline is July 1 and Spring semester deadline is December 1.  SAC does not admit international students for the summer semester, but will accept for the Fall term and allow for the transferring student to take optional summer courses.  

 

  In accordance with 8 C.F.R §214.3(j) of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement: This school is authorized under Federal law to enroll nonimmigrant alien students. 

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Concurrent or Transient International Student with an active F1 Visa - You have a valid I-20 and current Visa/Passport and do not want to switch schools, but only take a few courses for a semester.

How to Apply as a Concurrent or Transient International Student with an Active F1 Visa 


Step 1: Apply to San Antonio College

  • Apply to San Antonio College online at www.applytexas.org  
  • Click here to send an email for step-by-step guide on how to complete Apply Texas online.

Step 2: Official Academic Records (from your current US institution.) 

All students will need to submit a US transcript of the last US school attended. 

  • Submit an official copy of your US college transcripts.
  • Any US transcripts received must be in the original envelope and sealed. No opened documents will be accepted.


Step 3: Other Necessary Documents

  • Concurrent and/or Transient students must provide a letter from their primary institution International student office stating it is okay for him/her to attend another college. 
    • The letter must state what classes the student is permitted to take at the secondary school.
     
  • Copies of the following:
     
  In accordance with 8 C.F.R §214.3(j) of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement: This school is authorized under Federal law to enroll nonimmigrant alien students. 
 
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Potential Student on a Different Non-Immigrant Visa Type - You have a valid Visa/Passport and want to become an F-1 Visa student (Change of Status).

How to Apply as a Potential Student on a Different Non-Immigrant Visa Type for CHANGE of STATUS


Step 1: Apply to San Antonio College

  • Apply to San Antonio College online at www.applytexas.org  
  • Click here to send an email for step-by-step guide on how to complete Apply Texas online.

Step 2: Apply for an I-20 from San Antonio College

  •  Download and print application.  Your application must be completed, signed and returned along with all required/requested information.
  • Mail all original documents to : San Antonio College, International Student Services, 1300 San Pedro Avenue, San Antonio, TX 78212  

Step 3: Financial Documentation 

Complete the financial information in the International Student Application 
  • Provide a letter from your bank stating in English stating that you have the equivalent of $22,000.00 U.S. dollars for your studies.
    • The letter should be recent and not more than 60 days old.
    • Make sure to complete on the International Student Application, the Financial Resource Requirements.  
    • You may have more than one source of income (i.e., your own money + your parents and/or a sponsor as long as the sum = 22,000.00
     
  • If you are bringing your spouse or children, you will be required to prove an additional $5,000.00 per dependent. 
    • Make sure to complete the International Student Application Dependent Form. 
      •  A copy of each dependent’s Passport is required. 
       
      If your Financial Sponsor is a U.S. Citizen or a Legal Permanent Resident, you must also complete the USCIS form, I-134 at www.uscis.gov. 

Step 4: Official Academic Records (high school and/or college) 

  • All students will need to submit a transcript of the last school attended whether attempting college credit or the Second Language program.
  • If the high school or college is not a U.S. school then you will need to have your transcript translated and evaluated.
  • Translation and Evaluation companies may be found at http://www.naces.org/members.htm
  • San Antonio College will only accept translated and evaluated copies from the above mentioned web site.
  • All US transcripts received must be in their original envelope and sealed, no open documents will be accepted.

Step 5: English Proficiency – You MAY be required to take the Michigan Test upon arrival at San Antonio College.

  • Free 2-hour on-site exam 

Step 6: Original Photo and copy of Passport photo page

  • Send a Passport size photo with your International Student Application

Step 7: Statement of Understanding

  • Sign and date the Statement of Understanding on your International Student Application

Step 8: Processing Fee 

  • $100.00 U.S. Dollars (Non-Refundable)  
  • Pay online at the Alamo Colleges Virtual Business Office once you have a student ID number.
    It is imperative that you have been accepted first before you pay this non-refundable fee.

