International Student Services (ISS) NEWS

Edmonds Community College

Traveling? Get Your I-20 Signed Before You Go! March 13, 2017


Come to ISS for a Signature on Your I-20 Before You Travel November 14, 2016

Traveling during the break?


Get your I-20 signed before you go home or travel!

Bring your passport and I-20 to ISS, anytime, no appointment necessary.

I-20 signing hours in ISS:

Monday – Friday 9:00am-4:30pm

Please note, I-20 signing is not available from 12:00-1:00pm



F-1 Visa Employment Options July 23, 2015

Dear EdCC International Students,


International Student Services wants to remind you that working illegally is a very serious violation of your F-1 visa.

Working illegally is any type of employment done without permission, and can result in falling out of status and SEVIS termination. Working illegally is not worth the risk!


The good news is that there are legal options for F-1 students to work.


F-1 employment options are limited to:

  • on campus jobs:

    Any F-1 student in good status and not on probation can look for and accept an on campus job, then ask for ISS approval through the EdCC Human Resources office.

  • optional practical training (“OPT”):

    OPT is work authorization for on or off campus jobs, in a field related to your studies. OPT is typically done after completing a degree. You must apply for an employment authorization card/document (“EAD”) from US Citizenship and Immigration Services (“USCIS”).

  • curricular practical training (“CPT”):

    Job or internship that is related to your studies, such as a credited internship class. Approval from ISS required before starting a CPT job or internship.


You must be in good F-1 status to work on campus or get a job with OPT or CPT.


ISS Advisors can help explain the options. Please visit ISS if you want more information.


~International Student Services~


Registration reminders and NEW rules for vacation quarters February 19, 2015

Registration for spring quarter begins  Feb. 24th. Click here to check your registration time.

Remember these important reminders:

  • To maintain F-1 status, you must take at least 12 credits every quarter
  • Online classes limit: you must take at least 7 credits on campus or hybrid.

Important: NEW rules for vacation quarters!:

  • Starting spring 2015, all college and high school students are required to study full time fall, winter and spring quarters.
  • Summer is the only vacation quarter. You cannot take spring as a vacation.

If you will go home for one or more quarters, please submit a Student Status Report form online. Remember to check with an ISS Advisor before making plans to take a quarter off.

Questions? Please visit the ISS office.


Full Time (12CR) Requirement and Online Class Limit Reminder September 26, 2013

Dear College Students,

Happy fall quarter! ISS would like to remind you that in order to maintain your F-1 immigration status you must study full time every quarter.


  • Minimum 7 credits in class/hybrid

Only 1 class (maximum 5 credits) may count toward the full time requirement. This means you must take at least 7 credits in class / hybrid. Also, it is not okay to take all online classes during your graduation quarter.

Please do not wait to contact an advisor if you have any questions about the full time requirement or online class restriction. If you do not meet the above requirements and you need to add additional classes you must do so as soon as possible. Class space is limited, and many classes are now full. Online registration is no longer open for most classes, but you may be able to add a class with instructor permission or add classes / credits that allow late registration. Remember that it is your responsibility to register full time and maintain your immigration status. ISS Advisors are available to assist you!

ISS Drop-in Advising Hours: 9:30-10:30am (except Wed), and 3:30-4:30pm M-F

ISS Advising Appointments: (425) 640-1518


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