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Residency Requirements - Admissions and Records

California Residency and Citizenship Requirements

By state law Ohlone College is required to obtain evidence from students of physical presence in California and of their intent to make California their home state for other than a temporary period.

Students who have lived in California for less than two years will be required to present documentation of both their physical presence in California for one year and one day prior to the first day of the term and of their intent to make California their home.

Explanation of Physical Presence

A person capable of establishing residence in California must be physically present in California for one year and a day prior to the residence determination date to be classified as a resident student. The residence determination date is the day immediately proceeding the opening day of instruction for the semester, regardless of the first day of instruction for a specific course or program.

A temporary absence for business, education, or pleasure will not result in loss of California residence, if, during the absence, the person always intended to return to California and did nothing inconsistent with the intent. Additional documentation may be requested for students absent from California for business, education, or pleasure in order to demonstrate intent.

Physical presence within the state solely for educational purposes does not constitute establishing California residence regardless of the length of that presence.

Non-residents of California will be required to pay the non-resident tuition fee.

For more information about California residency requirements, call the Office of Admissions and Records at (510) 659-6100 or email the Office of Admissions and Records at admissions@ohlone.edu.

Due to the complexity of residency requirements, students are encouraged to contact the Office of Admissions and Records at (510) 659-6100 or admissions@ohlone.edu with specific questions.

Residency regulations may be found in sections 54000-54060 of Title 5 of the California Code of Regulations.

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Requirements for Non-citizens of the United States

Students who are not United States citizens must verify their immigration status. For this reason, non-citizens are asked to submit their documents in person at the Office of Admissions and Records. Students should be prepared to present a passport, permanent resident card, or other documentation (for example, notice of action or receipt thereof) that will demonstrate their immigration status for the aforementioned period. This documentation is required every semester. For assistance regarding citizenship and immigration status, please call the Office of Admissions and Records at (510) 659-6100 or email the Office of Admissions and Records at admissions@ohlone.edu.

Students who are not United States citizens may be considered a California resident for tuition purposes. To qualify, a person must be in a status eligible for residency in the United States and must have resided continuously in California for at least one year and one day prior to the first date of the term. Evidence must be provided to indicate that the person intends to make California his/her permanent home. The residence of an unmarried minor is that of the parents or legal guardian. The residence determination date is the day before a term begins for which the person is applying for admission. It is the student's responsibility to clearly demonstrate both physical presence in California and intent to establish California residency.

Students who hold or wish to obtain the F-1 Student Visa to visit the United States for the purpose of study should apply for admission to Ohlone College through the International Programs and Services Office.

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