Once you have been accepted as a student of San Antonio College, we can begin filing the I-539 for Change of Status.
While your I-539 is under deliberation by the Department of Homeland Security, please remember the following:

  • You are not allowed to depart the US. 
    • Departures are monitored by USCIS and not this office. Your departure will be entered into the system and automatically cancel your petition which will cancel your legal status and there is no refund for the processing fees paid by money order.
     
  • You cannot enroll for Academic Courses.
    • Unless the Visa you hold allows you to attend class. However, upon the expiration of the existing Visa, you will not be able to enroll for courses until a decision has been rendered by DHS.
     
  • You cannot work.
    •  The F-1 visa is intended for you to attend school.
    • You have provided documentation attesting to your financial ability to attend school full-time.
     
  •  You may travel within the United States
  • You may attend Continuing Education courses
  • You may create an online profile at USCIS to track the progress of your I-539
  •  You should prepare for immediate enrollment:
    • Clear your registration holds
    • Consult an academic advisor
    • Take the Michigan Test and Accuplacer
     

Be ready to enroll as soon as you are approved.
If your approval comes in the middle of the term, then you must enroll for the Flex term for at least six (6) semester hours (2 lecture classes).
If your approval comes past the start of the Flex term, then you must enroll for NEXT available term for the full twelve (12) semester hours ...even if it is the summer session.
Change of Status is processed differently than as if you were a new F-1 student.

Processing time varies:
1-2 months  (rarely happens, but has happened)
3-4 months  (sometimes happens)
4-6 months  (usually happens)
7+ months   (rarely happens, but has happened)

 

  In accordance with 8 C.F.R §214.3(j) of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement: This school is authorized under Federal law to enroll nonimmigrant alien students. 
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How to Apply as a Potential Student on a Different Non-Immigrant Visa Type for REINSTATEMENT

If you have failed to maintain your immigration status at San Antonio College or elsewhere, then there are two options for Reinstatement:

A. RE-ENTRY: Get a NEW I-20

1. Return to your home country
2. Pay the I901 fee
3. Update and reactivate your F-1 Visa

 B. File an I-539 for Reinstatement.

In either case, if you wish to seek I-20 sponsorship for this petition, then you must first become a student of the Alamo Colleges before any legal documentation is initiated.

Students go out of status by NOT enrolling and/or completing twelve semester hours of college credit during required terms of attendance. F-1 students are required to enroll for at least 12 semester hours of college credit in both Fall and Spring terms. Summer attendance is optional.  Other reasons for going out of status: Criminal activity and/or expulsion from the Alamo Colleges for academic or Student Code of Conduct violations.

Being out of status makes the former student vulnerable to detainment and/or deportation by USCIS; unless reinstatement proceedings are set in motion. Reinstatement is an option not a automatic response by the college. You may be asked to go elsewhere outside the Alamo Colleges to seek reinstatement.

 

The Reinstatement Process: If you are already an Alamo College student, then speak with a SAC DSO or the PDSO on your case. Otherwise, please follow the steps listed below:

Step 1: Apply to San Antonio College

Apply to San Antonio College online at www.applytexas.org 
  • Click here to send an email for step-by-step guide on how to complete Apply Texas online

Step 2: Apply for an I-20 from San Antonio College

  • Download and print application.  Your application must be completed, signed and returned along with all required/requested information.
  •   Mail all original documents to : San Antonio College, International Student Services, 1300 San Pedro Avenue, San Antonio, TX 78212  

Step 3: Financial Documentation 

Complete the financial information in the International Student Application 
  • Provide a letter from your bank stating in English stating that you have the equivalent of $22,000.00 U.S. dollars for your studies.
    • The letter should be recent and not more than 60 days old.
    • Make sure to complete on the International Student Application, the Financial Resource Requirements.  
    • You may have more than one source of income (i.e., your own money + your parents and/or a sponsor as long as the sum = 22,000.00
     
  • If you are bringing your spouse or children, you will be required to prove an additional $5,000.00 per dependent. 
    • Make sure to complete the International Student Application Dependent Form. 
      •  A copy of each dependent’s Passport is required. 
       
