The following guidance applies to F-1 international students who will be studying at PCC for Fall 2021.

Travel and visa guidance are constantly changing. We will do our best to update this site but please refer to the U.S. Department of State for the most up-to-date information regarding travel and visas to the United States. 

Yes. PCC’s mode of instruction for Fall 2021 is hybrid, which means that some classes are entirely online, some meet 50% in person and 50% online, and some meet entirely in person. 

International students who wish to come to PCC to study in person can do so as long as 1) they have been admitted to PCC as an F-1 international student; 2) Received a PCC I-20; and 3) have a valid, not expired F-1 student visa. There are additional class registration requirements you must follow – see “Do I need to register for an in-person or hybrid class?

Students coming from the following countries should also read “What is the National Interest Exception list and does my country fall in this list?” carefully as there are additional restrictions for travel: 

Austria, Belgium, Brazil, China, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, India, Iran, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, The Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, and United Kingdom. 

Maybe. 

For students who have an I-20 Form Issue Reason of "Initial", you mut complete at least one (1) hybrid or in-person class. Failure to enroll and complete this hybrid or in-person class at PCC will result in an automatic termination of your PCC I-20 and your legal status to remain/stay in the U.S. 

For students who have an I-20 Form Issue Reason of "Continued Attendance"and have maintained active F-1 status, not required

Not sure which I-20 you have? Contact you PCC International Advisor to verify the status of your I-20. Students are assigned advisors by last names:
Last Names A-J: Rosa Villegas rmvillegas@pasadena.edu
Last Names K-S: Michael Jones mjones55@pasadena.edu
Last Names T-Z: Cathy Chen ychen206@pasadena.edu

Maybe. This depends on the type of I-20 that you currently have and your current F-1 status. See (“Do I need to register for an in-person or hybrid class in order to come or return to the U.S.?”). 

If you are not sure which I-20 you have, please consult with your International Advisor. Students are assigned by last name:
Last Names A-J: Rosa Villegas rmvillegas@pasadena.edu
Last Names K-S: Michael Jones mjones55@pasadena.edu
Last Names T-Z: Cathy Chen ychen206@pasadena.edu

Yes, you can take all online classes if you choose to stay in your home country. 

You must do the following: 1) Notify ISC by emailing iso@pasadena.edu or your International Advisor that you are staying in your home country 2) Request an International Student Health Insurance Refund by September 7, 2021 and 3) Register for courses that show under Location = “Online”. Do not choose classes that are “Hybrid” or have a location building and number.   

The United States issued several Presidential Proclamations suspending the entry of travelers from these countries due to COVID-19:

Austria Latvia
Belgium Liechtenstein
Brazil Lithuania 
China Luxembourg
Czech Republic  Malta
Denmark Netherlands
Estonia Norway
Finland Portugal
Germany Slovakia
Greece Slovenia
Hungary South Africa
Iceland Spain
India Sweden
Iran Switzerland
Ireland United Kingdom
Italy  

There are, however, National Interest Exceptions (NIE) specific to F-1 international students coming from these countries. That means that you are allowed entry to the U.S. if you are 1) coming from any of these countries, 2) planning to study in-person at PCC for Fall 2021; 3) have received a PCC I-20 for study in the Fall 2021 and have paid the SEVIS I-901 fee; and 4) have a valid F-1 student visa or will be applying for one before you start Fall 2021 classes at PCC. 

F-1 students will automatically be considered for National Interest Exception (NIE) if they are applying for an F-1 visa and your program at PCC starts after August 1, 2021. This applies to all students who are applying for an F-1 visa to study at PCC for the Fall 2021 semester, regardless if you are a new or continuing student. 

Many U.S. Consulates or Embassies are still operating at limited capacity and may be unable to accommodate you for an appointment in time for your arrival for Fall 2021 classes. In such cases, some consulates may offer emergency appointments. Please contact your nearest U.S. Consulate or Embassy for guidance on emergency appointments and whether you qualify for an emergency appointment. 

No. Students with valid F-1 visas and coming from the list of the countries in the NIE list do not need to apply for a new F-1 visa if you meet these conditions: 1) your current F-1 visa is still valid, and 2) you have a PCC I-20 and have paid the SEVIS I-901 fee.

If you are not sure if your visa is valid or you have an active PCC I-20, please consult with your International Advisor. Students are assigned by last name:
Last Names A-J: Rosa Villegas rmvillegas@pasadena.edu
Last Names K-S: Michael Jones mjones55@pasadena.edu
Last Names T-Z: Cathy Chen ychen206@pasadena.edu

Students from an NIE country (see “What is the National Interest Exception (NIE) list and does my country fall in this list?”). 
New and Continuing Students: If you have a PCC I-20 for Fall 2021 and have been approved or already have a valid F-1 student visa, the earliest date you can enter is July 24, 2021. Please do not enter the United States before July 24, 2021. 

The latest date we recommend that you enter the United States is August 12, 2021 to account for time to receive a COVID-19 vaccine, which is a Fall 2021 requirement for students taking in-person or hybrid classes at PCC (see “Do I need a COVID vaccine to study at PCC for Fall 2021?). International students MUST register for an in-person or hybrid class in order to maintain their visa status active (see “Do I need to register for an in-person or hybrid class in order to come or return to the U.S.?”)

