American Language Program / Visa


Our International Student Services (ISS) office issues I-20 forms for international students to apply for an F-1 student visa. Our staff is happy to answer any of your questions; please contact us.

To assist you with the visa application process, we have created tips on preparing for your visa interview. Once you have entered the United States, you should become familiar with maintaining your status.

A Passport is needed to get your Visa

How to Apply for Your Student Visa

Visa Appointment Checklist

2 x 2 Passport Photograph

  • Your passport, which must be valid for at least 6 months after your proposed date of entry into the United States
  • Financial evidence showing you have sufficient funds to cover your tuition and living expenses during your visit
  • Completed visa application forms DS-156, DS-158; some applicants will also need to complete form DS-157
  • I-20 form and acceptance letter
  • One (1) 2" X 2" photograph for each person applying; see additional information on photo requirements
  • Receipt for SEVIS fee
  • Receipt for visa processing fee
  • Transcripts and diplomas from previous institutions attended

In addition to these items, you may need to present documentation and other evidence establishing social, economic, and family ties that will ensure your departure from the United States upon completion of your academic program.

Different Kinds of Visa

F-1 Student Visa: ISS highly recommends you obtain an F-1 student visa. This visa is designed for study in a language program or in a college/university for a degree.

B-2 Tourist Visa: We do not recommend that you obtain a tourist visa to enter the country for study purposes. A B-2 visitor visa means that the main intention is visiting the United States.

WT (Visa Waiver): If you intend to study full-time for a semester or more in the United States, do not enter under the visa waiver program. You are not permitted to stay in the country for more than 90 days. This waiver can not be changed or extended.

Please contact our office at any time and we will be happy to assist you.

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