International Student Services

Apply for F-1 International Student Visa

You can apply for an F-1 International Student Visa once you have received admission to Los Angeles Pierce College (LAPC). The F-1 Visa is a nonimmigrant visa. A visa allows you to travel to a United States (U.S.) port of entry for a specific purpose and request permission to enter the U.S. However, a visa does not guarantee entry.

Visas are issued through the U.S. Department of State at the U.S. Embassies and consulates. Non-immigrant visa application instructions are available on the U.S. Embassy or Consulate website where you intend to apply.

A video, available on Study in the States website, walks students and exchange visitors through the steps of paying the I-901 SEVIS fee by payment in U.S. dollars by credit card on, or by check, money order or Western Union. You will need your I-20 is issued from LAPC. Print and save your I-901 SEVIS fee payment receipt.

Apply for an F-1 International Student Visa using the DS-160, Online Nonimmigrant Visa Application form. You must contact the U.S. Embassy or U.S. Consulate’s office for exact information regarding documents needed and procedures when applying.The DS-160 is submitted electronically to the Department of State. You can apply for this visa once you pay the I-901 SEVIS fee.

Fee amounts for nonimmigrant visa applications are listed on the U.S. Embassy or Consulate website where you intend to apply.

Information on how to schedule a non-immigrant visa interview can be found on the U.S. Embassy or Consulate website where you intend to apply. Wait times for an interview appointment vary by location, visa category and season.

The visa interview is your opportunity to tell the consular officer about your education plans while in the U.S. Make sure to have a clear idea why you are pursing your education in the U.S. Be prepared to explain why you chose LAPC and if your plans include transferring to a four-year university. You should also be able to explain how your education from the U.S. will help you when you return to your home country.

During your visa interview, a consular officer will determine whether you are qualified to receive a visa. You will need to establish you meet the requirements under U.S. law to receive the visa you are applying for.

Gather and prepare documents as listed on the U.S. Embassy or consulate’s website to bring to your interview. Documents include but are not limited to: Valid passport, DS-160 visa application confirmation page, DS-160 fee receipt, photo, I-901 fee receipt, I-20, evidence of financial support, English proficiency exam and any school records.

When a visa is approved, a visa issuance fee payment may be required. You will also be informed how your passport with the visa will be returned to you.

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