International Student Services
Student Services Building
Office 48271 (2nd floor)
ISS Office will be closed:
March 30, 2018
Spring 2018 Office Hours:
|Monday||8 am - 5:30 pm|
|Tuesday||8 am - 5:30 pm|
|Wednesday||8 am - 5:30 pm|
|Thursday||8 am - 5:30 pm|
|Friday||8 am - 4:30 pm|
Once you are approved for an F-1 Student Visa, you can start planning for your arrival. This page contains information that may assist you with planning.
The earliest date you can arrive in the United States (U.S.) is 30 days before the program start date as stated on your I-20 from Pierce. The latest date you can arrive is the program start date. When choosing an arrival date, you want to give yourself ample time to acclimate to your new environment and complete the college matriculation (enrollment) process. The matriculation process may take at least a week or two to complete.
Before you leave for the U.S., it is a good idea to familiarize yourself with your travel documents. When entering the country, we advise you to keep your original documents with you in a carry-on bag. It is also a good idea to make at least two sets of copies of these documents: one copy to leave with your family or friends before you depart and one copy to give to Pierce when you report to the college.
Here is a list of the important documents you may need to present at the U.S. Port of Entry:
Learn more about what to expect when entering the United States on the Study in the States website.
When you have your travel plans in place, schedule a check-in appointment with the International Student Services (ISS) Office. Detailed information on what to do will be included in your acceptance letter. In order to maintain your F-1 student status, we advise you to check-in (or report) to the college within 2 to 3 days of your U.S. arrival date. A check-in appointment is required. When you report to the college, remember to bring your travel documents with you.
The enrollment process is as follows:
You do not need an SSN in order to study in the U.S. SSNs are generally issued by the Social Security Administration to people who are authorized to work in the United States. SSNs are not issued for the sole purpose of credit card applications, opening bank accounts, applying for a California Driver's License, etc. For more information, view this Social Security Number Guide for international students.
The public transportation system in Los Angeles is called the LA Metro. The Orange Line Bus has a stop directly in front of Pierce College. Full time students may be eligible to purchase a TAP Card at a discounted rate. View the Metro Pocket Guide for Pierce College for more information about the surrounding area including other bus stops.
To obtain a California Driver's License, visit the California Department of Motor Vehicles website. As an F-1 international student, you are waived from the Social Security Number requirement.
Many of our students also ride bicycles to campus. There are bike racks set up at different locations of the campus so you can securely lock your bike when you attend class.