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Applying as an International Student

After admission to Mountain View College, the students are issued an I-20. The INS form I-20 is the certificate of eligibility for students on F-1 status, and is one of the required documents to apply for the F-1 student visa at a U.S. consulate overseas.

Once you are in possession of your I-20, you should apply to the U.S. Consulate in your country for an F-1 visa. This visa is granted to students whose purpose is to pursue a full course of study and, upon completion, return to their home countries. To secure the F-1 visa, students must present: 

• A valid passport
• Proof of financial support
• Letter of acceptance
• I-901 fee receipt

Canadian Citizens

If you are a Canadian student, you DO NOT need to get a visa from the U.S. Consulate, but a valid passport is required. A border official will interview you before you enter the U.S. Please be prepared to present your I-20, letter of acceptance, financial documents and other pertinent documents to customs officials. You will be issued an arrival document (I-94 card), which indicates your student immigration status. You will need this card, so BE SURE to get your I-94 card at the border.

The Student and Exchange Visitor Processing Fee

All new F-1 student applicants must file Form I-901 (available at and pay the "Student and Exchange Visitor Processing Fee" prior to obtaining a Visa or entering the United States. Your fee receipt will be required along with your form I-20 and letter of acceptance at the U.S. Embassy. Visit the website for the current fee.



Thank you for your interest in Mountain View College. The following information is an explanation of the admissions procedures and documents required of non-immigrant international students.  You will need to complete and return all of the required documents as early as possible to ensure consideration for admission.  Please read the information and follow all instructions carefully and completely.

 ***Embassies in certain countries require additional processing time for visas, so it is urgent that applications for admission be received in a timely manner.





Prospective/New students applying from outside the United States


January - May

November 1

Summer (optional)

June - August

April 1


August - December

June 15

Transfer Students (from U.S. school to MVC)


January - May

December 1


June - August

April 15


August - December

July 15

 * Deadlines falling on non-business days will be extended to the next business day.


All of the documents must be original or notarized copies and must be received by the appropriate deadline to initiate the admission process.  Applications that do not include all required documents will not be processed.  The information may be mailed or turned in directly to the International Office at the address at the end of this page. Faxes will not be accepted.