      If your Financial Sponsor is a U.S. Citizen or a Legal Permanent Resident, you must also complete the USCIS form, I-134 at www.uscis.gov. 
 

Step 4: Official Academic Records (high school and/or college) 

All students will need to submit a transcript of the last school attended whether attempting college credit or the Second Language program. 
  • If the high school or college is not a U.S. school then you will need to have your transcript translated and evaluated.
  • Translation and Evaluation companies may be found at http://www.naces.org/members.htm
  • San Antonio College will only accept translated and evaluated copies from the above mentioned web site.
  • All US transcripts received must be in their original envelope and sealed, no open documents will be accepted.
  • If you are already an Alamo College student, then speak with a SAC DSO or the PDSO on your case.
 

Step 5: English Proficiency – You MAY be required to take the Michigan Test upon arrival at San Antonio College.

Free 2-hour on-site exam

Step 6: Original Photo and copy of Passport photo page

Send a Passport size photo with your International Student Application 
 

Step 7: Statement of Understanding

Sign and date the Statement of Understanding on your International Student Application 
 

Step 8: Processing Fee 

$100.00 U.S. Dollars (Non-Refundable)    
 

Once you have been accepted as a student of San Antonio College, we can begin filing the I-539 for Reinstatement or you may choose to use a personal attorney.
While your I-539 is under deliberation by the Department of Homeland Security, please remember the following:

You are not allowed to depart the US. 
    • Departures are monitored by USCIS and not this office. Your departure will be entered into the system and automatically cancel your petition which will cancel your legal status and there is no refund for the processing fees paid by money order.
     
  • You MUST enroll for Academic Courses as a FULL-TIME (at least 12 semester hours) for both Fall and Spring terms.
    • If you do not comply with the expectations of the F-1 visa, then your I-539 will be terminated and you lose your legal status and the money paid in fees to the Department of Homeland Security.
     
  • You cannot work.
    • The F-1 visa is intended for you to attend school.
    • You have provided documentation attesting to your financial ability to attend school full-time. 
     
  • You may travel within the United States
  • You may create an online profile at USCIS to track the progress of your I-539
  • You should prepare for immediate enrollment:
    • Clear your registration holds
    • Consult an academic advisor
    • Take the Michigan Test and Accuplacer
 

Be ready to enroll as soon as you are approved.
If your approval comes in the middle of the term, then you must enroll for the Flex term for at least six (6) semester hours (2 lecture classes).
If your approval comes past the start of the Flex term, then you must enroll for NEXT available term for the full twelve (12) semester hours ...even if it is the summer session.

 
Reinstatement is processed differently than as if you were a new F-1 student.

Processing time varies:
4-6 months  (usually happens)
7+ months   (with request for more evidence)

Be ready to leave the US if your I-539 is denied.
You must leave the United States as soon as possible per directive of the Department of Homeland Security.

 

 In accordance with 8 C.F.R §214.3(j) of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement: This school is authorized under Federal law to enroll nonimmigrant alien students.  ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

 

You have a Different Non-Immigrant Visa Type or Residency

Step 1: Apply to San Antonio College

  • Apply to San Antonio College online at www.applytexas.org  
  • Click here to send an email for step-by-step guide on how to complete Apply Texas online.  

Generally, most non-immigrant visa types may attend San Antonio College.   Click here to find out WHO CAN STUDY in the United States.

You will need to have your home country documents evaluated and translated. Everyone who is admitted as a student for academic study must have the equivalent of a US high school education.

Foreign High School and/or College/University Transcripts

All foreign high school and/or college/university transcripts must be translated and evaluated from a National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES) member that includes translation, interpretation, and evaluation of the transcript.  www.naces.org  

 In accordance with 8 C.F.R §214.3(j) of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement: This school is authorized under Federal law to enroll nonimmigrant alien students. 

