International Student Services

Immigration Handbook For International Students


Welcome to Purchase College! The staff of International Student Services realizes that immigration issues can sometimes be complex and confusing. We have prepared this handbook to help clarify regulations and processes for maintaining F-1 (student) or J-1 (exchange visitor) immigration status once you have arrived in the United States. The regulations outlined are the most current and relevant guidelines issued by the United States Immigration and Naturalization Services (INS), and the United States Information Agency (USIA). If you are an international student with another type of visa, the regulations noted in this booklet do not apply to you. However, all services of the Office of International Student Services are available to you. Please let us know what type of visa you hold. We will be able to assist you better if we have this information.

The Office of International Student Services is available to help you not only with immigration matters, but also with financial issues, housing, cultural adjustment issues, and personal concerns. We conduct workshops as well as social events throughout the year and look forward to working with you.

There are several requirements for maintaining your legal status in the U.S. It is your responsibility to be aware of these requirements and to make sure that your immigration affairs are kept in good order.

We are eager to get to know you so that we can better assess your needs, so within two weeks of your arrival at Purchase College, please make an appointment to meet with International Student Services staff. Be sure to bring your passport and other immigration documents. Our numbers are listed below. The office is open from 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday. Please feel free to telephone or come to the office with any additional problems, questions or concerns you may have while at Purchase.

Deirdre Colby Sato
International Student Services
Purchase College
The State University of New York
735 Anderson Hill Road
Purchase, New York 10577
Tel: 914 251-6032
Fax: 914 251-6034