International Students

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All prospective students need to make sure that they send all their documents to the address below.

Roberto Reyes
International Students Center
El Centro College
801 Main Street
Dallas, Texas 75202

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Curricular Practical Training

Regulations by USCIS law state that Curricular Practical Training must be “an integral part of an established curriculum.” They define curricular practical training as “alternate work/study internship, cooperative education, or any other type of required internship or practicum which is offered by sponsoring employers through cooperative agreements with school.” 8.C.F.R. § 214.2 (f) (10) (i)

Economic Hardship

F-1 students are eligible to apply for off-campus work authorization based on economic hardship caused by unforeseen circumstances beyond the student’s control. According to USCIS, these circumstances may include:
  • Unexpected changes in the financial condition of the student’s source of support

  • Medical bills

  • Substantial fluctuations in the value of currency or exchange rate

  • Inordinate increase in tuition and/or living expenses

  • Other substantial and unexpected expenses


If you are an F-1 student who is out of status and intends to resume full time studies, you must make a written request to the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) for reinstatement in order to continue your program in legal status. You should see an International Student Advisor immediately to file for reinstatement. Failure to file within five months of the violation could result in denial of your petition.

Change of Status


A change from another non-immigrant status to F-1 student status must be done at least 45 days prior to the expiration of the current status.

IMPORTANT! Please read before proceeding with your change of status application.
  • Complete the admissions process and be eligible to receive the I-20 before filing a change of status application.

New / Transfer Students

Thank you for your interest in El Centro College. The following information is an explanation of the admissions procedures and documents required of non-immigrant international students. You will need to complete and return all of the required documents as early as possible to ensure consideration for admission. Please read the information and follow all instructions carefully and completely.

***Embassies in certain countries require additional processing time for visas, so it is urgent that applications for admission be received in a timely manner.

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