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1098-T REQUEST FOR INFORMATION

This is a request for information NOT a command for you to acquire a Social Security Number (SSN). 
If you have a social security number - then respond as requested by filling out the form and submitting as requested
If you do not have a social security number - then send an email (as requested... see below) to mhall@alamo.edu with your name, banner number, and tell her you don't have a social security number because you are an F-1 student.

The social security number is for filing taxes. Whether or not you intend to file taxes doesn't matter... the Alamo Colleges needs to be compliant with the US Government. Do not ignore this request. Just respond as instructed. They are not asking you to get a Social Security Number -- they just need to know if you have one and if you do -- what is it?

Yes? Fill out the form.
No? Tell them you don't have one.
That's it.

If you want a Social Security Number you may apply for employment after one year of academic study or visit the Social Security Administration web site and read the following:

International Students And Social Security Numbers or visit http://www.socialsecurity.gov/pubs/EN-05-10181.pdf

Social Security Numbers for Noncitizens  or visit http://www.socialsecurity.gov/pubs/EN-05-10096.pdf

 

What is the 1098-T?

The 1098-T is a form for a TAX CREDIT to reduce the TAX RATE on EARNED INCOME.
Using a percentage of tuition paid. This is not money you may be reimbursed.

For example, you asked for permission to work in the US and earned 5000.00 (hypothetically) the tax RATE on 5000.00 is .075% meaning your taxable income is 375.00. If your 1098-T says you get a tax credit of 1250.00, then 5000.00-1250.00= 3750.00x.075%= 281.00 taxable income.

Get it? You don't get reimbursed 1250.00
Taxable income is reduced as a "credit" to help alleviate the tax burden.


 In accordance with 8 C.F.R §214.3(j) of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement: This school is authorized under Federal law to enroll nonimmigrant alien students. 

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CENTER FOR ENGLISH LANGUAGE LEARNING AT SAN ANTONIO COLLEGE
 CELL@SAC
ESLA/ENGA ACADEMIC PROGRAM
There are skill building levels of ESLA – English as a Second Language Academic program now known as the Center for English Language Learning at San Antonio College.

Each level is comprised of four components: Speaking/Listening; Grammar; Reading; Writing. Once you are stateside, you will be required to take the Michigan Exam to determine your skill level and English language proficiency. Depending on your language assessment scores determines you level of coursework. If you have no English language skills whatsoever then you begin with Level One.

The CELL program is an ACADEMIC program and subject to the same tuition costs and application requirements as if you were pursuing a field of study. International students do everything twice: once for academic reasons and again for immigration purposes. You must complete the I-20 application process and be accepted as a student to qualify for the I-20 and enroll in the courses.  If you do not require an I-20 for the F-1 visa, you may enroll in Continuing Education (CE) courses. CE courses do not  meet the requirements of the  F-1 visa.

An F-1 student is required to be enrolled at least 12 semester hours both Fall and Spring terms. Each Fall and Spring terms are sixteen (16) weeks long. Within the sixteen weeks the ESLA/ENGA program runs on two (2) eight-week sessions called Flex I and Flex II. A student enrolls for six (6) semester hours in both Flex I and again for Flex II for a total of twelve (12) semester hours for the entire term.  A student may enroll for more hours, but never go below 12 semester hours. Additionally, a student CANNOT stack all 12 semester hours into a single flex session. A student must have a consistent and balanced enrollment to be in accordance with the expectations of the F-1 Visa to maintain legal status. If you come here to study, but you are not in class...then what are you doing? You cannot work. You are supposed to be learning. So, you have to be in class for the ENTIRE term.

