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F-1 Students

An international student needs the F-1 Visa to legally enter the U.S. for the purpose of studying in a U.S. Institution.
 
The international student’s spouse and children need the F-2 Visa to legally enter the U.S.

The F Visa is a U.S. State Department document that can only be obtained at the U.S. Consulate in the student’s home country.

Steps for Obtaining the F-1 or F-2 Visa:

  1. Submit College admissions application.
  2. Receive notification of College admissions.
  3. Submit completed Pre-I-20 application to ISSO.
  4. ISSO reviews Affidavit of Support and determines financial eligibility for issuance of the I-20.
    See Pre I-20 Package.
  5. ISSO mails I-20 document(s) to student (and dependents).
  6. Student (and dependents) receive I-20, pay SEVIS I-901 fee and make an appointment at the U.S. Consulate.
  7. Upon receiving the I-20, you and/or your dependents, will need to make an appointment at the U.S. Consulate to apply for the F-1 Student Visa, F-2 Dependent Visa.
  8. Take a valid passport, I-20, Financial Documents and the SEVIS I-901 payment receipt to the U.S. Consulate to apply for the F Visa.
  9. After receiving the F-1 Visa, you are ready to enter the U.S.
  10. At the U.S. Port of Entry present the following documents: valid passport with the F-1 Visa and I-20  to the U.S. Citizenship and Naturalization Service (USCIS) Officer.
  11. Report to ISSO within 2-3 days of your U.S arrival. Bring your passport, I-94, F-1 Visa & I-20 with you. The I-94( Electronic arrival/departure record) can be obtained via www.cbp.gov/I-94
  12. Once you report to ISSO, the USCIS Designated School Official (DSO) will notify SEVIS(Students Exchange Visitor Information System) of your arrival at the College and provide you with a Visa/Immigration and College orientation.
 
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Director: Patrick O'Connell
Office: Student Union 327
Phone: 718-997-4440
Fax: 718-997-4429
Office Hours: Mon - Fri 9am-5pm
 

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