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F-1 Student Admissions

COVID-19 Information

Lone Star Continues to accept applications for Fall 2020. The mission of the Office of International Programs is to support Lone Star College’s  international community in many ways. We know that you are concerned about getting a U.S. visa and arriving at LSC in time for the fall semester. We want to assure you that despite the challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic, LSC will continue to provide you the immigration documents and the up-to-date information you need.

Please know that Lone Star College is closely monitoring this global health crisis and we will regularly communicate with you about any updates or changes. All updates pertinent to newly admitted students will be posted on this page.

Students seeking admission to Lone Star College should complete the steps below. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact any of the International Student Advisors, or email LSC-F1Admissions@lonestar.edu


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Apply for F-1 Student Admission

Before your application will be considered, you will need to complete the following:

  1. Complete the ApplyTexas Application onlineSelect “Create a new 2-year college admissions application” and choose Lone Star College.
  2. Complete the Admissions Checklist below based on your application type. This list includes forms that you will need to email to LSC-F1Admissions@lonestar.edu. To avoid delays, only submit your F-1 application documents to this email address. When you apply to one campus, you are applying to all 7 campuses.

Apply for a F-1 Student Visa

The admission procedures outlined below are required for the Lone Star College (LSC) F-1 student admissions process and the issuance of the Form I-20. The student will receive an acceptance letter and Form I-20 if all admission requirements have been met.  After being admitted to LSC, the student is solely responsible for applying for an F-1 visa or change of status with the U.S. Government or transferring their SEVIS record if already an F-1 student at another U.S. institution.

For guidance on visas and change of status, please refer to https://studyinthestates.dhs.gov/students for each applicant type.


  • New Applicants: Admission requirements for applicants, who have never enrolled at any LSC campuses, are applying from their home country as a high school graduate or transfer from a non-U.S. college or university.
  • Transfer Applicants: Admission requirements for applicants transferring from another U.S. Institution. F-1 transfer applicants who have completed a program of study at either a U.S. institution (high school, language school. College/university, etc) must be admitted and transfer their SEVIS records no later than 60 days after program completion in order to remain in status per F-1 visa regulations.
  • Applicants currently in the U.S. requesting an “Initial Form I-20”: Admission requirements for applicants who are currently in the U.S on another visa type and plan to depart the U.S to apply for their F-1 visa/status must complete the following steps. 

  • Applicants currently in the U.S. seeking to change their status to F-1 (Change of status applicants): Admission requirements for applicants who are currently in the U.S. on another visa type and wish to study on an F-1 visa, applying to USCIS for a change of status while in the country.If the applicant meets the admission requirements, Lone Star College will issue the Form I-20 for change of status. LSC does not provide any immigration advice to change of status students. We request that you seek assistance from an experienced immigration attorney for your needs. United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has special instructions and rules for change of status students. Please see this website for more details: https://www.uscis.gov/i-539 

  • F-1 students with Form I-20 from another institution seeking to pursue concurrent enrollment. Admission requirements for F-1 visa students whose SEVIS record will remain with another institution but would like to take some classes at LSC. 

Accepted International Students

  • F-1 Orientation [Required]: Each campus provides a mandatory orientation session specifically for new and transfer international students. This is different from the New Student Orientation (NSO) that is required for new students by each campus.

  • Medical Insurance [Required]: Lone Star College (LSC) requires that all F-1 visa international students, with a Lone Star College (LSC) issued I-20, maintain health insurance coverage as a condition of enrollment.

  • Pre-Arrival Tips

  • Complete the Accepted F-1 Student Checklist.



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