The projected time to complete the entire language program as an F-1 Visa/International Student follows:

Term 1 Fall (Aug-Dec)  Year 1

ESLA 0300 – Speaking/Listening Level I
ESLA 0301 – Writing Level I
ESLA 0302 – Grammar Level I
ESLA 0303 – Reading Level I

Term 2 Spring (Jan-May)  Year 1

ESLA 0310 – Speaking/Listening Level I
ESLA 0311 – Writing Level I
ESLA 0312 – Grammar Level I
ESLA 0313 – Reading Level I

Term 3 Fall (Aug-Dec)   Year 2  

ESLA 0320 – Speaking/Listening Level II
ESLA 0321 – Writing Level II
ESLA 0322 – Grammar Level II
ESLA 0323 – Reading Level II

Term 4 Spring (Jan-May)   Year 2

ESLA 0330 – Speaking/Listening Level III
ESLA 0331 – Writing Level III
ESLA 0332 – Grammar Level III
ESLA 0333 – Reading Level III

Term 5 Fall (Aug-Dec)    Year 3

ESLA 0340 – Speaking/Listening Level IV
ESLA 0341 – Writing Level IV
ESLA 0342 – Grammar Level IV
ESLA 0343 – Reading Level IV

After successfully completing the initial language levels there are four ENGA courses (one more term of classes) that bridge the acquired skills for college/professional preparation.

Term 6 Spring (Jan-May)   Year 3

ENGA 0351 – Composition and Grammar I
ENGA 0353 – Reading and Vocabulary I
ENGA 0361 – Composition and Grammar II
ENGA 0363 – Reading and Vocabulary II

This is only a tentative scope and course sequence… where you begin depends on what you can do/know. How to determine YOUR start point begins with the exam. Once we know those metrics, then we can have a better understanding of your particular start/finish points,
 
FILING TAX FORMS WITH THE INTERNAL REVENUE SERVICE (IRS)
 

International Student Tax Return  

As an international student in the United States, you are required to file US tax documents for earned income, and most importantly, deadlines apply and VARY according to the form(s) you file and whether or not you owe money to the U.S.  Earned income may be active as in wages for employment or passive as in interest earned.

The following guide will answer the most important questions about filing taxes in the US and start the process.     

·         Most international students are considered non-residents for tax purposes.

·         If you have not received any source of income, your must still file Form 8843.

·         If you have received income in the last calendar year, then file Form 8843 and most likely Form 1040NR-EZ.  

If you have any tax related questions, your best option is to call the IRS directly at free phone 1-800-829-1040. They will be able to provide the best guidance and advice for any tax related questions you may have.

FORM 8843

Every international student along with family members listed as F-2s will need to file Form 8843. Every individual, regardless of whether they are one family, will need to file their own Form 8843 and send it in a separate envelope to  
Department of the Treasury
 Internal Revenue Service Center
 Austin, TX 73301-0215
  

Why should I file taxes?

Because you are compelled to do so by federal regulation. Every international student and their dependents (including spouses and children of all ages) are required to file their taxes if they were in the US during the previous calendar year. While filing your taxes may sound difficult, there are a number of benefits to filing your taxes other than it is the law:

·         You might get a refund. Some international students may qualify for a refund due to tax treaties and a lack of serious income if you have worked in the US.

·         Protect taxation of your worldwide income.

·         You fulfill your visa obligations. All international students must file at least Form 8843 (see below) in order to remain legal under F, J, M & Q visas, even if you didn’t earn any money in the US.

 

How do I file taxes?

There are many ways to file your taxes. You can file the proper forms on your own, you can hire a tax attorney, or you can visit a San Antonio VITA site – we recommend visiting either the St. Philip’s College or Palo Alto College sites.

 

Step 1: Determine your residence status.

Generally, most international students who are on F, J, M or Q visas are considered nonresident aliens for tax purposes. International students on F1 visas are automatically considered non-resident aliens for their first 5 calendar years in the US, and students on J visas are automatically considered non-residents for their first 2 calendar years in the US. If you’ve been in the US for longer than the 5 or 2 calendar years, the Substantial Presence Test if will be the formula to determine if you should be taxed as a resident or nonresident alien.

 

I am a nonresident.

ALL nonresidents MUST fill out Form 8843, which essentially proves that you’re a nonresident. Additionally, all F-2 and J-2 visa holders must file the same form separately regardless of age and income.

