American citizens or permanent residents of the USA who have not resided in California for more than the required period immediately preceding the residence determination date will be subject to the non-resident tuition fee as set forth by the college prior to the start of each academic year.
Non-Immigrant visa holders who are in the USA under a non-immigrant classification such as B, C, D, F, H, J, or M cannot gain a resident status since the law relating to him/her provides that he/she is required to maintain a residence in another country and is only allowed to remain in the USA temporarily.
Persons with a valid B1 and/or B2 issued after April 12, 2002, are not eligible to enroll in a course of study as a student unless he or she has filed and been granted a change in status which allows he or she to be admitted.
Persons with F, J, and M status may be admitted to the college as full-time students subject to admission to the College's International Student Program.
A change in non-immigrant status is the responsibility of the student.
If non-citizens are present in the USA illegally or with any type of temporary visa, they will be classified as non-residents and charged the non-resident tuition. The District will admit any non-citizen who is at least 18 years of age or possesses a high school diploma or equivalent.
If, for at least one year and one day prior to the start of the semester in question, a non-citizen has possessed any immigration status that allows him/her to live permanently in the USA and he/she meets the California residency requirements, the student can be classified as a resident.
The following persons eligible to establish California residency are:
- U.S. Citizens
- Permanent Residents (Documentation required)
- Holders of Visas Types: A-1, A-2, A-3, E-1, E-2, G-1, G-2, H-1, H-4*, I, K, L-1, L-2, O-1, O-3, R, T or U (Documentation required) * H-4 visa holders: Please also provide a copy of H1 or H1-B visa from whom you derive your H-4 visa.
- Asylees or Refugees (Documentation required)
- Undocumented or Holders of Visa Types that prohibit the establishment of residency who have filed a change of status (Documentation required). Change of status includes:
- Applying for Permanent Residency
- Applying for Legalization pursuant to Immigration Reform and Control Act
- Applying for a change of status to a visa which permits establishing domicile (These visa applications must be granted.) Visas include: A, E, G, H-1, H-4*, I , K, L, O-1, O-3, R, T or U.
- Applying for Asylum
- Applying for Family Unity Program
- Applying for Temporary Protected
Please be advised that an Employment Authorization Card is not an eligible status to gain residency (Form I-765)