Getting your F-1 Visa
You must apply at the US embassy or consulate office in your country. While the application process varies from country to country, a few things are generally the same:
First, you must have an I-20 form to apply for an F-1 visa. The I-20 indicates that you have been accepted for study at Language Systems International as well as the start date of your program.
Second, you will need various forms from the embassy. You can usually obtain these forms on-line at the embassy’s website, or by visiting the embassy directly. Most embassies make the forms available in your country’s language; however, the answers must usually be written in English.
Third, you will need proof of your financial resources. If you are an Language Systems student, when you apply for the I-20, our online application form will tell you the MINIMUM monetary amount you need to show. Of course, the more you can show the better. Your proof can take the form of a statement from your bank or your parents’ bank that is less than 30 days old. If you are using bank statements from someone outside of your immediate family, you should also obtain a notarized or certified document from that person and be ready to answer why that person is willing to support you.
Your F-1 visa will have both an Issue Date and Expiration Date. However, the most important dates are on your I-20. The program start date on your I-20 determines when you are to start classes and the program end date on your I-20 states when your program is set to end.
The expiration date on your F-1 visa is NOT the date you must return to your country. Having an F-1 visa allows you to travel to the United States and then ask permission to enter the U.S. upon arriving at the airport. Once you are in, the expiration date does not matter, as long as you maintain your current immigrant status which is indicated on your I-94 as well as your I-20 if you are a student.
If you are an F-1 student and leave the United States without an F-1 visa or have an expired F-1 visa, then you will not be able to enter the U.S. in F-1 status. You must obtain a valid F-1 visa and hold a valid I-20 in order to enter the U.S. in F-1 status.
The required documentation for enrollment is described in the application process. Students can also learn more about student visas by visiting the Travel.State.Gov official site.
Change of Status
If you are currently in the U.S. other than F-1 student visa, and you are interested in taking English courses at Language Systems International, you may consider changing your current status to an F-1 student status.
In order to apply to Language Systems International, read more about change of status. If you have questions about your current status and would like to obtain more information, please contact us.
Changing status to F-1
If you would like to attend Language Systems, but need to change your visa status first, please contact us for a free appointment with one of our change-of-status specialists.
Please bring the following to our school:
- Application form (paper)
- Copy of passport
- Copy of current visa
- Bank statement (at least $15,000 / no more than 3 months old)
- Proof of highest education attended
- $150 Non-refundable processing fee
- $100 Tuition deposit
- $200 SEVIS fee (Paid directly to SVEP)
Other necessary information, additional documents, and fees might be required. Please make an appointment to speak to our change-of-status specialists.