The following guidance applies to F-1 international students who will be studying at PCC for Spring 2022.

Travel, visa, and COVID-19 vaccination guidance are constantly changing. We will do our best to update this site but please refer to the U.S. Department of State and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for the most up-to-date information regarding travel and visas to the United States. 

Yes. PCC’s mode of instruction for Spring 2022 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?

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

We highly encourage all students to return to the U.S. to study for Spring 2022. If you have extenuating circumstances, you are allowed to take all online classes if you choose to stay in your home country. 

If you study online from 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 January 23, 2022 and 3) Register for courses that show under Location = “Online”. Do not choose classes that are “Hybrid” or have a location building and number.   

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 no later than January 4, 2022 to arrive for our in-person New International Student Welcome. 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.?”) Per CDC guidance, all international travellers to the U.S. must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 (see "Do I need to be fully vaccinated to come 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 no later than January 4, 2022. Per CDC guidance, all international travellers to the U.S. must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 (see "Do I need to be fully vaccinated to come to the U.S.?")

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

The first day of Spring 2022 classes is January 10, 2022.

Per CDC Guidelines, Noncitizens who are nonimmigrants and seeking to enter the United States by air are required to show proof of being fully vaccinated against COVID-19 before boarding a flight to the United States from a foreign country. Refer to the CDC guidelines to see which vaccines are accepted. 

If you are not fully vaccinated against COVID-19, you will NOT be allowed to board a flight to the United States, unless you meet the criteria for an exception under the Proclamation and CDC’s Order.

There are certain exceptions to the vaccination requirement. Please see "Are there exceptions to the CDC COVID-19 Vaccination Requirement for Travel?"

All travelers, regardless of vaccination status, 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. 

There are limited exceptions to the CDC COVID-19 Vaccination Requirement. For our students the categories for exceptions would be: 

  • Children under 18 years of age
  • Persons with documented medical contraindications to receiving a COVID-19 vaccine
  • Participants in certain COVID-19 vaccine trials
  • Persons with valid visas [excluding B-1 (business) or B-2 (tourism) visas] who are citizens of a foreign country with limited COVID-19 vaccine availability.
    • Please click on the specific link to see the countries with exceptions as it is being updated by the CDC on an ongoing basis. 

Please note, COVID-19 vaccination for international students studying for Spring 2022 in-person and hybrid classes is required by PCC (See "Do I need to be vaccinated against COVID-19 to attend PCC?")

Yes. COVID-19 vaccination for international students studying for Spring 2022 in-person and hybrid classes is required. You will not be able to register for an in-person course until PCC has your record that you are fully vaccinated*.

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:  

  • 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.

To travel to the United States, you must be fully vaccinated with a vaccine on the CDC guidance here

For PCC, 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.

All students must submit their proof of vaccination through the Student COVID-19 Vaccination Record Submission by your registration date. When you submit your record, make sure to also submit a copy of your photo ID. 

Individuals covered by this policy who seek an exception (on medical or disability grounds) or deferral (during pregnancy) must complete the request form and submit using the following link:

Student COVID-19 Vaccination Record Submission.  

Remember, to travel to the U.S., you must either be fully vaccinated or have met one of the CDC exceptions.

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). 

If you cannot get or will not be fully vaccinated by the start of your classes, International students on the F-1 visa will 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.