 

I am a resident for tax purposes.

If you file as a resident, you will be required to declare both your US and your worldwide income. Therefore, before filing as a resident, check to see if you qualify for the Closer Connection Exception. If you still believe you qualify as a resident, you should file taxes as if you were an American citizen. You can do so for free at the IRS website, or you can use one of the many aforementioned tax preparation program.

 

Step 2: Determine whether you had any income from US sources in 2013.

Be advised that the factors determining whether you made money from American sources is different for nonresidents than that which applies to residents. If you do have US source income, it will probably come from wages, scholarships, and/or bank interest. (See the entire list of taxable sources).

 

Step 3: Determine which forms you need to fill out.

In addition to the links provided below to download each form, the IRS provides instructions for filling out most forms as well. The instructions can be found by going to the IRS website, and then searching by form number.

 

You may need to fill out some or all of the following forms:

Form

Purpose

Additional Form?

NOTES

Form 8843

Declaring your nonresident status

No

Mandatory for all nonresident aliens, even if you didn’t have any US source income. A SSN or an ITIN is not required.

Form 1040-NR

Declaring your US source income and determining how much taxes you owe on that income.

No

Mandatory for all nonresidents with US source income. Requires a Social Security Number (SSN) or an Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN).

Form 1040NR-EZ

Simplified version of the 1040-NR. Most international students can use this form.

No

Requires a SSN or ITIN.

Form W-7*

Application for an ITIN.

Yes

See below*

You do not need to submit this form if you already have an ITIN or a SSN.

Form 843

Request for a refund of Social Security and Medicare taxes withheld.

Yes; you must also submit form Form 8316.

 

8233

Request for a tax treaty benefit on salary earned.

Yes; submit also a Country-Specific Statement found in Appendix A of Publication 519, US Tax Guide for Aliens.

Submit this form to your employer, NOT the IRS.

W-8BEN

Request for a tax treaty benefit on scholarship money.

No

Submit this form to the organization that pays your scholarship, NOT the IRS.

 

*If you are submitting Form W-7, you must also submit proof of identity and foreign status. This is to be done through your Designated School Official (DSO) at your school, who can provide letters authenticating your identity and certificated copies of your documents. The following is a list of documents your DSO may require to issue this certification, but check with an international student advisor to be sure.

  • Photo copy of your Passport
  • Photocopy of your visa
  • Photocopy of your I-20
  • Admission or scholarship award letter

  Step 4: What information do I need to fill out these forms?

You will need the following documents to properly fill out your tax forms or to submit to tax preparation services. Copies of each of these forms must be sent with your federal and state tax returns.

 

Form

Purpose

Send By

W-2

Your employer reports wages you earned and taxes withheld from those wages.

April 15th

1099

Your bank reports interest earned on your accounts.

April 15th

1042-S

Reports wages paid to you if you already claimed a tax treaty benefit, and scholarship income that was used for expenses other than tuition and fees (such as room and board or travel).

March 15th

 

Step 5: Determine if you owe anything.

Once all the forms have been  filled out, you will know if you owe taxes or if the government owes you a refund. If you need to pay, the best option is to enclose a check with your tax documents, because you will have to file by mail (see step 7).

   Step 6: Double-check the documents to make sure they are correct.

Before finally mailing off your documents, make sure the following items are correct on all the forms:

  • Your name and either SSN or ITIN appears on every page (unless you are applying for an ITIN, and therefore don’t have one yet).
  • Your mailing address is correct on every form so you can receive your refund check.
  • Double-check the math on every form.

   Step 7: Mail your forms to the appropriate address.

Nonresidents are not allowed to file electronically. Therefore, you must mail hardcopy documents to the correct address. It is important to send the files to the correct address; otherwise, you risk being fined for filing a late return. Remember the deadlines!

