F-1 Student + J-1 Participant Visa Holders

The Global Programs Office is your resource to navigate the rules and regulations related to international student immigration status for F-1 student and J-1 participant visa holders. We are here to support you throughout your experience at SFAI, and welcome questions about any aspect of student life.

The Global Programs Office is located in the Student Affairs Office at the 800 Chestnut Street campus.

Walk-in advising hours are Monday–Friday. For extended questions or issues, please email the Global Programs Office to make an appointment.

F-1 Student Visa Holders

There are several U.S. government agencies responsible for maintenance of F-1 student visa status. The Study in the States website is your official U.S. government access point for all agencies involved with international student regulations and policy administration. It is the best resource for anything related to maintaining F-1 student visa status.

For specific SFAI policy information and international student requirements, please review the SFAI International Student Handbook.

J-1 Participant Visa Holders

SFAI J-1 participant visas are sponsored through the Institute of International Education (IIE), and an advisor from the IIE San Francisco office is assigned to our students.

Detailed information for J-1 participants may be found at the J-1 Visa Participants website.

SFAI has authorization under federal law to enroll non-immigrant alien students.