International Student Services for Canadian Border Commuter Students

Empire State College is authorized under federal law to issue Department of Homeland Security Form I-20 documents to nonimmigrant students.  Empire State College limits its issuance of the I-20 document to Canadian nonimmigrant students who wish to study in the U.S. at one of our programs as border commuter students. 

To study totally online through SUNY Empire Online, apply as an out of state resident. Canadian SUNY Empire Online students are not considered border commuter students.

Canadian border commuter students are:

  • not eligible for financial aid, college-sponsored scholarships or employment while attending Empire State College
  • always considered nonresidents for tuition purposes
  • not allowed to establish a residence in the U.S.

For more information on Canadian border student admissions requirements, visit Canadian Border Commuter Student Admissions.

For general application and admissions requirements, visit Associate and Bachelor’s Admissions or Graduate Admissions.

For visa or international student questions, contact:

Erin Barrett, MEd, PDSO
International Student Services Coordinator (ISSC)
518-587-2100, ext. 2771


All documents should be mailed to:

Admissions Office
Empire State College
111 West Ave.
Saratoga Springs, NY 12866