ATTAINING F-1 STATUS:
How to Apply for an F-1 Visa
If you are currently outside the U.S. and would like to become a student in the U.S., you may apply for an F-
1 visa. For the most current, accurate, and detailed information on how to apply for an F-1 visa, visit here.
STEP 1: APPLY TO ACC TO OBTAIN A FORM I-20
To obtain a Form I-20, you will first need to apply to ACC as an international student.
A complete application packet will include:
International Student Application
$75 Application Fee
Proof of English Language Proficiency
International Student Financial Statement
Proof of Financial Resources
Proof of High School (Secondary) Graduation
Photocopy of Passport Identification Page
Emergency Contact Information
After ACC receives a complete and acceptable application packet, you will be admitted to ACC as an
international student and issued a Form I-20.
STEP 2: COMPILE YOUR DOCUMENTS
Form DS-160 (complete the application online and print the application form confirmation page)
One 2x2 photo (see here for photo requirements)
Form I-20 signed by both student and DSO
Passport valid for at least 6 months beyond the intended period of stay
Proof of payment of the SEVIS I-901 fee (see here
Visa application fees, including MRV visa processing fee and any applicable visa reciprocity fees
(see here for details)
Detailed financial support documents
Proof of academic status (admission letter, transcript)
Proof of English language proficiency
STEP 3: INTERVIEW AT A U.S. EMBASSY OR CONSULATE
Find a U.S. Embassy or Consulate here and schedule an interview. For information on current wait
and processing times, visit here.
Prepare for your interview. Be prepared to articulate:
Why you want to go to the specific school (ACC)
What you plan to study
How you plan to use your education when you return to your home country
Your intention to leave the U.S. after your studies are complete
Attend your interview, remain calm, and answer all questions openly and honestly. Bring all
required documents to the interview.
STEP 4: ENTER THE U.S.
If your visa application is approved, congratulations! You may enter the U.S. no more than 30 days before
your program start date. Be sure to carry your documents in hand while you travel.