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Frequently Asked Questions
International Student Program


How do I apply for a student (F-1) visa to come to the United States?

Please visit The United States Visas Official Site for visa application information.  The procedure is slightly different from one US Consulate to another, so you will want to read the information for the particular Consulate that you plan to visit.

I am beginning studies at Long Beach City College soon. How long will it take to get my I-20?

Once your application has been completed with the International Student Office, it takes us one to two weeks to prepare and mail your I-20. 

My TOEFL score is too low.  Can I still join LBCC?

Students who do not meet Long Beach City College's TOEFL score requirement may be able to meet the English Proficiency requirement in another way.  Please look at the "Application Procedures" section of this web site for details about your options.

If you are not able to meet any of the English Proficiency requirements, you may join the American Language and Culture Institute (ALCI).  This program does not require a TOEFL or other kind of English Proficiency, and is designed to help you improve your English skills enough for you to join a college level program.  Please visit the ALCI web site for program details.

I am coming to the U.S. soon to begin my program of study. When can I arrive? 

The U.S. consulate or embassy abroad can process your visa up to 60 days before the start date of your academic program. You may enter the country as early as 30 days in advance of the program start date that is noted on your I-20 .

What should I do when I arrive at Long Beach City College ?

All new and transfer students are required to attend the orientation.  You may have questions about class registration, student I.D. cards, and getting settled on campus.  Many questions you may have can be answered at the orientation session. 

In accordance with immigration regulations, you must provide us with your immigration documents at the orientation. These regulations apply to students from outside the U.S., as well as to students transferring to LBCC from another U.S. school.

I am transferring to LBCC from another U.S. school. What should I do?

Please see "Transferring-In Students" tab for admissions requirements.  You must obtain an acceptance letter from LBCC as part of the transfer process. 

I am visiting the US right now, but I do not have a student visa.  Can I take classes?  Can I apply for the F-1 visa in the United States?

Every visa category has different restrictions regarding who may study and who is not permitted to study.  Please contact the International Student Office for an appointment to discuss your particular visa category. 

Although you cannot apply for a visa from within the US, you may be able to change your Non-immigrant Status to student status.  This is dependent on your current Non-immigrant Status, shown on your I-94 card.  Please contact the International Student Office for an appointment to discuss your particular visa category.