F-1 Student Visas
An F-1 Visa (Academic Student) allows a person to enter the United States as a full-time student at an accredited college. An F-I Visa "status" is a nonresident category officially granted by an immigration official.
There are two ways be become an F-1 international student: apply for a change of status from within the U.S. or apply for an F-1 visa at the U.S. consulate or embassy in your home country.
To apply for a change of status from within the U.S.:
- Apply to Ivy Tech.
- Complete the I-539 Application for Change of Status and submit it along with all required supporting documents and fees to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). Please note that Ivy Tech does not assist with filing the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) form I-539 to change your status. Please refer to the list of attorneys from the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) website for assistance.
- Pay the I-901 SEVIS Fee (learn more about this fee here).
To apply for an F-1 non-immigrant visa from within your home country:
- Apply to Ivy Tech and submit all required supporting documentation (see containers above).
- If accepted to Ivy Tech, your international advisor will issue you an I-20 form, which you will use to apply for your F-1 Visa.
- Pay the I-901 SEVIS Fee. The Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS) is a web-based system maintained by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. Learn more about this fee here).
- Contact the U.S. consulate or embassy in your home country to schedule an interview. Because each consulate is different, it is important for you to understand what supporting documents will be required at the time of your visa interview. Visit the U.S. consulate or The U.S. Embassy website for country-specific information.