Important Enrollment Information for International Students
The information below provides an overview of the immigration steps you can begin to work on today:
1. Send in your Enrollment Deposit AND Submit a confidential bank statement
Send a bank statement to the Office of Undergraduate Admission. The bank statement should show that you have access to the funding needed to complete your first year of studies at the College. A scanned copy can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org or mailed to:
Anna Maria College
50 Sunset Lane
Paxton, MA 01612
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2. Obtain an Immigration Document
Our Registrar will issue your immigration document (I-20). This generally takes 2-3 weeks. We will mail this document via courier service to the address listed on your Anna Maria College application for admission. You will need to submit the I-20 Request Form here.
3. Apply for the Student Visa
After you receive your I-20, you will be ready to apply for your U.S. visa.
Applying for your Student Visa
You must apply for your visa well in advance of your arrival, as it can, in some instances take several weeks, and occasionally longer, to obtain the student visa. To apply for a U.S. visa, you will need to present the following documents at the U.S. embassy or consulate nearest to you:
- Your Form I-20
- The SEVIS Fee receipt
- A copy of your financial support documents, i.e. evidence that you have sufficient funds to meet the expenses of studying at Anna Maria, e.g. bank statement.
- A valid passport
- Passport-size photographs
- Completed visa applications forms (Visa application forms are available on individual consular Web sites.)
An application fee and an interview will also be required.
When applying for your student visa, pay careful attention to the following:
- The U.S. Department of State has instructed U.S. consulates that they may issue an F-1 visa no more than 120 days in advance of the program start date. However, an application for an F-1 visa can be submitted more than 120 days in advance of the I-20 start date in order to accommodate long processing times. Again check the Web site of the consulate where you will apply for a visa for detailed instructions.
- You must pay particular attention to the starting date noted on this document (Item #3), as you must enter the U.S. by this date. If you cannot enter the U.S. by this date, the Office of the Registrar.
- In addition, you may enter the U.S. no more than 30 days prior to the starting date noted on the I-20 Form. If you try to enter the U.S. more than 30 days before the start date on your I-20, you may not be permitted to enter the U.S.
- Your I-20 (sent to you in the mail from Anna Maria College after you have been admitted) is required when applying for an F-1 student visa at an American Embassy or Consulate and for entry into the United States. This I-20 has been produced by Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS) and is an acknowledgement that your record is in the SEVIS system. The form includes your SEVIS ID number, which is the number in the upper right hand corner above the bar code (usually starts with an N).
- All new students coming in F-1 status must pay a $200 SEVIS fee prior to applying for your visa.
4. Please fill out the Transfer Release Form if you are an incoming International student with a valid F-1 visa in place. The following additional requirements are also necessary to transfer your F-1 Visa.
- You must currently be maintaining F-1 status
- You must have an offer of admission from Anna Maria College
- If you already graduated or completed OPT, you must still be within your 60-day grace period
The start of classes at your new school must be within 5 months of one of the following:
- academic program completion at Anna Maria College
- last day of enrollment at Anna Maria College (if not graduating from Anna Maria College)
- OPT authorization end date
- For students not completing OPT period, the requested SEVIS I-20 transfer/release date
- If the period of time between F-1 activities is longer than 5 months, your SEVIS record is not eligible for transfer. Your new school must issue a new initial I-20 with a new SEVIS number.
5. If you are in the United States during the summer, plan to attend one of our Summer Orientation Sessions.
If you are planning to arrive in the fall, New Student Orientation and Resident Move in will take place from September 1 to September 4. Additional information will be sent during the summer!
Obtaining a Massachusetts Drivers License
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A Special Message for Students From Canada
Canadian citizens do not need visas to study or participate in an exchange program in the U.S. However, Canadian students do need to obtain an I-20 (or DS-2019) Certificate of Eligibility from the university, school or exchange program they plan to attend. Upon receipt of the I-20 (or DS-2019), the student will be registered with SEVIS, the student tracking system, will be assigned a SEVIS number, and will be required to pay a registration fee. When crossing the border to begin their study or exchange program in the United States, the student will need to provide the Officer at the port of entry:
- A Canadian passport;
- The original I-20 (or DS-2019) certificate;
- Proof that the SEVIS fee has been paid;
- Proof of ability to pay school fees and living expenses in the United States
- Proof of ties to Canada.
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