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After you have completed your Admissions Application and received a conditional letter of acceptance, you’ll receive a detailed email from us listing what documentation you’ll need to submit to receive an I-20 from us. A valid I-20 is required to apply for your F-1 Student Visa.

Funds Verification
You must be in possession of sufficient funds to cover your education and living expenses while studying in the U.S. or have sufficient funds that will be made available to you by a sponsor (family member or other individual or entity).

English Proficiency
If your first language is not English, you must demonstrate competence in the English language. This requirement can be satisfied if you:
  • Attended a high school in the USA
  • Have a diploma from a secondary school in a system in which English is the official language of instruction
  • Completed standardized test (SAT, ACT, or GRE) evidencing English comprehension
  • Completed one or more years of post-secondary education at an English-speaking institution
If none of the above applies to you, you must meet acceptable proof of English Language Proficiency standard through one of the following options:

FOR ASSOCIATE AND BACHELOR DEGREE PROGRAMS
You must present one:
  • Level 110 certificate of completion of ELS coursework
  •  Official documentation from another accredited ESL program where you have completed an equivalent college-level English language program
  • An official minimum score on one of the following English
  • proficiency exams:
    • 61 on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) internet-based (iBT)
    • 6.0 on the International English Language Testing System (IELTS)
    • A raw score of 66 and an adjusted score of 81 on the Michigan Test of English Proficiency (MTEP)
FOR BACHELOR DEGREE COMPLETION PROGRAMS
You must present one:
  • Level 112 certificate of completion of ELS coursework
  • Official documentation from another accredited ESL program where you have completed an equivalent college-level English language program
  • An official minimum score on one of the following English proficiency exams:
    • 79 on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) internet-based (iBT)
    • 6.5 on the International English Language Testing System (IELTS)
We are also partnered with ELS Educational Services and can provide conditional admission for students who are academically qualified, but who don’t meet our English language proficiency requirements at the time of application. To learn more about this program, locations, start dates and how to apply, visit www.els.edu or email hwd@els.edu

F-1 Visa
After you have completed your Admissions Application and submitted the documentation for your I-20 Form, it’s time to prepare for your F-1 Student Visa Interview.

Pay SEVIS Fee
Once you have been accepted, you will be enrolled in the Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS) and must pay the SEVIS I-901 Fee. Visit the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) website to learn more about SEVIS and the SEVIS I-901 Fee.

Complete Visa Application
After you have been accepted, received your I-20 and paid your SEVIS Fee, you can begin your Nonimmigrant Visa Application, or DS-160 Form.
To do this, you must:
1) Fill out the online visa application
2) Print the application confirmation page for your interview
You’ll also need to upload a photo for the online DS-160 Form. Read more about your photo requirements by scrolling to the, “Uploading a Photo to Your DS-160” section of these FAQs.

Schedule Your Interview
Make your interview appointment as soon as possible! Wait times for interview appointments vary.
You will schedule your visa interview at a U.S. Embassy or Consulate within the country where you live. You may schedule your interview at any U.S. Embassy or Consulate, but it may be difficult to qualify for a visa outside of your place of permanent residence.

https://www.usembassy.gov/

Check that you have all of the required documents before your visa interview. They may include:
VALID PASSPORT – Your passport must be valid for at least six months beyond your period of stay in the United States.
DS-160 CONFIRMATION PAGE – This is the confirmation page after you’ve filled out the online visa application.
RECEIPT OF SEVIS PAYMENT – This is required only if you are required to pay before your interview.
PHOTO – You’ll upload your photo while completing the online DS-160 Form. If the photo upload fails, you must bring one printed photo in the format explained in the photograph requirements section of this FAQ.
COMPLETED I-20 – We will send you an I-20 Form once you have been entered you into the SEVIS database. The I-20 Form must be signed by you and one of our school officials.

Additional documentation may be required. Review all instructions for how to apply for a visa on the website of the embassy or consulate where you will apply.