This process is for students who need to change a different non-immigrant visa status to student visa. Follow the below steps to apply to Columbia College and request an I-20. You should MAKE AN APPOINTMENT to discuss whether a Change of Status is possible in your case.
Step 1. Application
Step 2. Request I-20
Step 3. Request Change of Status
Step 4. Bank Statement
- Provide a personal bank statement which must be dated within six months of the start date of the program.
- Ending balance of bank statement must be over $28,000 to enroll in ESL program
- Ending balance of bank statement must be over $30,000 to enroll in Associate Degree program
- If you have a sponsor, please download the Affidavit of Support Form. Your sponsor completes and signs the form.
If you apply as F-2 for your dependent, you should show an additional $5,000 in your bank balance per dependent.
Step 5. Proof of Completion of High School level education
- Provide evidence that you have completed the equivalent of a U.S. high school education.
- Copy of your high school or your secondary school diploma OR
- Copy of your college or university transcript
Step 6. Passport
- Copy of your valid passport
- Copy of your current visa
- Submit I-94 form and any immigration documentation you have for your current status
Step 7. Application Fee
- Submit application fee
- International Student Application fee of $100 (non-refundable)
- Tuition Deposit: one session’s tuition (Non-refundable: $150 + *Defer Fee)
[*Defer Fee: charged $50 every session after the initial I-20 starting date]
- Fee payment options:
- Credit Card: Submit Credit Card Authorization Form (Foreign Transaction Fee, $60, is charged)
- Wire Transfer
All Application forms and documents should be delivered to the International Student Admissions.
International Students Admissions
8620 Westwood Center Dr.
Vienna, VA, 22182
Phone: (703) 206-0508
Office Hours: Monday through Friday, 9:00 am to 5:30 pm
Step 8. Pay the SEVIS fee
- Pay the SEVIS fee (http://fmjfee.com)
- Don’t forget the Applicant’s name, signature and date on the bottom of Original initial I-20.
Step 9. Apply for change of status at USCIS
- Receipt of SEVIS fee to show payment
- Form I-539, Application to Extend/Change Nonimmigrant Status. (http://www.uscis.gov/i-539)
- If you are changing status from B-1, B-2, or F-2 status, you cannot begin your studies prior to approval of their change of status.
- B-1 or B-2 visitors should file for an extension of status if their B-1 or B-2 status will expire while their change of status applications are pending with USCIS or before the study program start date.
- There is no other factor that requires you to depart the U.S. prior to making a reentry based on a different classification. (ex. A USCIS officer may determine that you should obtain a new visa prior to being readmitted into the U.S.)
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