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Admission Process

Most universities in the U.S. have very similar admission processes. 

APPLICATION DOCUMENTS

The first step in the admission process will be to get the required documents to the school so they can review them and hopefully, issue you an acceptance letter.  Most schools require the below general application documents:

PROCESSING SCHOOL APPLICATION:

Once the admissions office receives an application packet from you, we will email you a user ID and password so you can keep track of the process via the student portal. You should contact our office, if you do not receive a user ID and password to access your online status

When admissions has a received a complete application packet, we will send your application packet to the school.  Note: we will only send a complete packet to the school. 

You can expect to receive notification of acceptance to the program approximately two to three weeks after the university has received the complete application packet.  Depending on the school's work load, this notice may happen sooner or later than the two-three week period.

You will need to start the online Visa Orientation and U.S. Regulation course as soon as you submit your application packet.  This course will give you a review on the visa interview process and an overview of U.S. immigration regulations. 

ISSUANCE OF THE I-20:

Once you are accepted, the school will enter your information into the SEVP database (SEVIS) and will issue you an I-20.  The I-20 form is known as the Certificate of Eligibility for Nonimmigrant (F-1) Student Status for Academic and Language Students. The form is a United States government document issued by a SEVP certified school. The form is issued and signed by the Designated School Officer (DSO) indicating a student has been accepted to the school for a specific major and start date.  The form has a SEVIS ID number which the government can use to track the whereabouts of a student after they arrive and register to the U.S. issuing school.  Once students receive their I-20 form, they must pay a SEVIS fee using the SEVIS ID number, and then they are eligible to attend a visa interview with a U.S. Visa Consular Officer.

The I-20 will not be released until you complete the online US immigration Review course.

If you are working with an agent, you should also consult with him/her regarding the visa interview process. Your agent should be able to guide you in filling out the correct forms.

RECEIVING THE I-20:

Upon receiving acceptance from the university, you will be required to make any refundable deposits (as noted in the Estimate of Cost sheet) after which the I-20 can be released.

Please contact your agent or our admission office for acceptable ways to make the deposit.

ENGLISH PRACTICE

We recommend you practice your English. This will not only be important for the visa interview, but it will also be detrimental in your success in school, as well as determine what kind of internship employment you are able to receive in the U.S.(if you are in an internship option program)

PAY SEVIS FEE

You will need to pay the U.S. Government SEVIS fee before you go to the visa interview.  Website where you can pay for your fee:  https://www.fmjfee.com/index.html.  If you are not able to pay online because you lack a credit card, then work with your agent and have them help you pay the fee. If you do not have an agent, then you should contact our admission's office and we can assist you in making the payment.

The SEVIS I-901 fee is mandated by Congress to support the program office and the automated system that keeps track of students and exchange visitors and ensures that they maintain their status while in the United States. Each student or exchange visitor issued an initial Form I-20 or

DS-2019 on after September 1, 2004 is responsible for paying this fee to SEVP.

In order to pay SEVIS, go to the following URL: https://www.fmjfee.com/index.html  After you pay the fee there will be an electronic confirmation page. You will need to make sure and print this page to take with you to the visa interview. NOTE: you can not pay this until your I-20 has been issued and you have the SEVIS ID number from your I-20

VISA INTERVIEW

After you have received your originail I-20 from from the school and you have paid your SEVIS fee, you can attend the visa interview.  Most consulates you need to make an appointment for the interview.  Check with the U.S. Embassy in your area for more information on the visa interview procedures for your country.

MORE ON SEVIS

Transferring SEVIS

To transfer the SEVIS I-901 fee payment information from one SEVIS ID number to another, students need to mail or e-mail SEVP. SEVP will consider the request and determine if the fee can be transferred. Students need to put Fee Transfer in the subject line of their request.

Students need to provide SEVP with their full name, date of birth, the SEVIS ID number that the student originally paid on and the SEVIS ID number the student wants to transfer the payment to. Students need to explain why the fee needs to be transferred. It will help speed the request if the student includes a copy of the original receipt or the receipt number. Students need to include information on how to contact them if there are any questions.

Checking payment status

If you go to https://www.fmjfee.com/index.html  and click on the check on the "status" button, it will show whether the fee actually was paid. If applicant does not yet have a receipt for the interview, then, applicant can print the status page and use that for the visa interview.

Problems with SEVIS payment

If there are any problems paying the fee, or any corrections needed, the email address for

SEVIS is: FMJFEE.Sevis@dhs.gov. The applicant should use the subject line to identify the problem or correction.

 

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