Current F-1 Students


Our Services

At HCC, you can enjoy a fulfilling college experience in and beyond the classroom, and supportive faculty and staff eager to help you achieve your academic goals. The CIE supports more than 260 international F-1 visa students representing more than 60 countries with specialized programs and services from start to finish. Stop by and see us the Dale Mabry Campus, Social Sciences Building (DSSC), on the third floor in room #322.

F-1 students are welcome to come in for walk-in advising, Monday - Thursday, from 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. and 1 p.m. - 4 p.m.  We can assist you with most issues ranging from course registration, education planning or questions regarding your F-1 status (including travel issues, maintaining status or work options). 

F-1 students can also receive immediate assistance without meeting an advisor for the following services:

  • Pick up a form I-20
  • Submit a form I-20 for a travel signature
  • Drop off letter/document request forms (enrollment verification, sponsor verification forms, etc.) 
  • Submit updated documents including passport, transcripts and more
  • Assistance with a hold on your student account

Please always be sure to bring your HCC Student ID Card with you when visiting the CIE!

Important Travel Updates

On September 24, 2017, the Trump administration put into affect a third version of the travel ban to remain in place indefinitely. The U.S. Supreme Court ruled to uphold the ban on June 26, 2018. Please note that we don't expect the ban to affect most international students traveling on an F-1 visa.  Currently the only countries impacted by a ban on all visa types (including F-1) is North Korea and Syria. To learn more about the travel ban and which countries are affected, please visit the Department of State website

Please read the CIE Director's message to HCC international students in response to the Executive Order regarding travel entry.

Academic and F-1 Status advising

Students can come for advising at the CIE in room DSSC 322 any time during the times listed below.

Walk-In Hours:
 Monday to Thursday 9 am - 12 pm and 1 pm - 4 pm. There is no walk-in advising on Fridays, but students are welcome to email their advisor and schedule an appointment.