F-1 Visa


All international students, with the exception of Canadian citizens, must have an F-1 visa to study in the U.S. Once you receive your acceptance materials and your I-20 form, find the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate and schedule your F-1 student visa interview. Interview wait times vary by embassy, but you can apply for your visa up to 120 days before the start date of your academic program.

 

ACCEPTANCE MATERIALS & I-20 FORM

All acceptance materials should be reviewed carefully, as they include detailed information about your next steps. The SEVIS I-20 form is an important document needed to apply for a visa and enter the U.S.

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APPLY FOR YOUR F-1 VISA

Once you are accepted to Seattle Colleges and receive your I-20 form, you should apply for your F-1 student visa.

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CHANGE VISA STATUS IN U.S.

In certain circumstances, people already in the U.S. can apply to change their current visa status to F-1 visa status without leaving the country.

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