How to apply for your F-1 Student Visa
1. Apply to Columbia School of English
All students are required to apply to Columbia School of English first. Please apply online through our online application and attach these two documents:
Once we have received your application, necessary documents and application fee, we will email you our admission decision within 24-36 hours. If you are accepted into our program, we will send your acceptance letter and a I-20 Form.
3. Paying your SEVIS I-901
Once you have received your I-20 from Columbia School of English you must pay the $200 fee towards SEVIS (Student and Exchange Visitor Information System). SEVIS is an Internet-based system that allows schools to share the status and records on a student’s F-1 visa. This information is shared with the US department of Homeland Security (DHS), the Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) and the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).
The $200 fee can be paid online with a credit card at www.fmjfee.com. After paying the fee you must print the fee receipt and attach it to your Form I-20. This fee must be paid before you go to your visa interview appointment.
4. Applying for your F-1 Visa
After paying your SEVIS fee and receiving your I-20 from Columbia, you now must complete an application for an F-1 student visa. Once you have completed the application you must set up an appointment with you nearest US embassy to make a visa interview appointment.
You must bring the following with you to your interview:
For more visa information or questions visit travel.state.gov.