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
• The I-20 issued by our College that serves as verification of admission to North Lake College.
• I-901 fee receipt
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 www.FMJfee.com) 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.