Welcome! The International Student Center staff would like to ensure our support and guidance throughout your academic journey at PCC.  

The first step is to request your I-20. To receive your I-20, please purchase a shipping label through these steps:

  1. Pre-order an express shipping label through SASS-SmartShip.com for us to mail you your admission packet
  2. Click on “student” and follow the instructions to create your account
  3. Once activated, choose “Pasadena City College” to create your shipment
  4. Remember to include your name and your student ID in all mailings sent out. Your name can be listed in the “To” or “In Care Of” sections
  5. Follow the instructions to purchase the shipping label. Our office will print the label and mail your packet. Please allow us 1-2 days to prepare your shipment
  6. Once a document shipment is moving, SASS-SmartShip will alert you via email.

If you are a new student coming from outside of states, please follow the steps below:

  1. Pay the SEVIS Fee (I-901 Fee) of $350 to the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agency at www.fmjfee.com.  
  2. Sign the enclosed Form I-20 in BLUE INK on page 1
  3. Review all the instructions on the Form I-20 on page 3  
  4. Complete the online Non-immigrant Visa Application (Form DS-160) at https://ceac.state.gov/ceac. Print the application and bring it to your visa interview 
  5. Schedule your visa interview at your nearest U.S. Embassy or Consulate. Please remember to check with the Embassy or Consulate for what additional documents you will need to bring or prepare for your interview by visiting www.usembassy.gov. Documents you may need to bring may include bank statements, letter of admission, English test scores, etc. 
    • Note: You may be able to schedule an Emergency Appointment with the consulate to expedite your appointment due to COVID-19 and long visa backlogs. Contact your local consulate for more information.
  6. Bring your signed and original Form I-20 with you, along with any required documents stated by the U.S. Embassy or Consulate, to your visa interview

If you are a student changing status from other visa type, please follow the following steps:

  1. Pay the SEVIS Fee (I-901 Fee) of $350 to the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agency at www.fmjfee.com.  
  2. Sign the enclosed Form I-20 in BLUE INK on page 1
  3. Review all the instructions on the Form I-20 on page 3  
  4. Visit the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) website for detailed instructions and application (use Form I-539) on how to apply for a Change of Status. Search for “Change my Nonimmigrant Status” in the search bar
  5. After you have submitted your application to USCIS and as soon as you receive your Receipt Notice, properly scan and email the confirmation to the International Student Center at iso@pasadena.edu. 
  6. If your Change of Status application is not approved by the first day of classes, please contact the International Student Center at iso@pasadena.edu or (626) 585-7808 to discuss your options

Important Information about Change of Status

  • You must maintain your current non-immigrant status until your Change of Status application is approved by USCIS. If you are not sure, consult with the International Student Center
  • Do not travel outside of the United States while your Change of Status application is pending with USCIS. Your Change of Status application will be cancelled by USCIS if you leave the U.S. 
  • If you are changing from a B1/B2 visitor’s visa, do not enroll or begin your studies until USCIS has approved your change of status. If USCIS has not adjudicated, or decided on your change of status at least 15 days before the first day of the semester (program start date listed on your Form I-20), please contact us at iso@pasadena.edu 
  • If you are changing from F2 to F1 status, you can enroll only up to 11.9 units (part-time) at PCC

If you are a continuing student transferring from another colleges or universities, please follow the following steps:

Please request your current school to release your SEVIS (immigration) record to Pasadena City College so we can issue your PCC Transfer-Pending I-20. 

PCC SEVIS CODE: LOS214F00788000

  1. Please talk to the international student office at your current school to ask about what you need to do to transfer your I-20 SEVIS record to PCC.
  2. If you are still taking classes at your current school, do not release your I-20 SEVIS record to PCC until you have completed all your classes at your current school.
  3. If you are going to travel outside the United States before attending PCC, please plan ahead and figure out which school’s I-20 you will use to travel.
    • If you are using your current school’s I-20 to travel, DO NOT ask your current school to release your I-20 to PCC until you return to the United States. 
    • If you are using PCC’s transfer-pending I-20 to travel, please plan ahead and request your current school to release your I-20 SEVIS record to PCC so that we issue you a PCC transfer-pending I-20 before you leave the U.S. 
    • We recommend that you avoid all unessential travel outside the U.S. until you are fully transferred and registered as a PCC student. 
  1. Activate LancerPoint
    • Activate your PCC student account, LancerPoint, at https://reset.pasadena.edu. Start from “Look-up my LancerPoint username” and then “Activate my LancerPoint account”. Your LancerPoint Student ID # is listed in your admission letter, admission email as well as in your I-20.
  2. Activate your PCC Email
    • Activate for your @go.pasadena.edu email by logging into www.gmail.com. Use your LancerPoint username and @go.pasadena.edu and password to create and sign in to your account. For example: larrylancer@go.pasadena.edu
  3. Link your PCC Email (Optional)
You must complete part-one of Orientation: Online Orientation at https://orientation.pasadena.edu. During Online Orientation, you will also complete your Math and ESL/English Self-Guided Placement. Please note: you will not be able to register for classes if you do not complete the Online Orientation and Math and ESL/English Self-Guided Placement.

Please watch the recording of our Spring 2022 Group Counseling Session here

For more information on how to register, you can also visit our Registration Webpage.

New International Student Welcome will be held on January 5, 2022. Please plan to arrive in the U.S. by January 4, 2022 to ensure that you will be able to attend New International Student Welcome. We are asking all new international students for Spring 2022 be present in the U.S. to take courses at PCC. 

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