Canadian Students - Our Northern Neighbors

So you are one of our northern neighbors?

  • Do you plan to commute from Ontario or will you live in the U.S.? Commuters or “border crossers” may be part-time students or full-time but plan on earning a degree or certificate at OCC.
  • Do you plan to be a full-time student or part-time student?  Canadians who want to live in the U.S. while studying must be full-time students.

Commute from Ontario

  • Apply to OCC online.
  • Contact us.
  • Fill out the International Student Information Form and send to the International Student Advisors (ISA).
  • Take placement tests and meet with an academic counselor.
  • Register for classes and pay tuition.
  • Inform ISA of schedule and tuition paid.
  • If you are going to study full-time, the ISA will prepare an I-20 for the estimated length of your associate degree program and give instructions on how to apply for F-1 status at the U.S. port of entry.
  • If you are going to study part-time, the ISA will prepare an I-20 for the current semester and give instructions on how to apply for F-1 status at the U.S. port of entry.
  • Prior to applying for entry to the U.S. at the border, students must pay a fee online (I-901), print off a receipt of payment and take the receipt to the border. 

 Live in U.S.

  • Apply to OCC and complete the steps for I-20 issuance.
  • Choose a full-time program of study.
  • Contact us.
  • Canadians living in the U.S. must study full-time during the fall and winter semesters.  I-20’s are issued for the estimated length of time it will take the student to complete a program.
  • After receipt of I-20, ISA will direct student to USCBP at the U.S. side of the Canadian/U.S. border for processing.  Prior to going to the border, students must pay a fee (I-901) online, print off a paid receipt and then take the receipt to the border with the I-20.
  • USCBP will allow the student entry to the U.S. in F-1 status and issue an I-94.

 

Contact Information

Student services for all F-1 students are offered at:

Royal Oak Campus - Building B, Room 102
Phone (248) 246-2563

Our student services staff can assist you with admission and other general inquiries. Please send your questions to F-1.Advisor@oaklandcc.edu.

Since it may be difficult for you to drive to the Royal Oak Campus, we will try to meet your needs as much as possible through email and telephone. Please email your questions first and if an answer cannot be provided by email or telephone, we'll make an appointment.

Aside from assisting you with F-1 immigration regulation issues, we are able to direct you to resources both inside the college and in the community to make your stay in the U.S. more enjoyable and to meet your educational goals. We look forward to working with you!