 

Forms to be Filed

Address

Deadline

ONLY Form 8843

Department of the Treasury
Internal Revenue Service Center
Austin, Texas
73301-0215

June 15, 2014

Forms 8843 and 1040-NR, and others if appropriate (NOT filing a W-7, NOT enclosing a payment)

Department of the Treasury
Internal Revenue Service Center
Austin, Texas
73301-0215

April 15, 2014

Forms 8843 and 1040-NR WITH PAYMENT ENCLOSED

Internal Revenue Service
P.O. Box 1303
Charlotte, North Carolina
28201-1303

April 15, 2014

Form W-7, along with all required tax return forms, including payment

Internal Revenue Service
ITIN Operation
P.O. Box 149342
Austin, Texas 78714

April 15, 2014

State tax return forms

Consult the VITA office regarding Texas state tax returns.

State filing deadlines vary, but it is best to file your state taxes at the same time as your federal taxes.

 

Step 8: Keep a copy of all the documents for your own record.

It is recommended that you keep tax documents for at least seven years in case the IRS makes a claim.  If you have any tax related questions, your best option is to call the IRS directly at free phone 1-800-829-1040. They will be able to provide the best guidance and advice for any tax related questions.All of the tax information provided is subject to change and offered only as information purposes. Please consult the IRS directly and/or a professional representative for your tax regulatory needs.

 

 In accordance with 8 C.F.R §214.3(j) of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement: This school is authorized under Federal law to enroll nonimmigrant alien students. 

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INTERNATIONAL STUDENT INSURANCE INFORMATION  

All international students are highly encouraged to have health insurance for sickness or accident during the period of time that they are studying at the Alamo Colleges.

The cost of healthcare in the United States is extremely high. Health insurance can help protect international students and their dependents from these high costs.

In the United States, you are responsible for all costs from:

  • Doctor appointments
  • Dental appointments
  • Vision care
  • Hospital care
  • Emergency care
Minimum coverage shall provide:

(1) Medical benefits of at least $50,000 per accident or illness;

(2) Repatriation of remains in the amount of $7,500;

(3) Expenses associated with the medical evacuation of the exchange visitor to his or her home country in the amount of $10,000; and

4) A deductible not to exceed $500 per accident or illness.

An insurance policy secured to fulfill the requirements of this section:

(1) May require a waiting period for pre-existing conditions which is reasonable as determined by current industry standards;

(2) May include provision for co-insurance under the terms of which the exchange visitor may be required to pay up to 25% of the covered benefits per accident or illness; and

(3) Shall not unreasonably exclude coverage for perils inherent to the activities of the exchange program in which the exchange visitor participates.

Any policy, plan, or contract secured to fill the above requirements must, at a minimum, be:

(1) Underwritten by an insurance corporation having an A.M. Best rating of "A-" or above, an Insurance Solvency International, Ltd. (ISI) rating of "A-i" or above, a Standard & Poor's Claims-paying Ability rating of "A-" or above, a Weiss Research, Inc. rating of B+ or above, or such other rating as the Department of State may from time to time specify; or

(2) Backed by the full faith and credit of the government of the exchange visitor's home country; or

(3) Part of a health benefits program offered on a group basis to employees or enrolled students by a designated sponsor; or

(4) Offered through or underwritten by a federally qualified Health Maintenance Organization (HMO) or eligible Competitive Medical Plan (CMP) as determined by the Health Care Financing Administration of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

International Student Health Insurance Options:
 

 In accordance with 8 C.F.R §214.3(j) of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement: This school is authorized under Federal law to enroll nonimmigrant alien students. 

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Send corrections or comments to ISS Web Master: Martha ES Buchanan
Updated:10/07/2014
 
 

Contact Information

Languages, Philosophy and Culture

Dr. Amy Whitworth
Chairperson
Location:  OC 119B
Phone:   (210) 486-0253
 

Coordinator: Martha Buchanan
Location: Oppenheimer Academic Center (OC 220)
(corner of Lewis and W. Evergreen) 

Email: SAC-ISO@alamo.edu 
Phone: (210) 486-0116