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Basic requirements for a Student Visa

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International Students must fulfill the following requirements to be eligible for an F-1student visa:

  • Prove they have been accepted by a school for an Academic program, Certificate or a Degree course.
  • Demonstrate English language skills are proficient enough to complete their studies if attending a college or university, or show that the school will provide them with adequate English language training.
  • Provide proof / evidence that they have adequate financial resources to pay for their school fees, materials, health insurance, transportation and living expenses.
  • Provide supporting evidence that they will return to their own country once they have completed their studies.

Procedures for applying for the F-1 Visa

A visa renewal will require that you request a new I-20 form three weeks prior to your departure date.

  • Students requiring a new F-1 Visa are subject to the SEVIS I-901 fee before appearing at the U.S. Consulate. Students may pay this fee on-line at (remember to print your receipt)
  • Contact the nearest U.S. Embassy or U.S. Consulate to apply for and schedule an appointment /interview for your student Visa. You will need your Sevis I-901 fee payment receipt. It is important that your plan early, since there may be a waiting period of a few weeks between your appointment and going to the interview.

For your interview you will need the following items:

  • SEVIS I-901 Payment Receipt
  • Passport
  • The visa application form & 1.5" photos
  • The Sevis I-20 Form issued by the school that accepted you, along with originals and/or photocopies of your financial support documents.
  • You will be required to have an interview, in English, with a visa officer. Expected questions asked of you by the visa officer MAY include:
    • "Why do you want to study in the United States?"
    • "Why do you wish to attend Irvine Valley College?
    • "What subjects do you want to study?"
    • "What are your plans after you return to your home country?
    • Listen carefully to all questions the Officer asks and respond politely.
  • Upon completion of the interview, you will be informed whether or not your application has been approved. If you are granted the visa, you will have to return a few days later to pick up your passport, which will have the photo-copies of your financial documents attached. You will need these when you enter the United States. The name of your school will be written on your visa.
  • When arriving to the U.S. you must attend the school indicated on your Visa. If you decide to attend a different school, you must re-apply for a new visa.
  • If your application is denied, your passport will be stamped and you may receive a second interview. You should ask the visa officer for the specific reason why you were denied. You may apply again only if you have new evidence to support your application.

Verification of Admission to a U.S. college, institution or language program may be demonstrated by the following:

Your receipt of an acceptance letter and a Sevis I-20 Form. These are documents you will need to show the U.S. Consulate to prove that you have been accepted by a Sevis approved certified school.

If you receive a Sevis I-20 Form from a school that you do not plan to attend, you could return the form to that school.


Christina Delgado
International Student Program Director

Maria Lopez
International Student Program Specialist

David Chang
International Student Program Technician

Julia Rozova
International Student Program Technician

T: 949-451-5414
O: Student Services Center, Room SSC 140 


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