Passports, Visas, and Other Information
Your passport is your official travel document that serves as a formal permit to travel in a foreign country, allows for returning into your home country, and assists as a form of proof of identification. Each student must obtain a passport and an F-1 student visa from their home government under whatever regulations that government establishes for traveling out of the country.
If you do not yet have a valid U.S. F-1 student visa, you must apply at the U.S. Embassy or U.S. Consulate with jurisdiction over your home country of permanent residence. Since this process can take a long time, you should begin the application process as far in advance as possible. Holidays (e.g., Christmas and New Year’s) and the summer often create long delays.
To apply for a U.S. F-1 student visa at a United States Embassy or Consulate, you must present:
- A valid passport
- A completed application form (available for free from all U.S. Consulate offices or at http://travel.state.gov)
- The required fee (US$200)—Form I-901 and a proof-of-payment receipt (for more information, see below)
- One photograph (1.5 inches square or 37 by 37 mm) showing your full face
- A Certificate of Eligibility—the I-20 form sent from NCCC after your application paperwork is completed
- Evidence of proficiency in English
- Evidence of adequate financial resources ($19,000 minimum U.S. equivalent)
- Evidence of ties to your home country
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security requires personal interviews for most U.S. visa applications. Please remember:
- To expect your interview to be conducted in English
- Not to bring friends or family to the interview; you must speak on your own, be familiar with your academic program at NCCC, and answer why you wish to study in the United States
- To make a good impression in a short time; consulates are very busy places
- To answer questions about your “ties to your homeland” and about your plans to return
- To verify that you have enough financial resources to support yourself (minimum $19,000 U.S. equivalent per year)
International students must pay a $200 SEVIS fee (Form I-901) before applying for a visa. You can pay the fee online to the Department of Homeland Security. Consulates will not issue your visa if you do not produce a receipt showing that the fee has been paid.
Please refer to the information provided in these links: