Update for F-1 Prospective International Students (09/01/2021)
09/01/2021

Dear Prospective International Students,

In accordance with the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS), PCC will continue to follow the guidelines set out in March 2020.

What does this mean for prospective international students? 
  • Transfer Students: If your I-20 is in active status, you will be able to transfer to PCC and keep your I- 20 in active status while taking classes (online/remote, in-person, or hybrid) from in or outside the US, but you must first go through orientation and register for classes.
  • Students who have an Initial I-20 from PCC (includes Change of Status):
  • If your I-20 is in initial status and you are currently in the US, you will be able to activate your I-20 while taking classes (online/remote, in-person, or hybrid) in the US. You will be able to leave the US after your I-20 has been activated, but you must first report to PCC, go through orientation, and register for classes.
  • If your I-20 is in initial status and you are currently outside the US:
  • You can begin taking PCC online/remote classes from abroad. 
  • DHS has decided that you must remain abroad at this time.
  • We will work with you to defer your application and send you an updated I-20 with new dates for the term you are able to come to the US. 
  • Students with Fall 2021 and Winter 2022 PCC applications in process:
  • If you are in the US:
  • We will continue to process your application for Fall 2021 and Winter 2022.
  • You will be able to activate your I-20 while taking classes (online/remote, in- person, or hybrid) in the US. You will be able to leave the US after your I-20 has been activated, but you must first report to PCC, go through orientation, and register for classes.
  • If you are outside the US:
  • You can begin taking PCC online/remote classes from abroad, even while your application is still being processed.
  • DHS has decided that you must remain abroad at this time.
  • You can defer your application to a future term.

Please continue to check with your nearest US embassy/consulate to see if they are currently processing visas.

We understand that the continuation of remote offerings can be upsetting and frustrating, however PCC’s main focus continues to be the safety of its community of students, faculty, and staff.

For specific questions and further support with your application to PCC, please continue to reach out to the International Admissions Team (international@pcc.edu).

We are so looking forward to welcoming you in Fall 2021 (or a future term)!


All the best, 

Alicia Adams
Director, International Student Services
Portland Community College
+1-971-722-7152
Harminder Pooni, M.A.
International Admissions Coordinator, International Student Services
Portland Community College
international@pcc.edu
+1-971-722-7150