Students from a non-NIE country (check to see if you are coming from an NIE country by viewing “What is the National Interest Exception (NIE) list and does my country fall in this list?”).  
NEW students  (students who have never entered the United States with a PCC I-20): You can enter as soon as the “Earliest Admission Date” listed in your I-20 and preferably no later than August 12, 2021 to account for time to receive a COVID-19 vaccine, which is a Fall 2021 requirement for students taking in-person or hybrid classes at PCC (see “Do I need a COVID vaccine to study at PCC for Fall 2021?). International students MUST register for an in-person or hybrid class in order to maintain their visa status active (see “Do I need to register for an in-person or hybrid class in order to come or return to the U.S.?”)

CONTINUING students (students who have a valid F-1 visa and an active PCC I-20): You can return as early as you would like and preferably no later than August 12, 2021 to account for time to receive a COVID-19 vaccine, which is a Fall 2021 requirement for students taking in-person or hybrid classes at PCC (see “Do I need a COVID vaccine to study at PCC for Fall 2021?).

If you are not sure if your visa is valid or you have an active PCC I-20, please consult with your International Advisor. Students are assigned by last name:
Last Names A-J: Rosa Villegas rmvillegas@pasadena.edu
Last Names K-S: Michael Jones mjones55@pasadena.edu
Last Names T-Z: Cathy Chen ychen206@pasadena.edu

ISC strongly advises that students with an active PCC I-20, valid F-1 visa and coming from an NIE country to have the following with you when you enter the U.S.:

  1. Receipt of your paid SEVIS I-901 fee www.fmjfee.com
  2. A copy of your Fall 2021 Schedule of Classes. This is proof that you have registered for classes. Visit www.pasadena.edu/lancerpoint to download your schedule.
  3. Your International Advisor (DSO)’s contact information. Students are assigned to advisors by their last names:
    Last Names A – J: Rosa Villegas rmvillegas@pasadena.edu 
    Last Names K – S: Michael Jones mjones55@pasadena.edu 
    Last Names T – Z: Cathy Chen ychen206@pasadena.edu
  4. A print-out of the U.S. Presidential Proclamation excepting F-1 students 

The first day of Fall 2021 classes is August 23, 2021.

All travelers, regardless of which country you are coming from, must show proof of a recent negative COVID-19 test not more than 3 days before your flight’s departure to the United States. Refer to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) guidelines or to your airline for additional information and what types of tests are acceptable. 

New Students: Certain vaccinations or immunizations that are not COVID-19 related are not required by PCC but our Student Health Center strongly advises you to complete certain immunizations before you start classes at PCC. Visit Recommended Immunizations for more information. 

Yes. COVID-19 vaccination for international students studying for Fall 2021 in-person and hybrid classes is required. You must be fully vaccinated* by September 13, 2021. 

The majority of PCC international students must maintain an in-person or hybrid class in order to maintain their F-1 visa status. As a result, international students must be vaccinated against COVID-19. Some international students may be able to take all online classes but please, see “Can I take all online classes if I physically come to the U.S. to study?” for guidance.

*Fully vaccinated means you must have all doses of the vaccine. 

Your PCC International Student Health Insurance covers the COVID-19 vaccine while you are here in the U.S. If you are interested in receiving a COVID-19 vaccine, you have all the following options:  

  • At PCC: Free COVID-19 vaccines are available at PCC’s Creveling Lounge. COVID-19 vaccines are free but you need to make an appointment.
  • Los Angeles International Airport: At the airport, COVID-19 vaccines are free and do not require an appointment (Monday to Saturday, from 7:00AM – 5:00PM). More information, visit the Los Angeles International Airport.
  • County of Los Angeles: Schedule your appointment through the county of Los Angeles after you arrive. COVID-19 vaccines are free but you will need to provide your International Student Health Insurance information when you schedule your vaccine appointment.

World Health Organization vaccines that have been approved for Emergency Use will be accepted. For a list of vaccines approved for emergency use, visit the World Health Organization. Please note that vaccines must receive approval (finalized) for Emergency Use. 

If your vaccination card is in a language other than English, yes, it must be translated. Visit the American Translators Association www.atanet.org to locate a certified English translator. Submit both your original vaccination card and English translation through the Student COVID-19 Vaccination Record Submission by September 13, 2021.

All students must submit their proof of vaccination through the Student COVID-19 Vaccination Record Submission by September 13, 2021. 

Students may submit a medical or religious exemption but requests must be first reviewed before a final exemption is made. 

To request your exemption review, visit Student COVID-19 Vaccination Record Submission.  

The majority of international F-1 students must take an in-person or hybrid class to maintain their F-1 visa, per U.S. government rules. 

If you think you will not have sufficient time to complete all doses of either the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines, you only have the option of getting the Johnson and Johnson vaccine (1 dose). The PCC Vaccination Clinics offer the Johnson and Johnson vaccine so secure your spot today by registering. 

If you cannot get or will not be fully vaccinated by September 13, 2021, all your PCC classes will be dropped with an Excused Withdrawal (EW) and no refund. International students on the F-1 visa will also be terminated and lose their visa status for failure to maintain full-time enrollment per U.S. regulations. You will not have any benefits to stay in the U.S. or continue studying, and must depart the country immediately. 

It depends if you are vaccinated or not. Please follow the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s travel guidance. Recommendations include COVID testing after arrival and/or potential quarantine or isolation orders. 

Isolate immediately. Self-isolate for at least 14 days and get tested. Find testing locations through the City of Pasadena COVID-19 Testing Information or also through the County of Los Angeles. COVID-19 testing is free.