The Visa Waiver Program (VWP) is a program of the United States Government which allows citizens of specific countries to travel to the United States for up to 90 days without having to obtain a visa.
Citizens of visa waiver countries may travel for tourism, business, and for intensive language programs NOT to exceed 18 hours per week . Citizens of the following countries may enter the United States with no visa and remain in the United States for up to 90 days:
Visa Waver Country
- Andorra Australia Austria Belgium Brunei Brunei Chile Czech Republic Denmark Estonia Finland France
- Germany Greece Greece Hungary Iceland Ireland Portugal San Marino Singapore Slovakia Slovenia
- South Korea Spain Sweden Italy Switzerland Japan Latvia Liechtenstein
- Lithuania Luxembourg Norway Netherlands Netherlands New Zealand Malta Monaco Taiwan* United Kingdom
Change of status
We can help you change your B-1 (tourist) status or J-1 (work) visa to an F-1 (student) status. Usually the whole process takes between 45 to 90 days to be completed. We will be with you step-by-step to make sure you do everything correctly.
1. Complete the essential information on the Online Application Form.
2. Send to San Diego English School an original bank statement of $3000 United States dollars.
3. Pay San Diego English School $350 regarding to Application and Placement Fee + change of status fee.
4. You need to pay $290 to USCIS, you can use check or money order.
5. You must go online and pay the “SEVIS fee” (I-901) at least three days before the student’s appointment at the American Consulate.
Q & A
No, however if you come on a tourist visa, you may only study part-time (less than 18 hours per week). If your primary purpose for entering the U.S. is to study, it is in your best interest to get an F-1 (student) visa.
An F-1 visa is an immigration document that permits a foreign citizen to come to the U.S. to study full-time for a temporary period of time.a.
You must first apply to San Diego English School. If eligible for admission, San Diego English School will issue an “Initial Attendance” Form I-20. Upon receipt of Form I-20, you will need to pay the SEVIS I-901 fee online at www.fmjfee.com. Then you can schedule your visa interview. The SEVIS I-901 fee supports the system that tracks students and ensures they maintain their visa status while in the U.S. After paying the fee, you will then need to visit the U.S. Embassy/Consulate in your home country to get an F-1 visa.
From the time San Diego English School receives your application fee, it takes 1-3 weeks for you to receive the I-20 documents via regular international mail. If you request that we expedite your I-20 (recommended), it will be sent via FedEx. Please refer to Tuition and Fees for current FedEx charges.
Upon receipt of Form I-20, you will need to pay the SEVIS I-901 fee online at www.fmjfee.com.Then you can Schedule your visa interview with the US embassy/consulate. Please make sure you submit the application form found online: https://ceac.state.gov/genniv/
Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to let us know that you are coming.
Please contact us. If needed, we can re-issue another I-20 so you may schedule another visa appointment. Please email us at email@example.com
The length of time printed on your I-20 is pre-determined by the course you are taking and not by the number of weeks you will be studying with us. If you end your course before your I-20 expiration date and do not re-enroll, your I-20 will be shortened to reflect your early end date. If you want to stay for the full length of your I-20, you will have to pay for an extension of your course and continue to maintain full-time studies during the extension. After your last day of study you will be permitted a grace period of 60 calendar days to transfer to another school or depart the U.S.
According to U.S. government regulations, you are not eligible to work with an F-1 visa.
You have up to 30 days before the start date listed on your I-20 to enter the U.S.
STUDENT VIS APPLICATION PROCESS
The following is a step-by-step description of the F-1 Student Visa application procedures. Please follow the instructions very carefully, click on the links below or visit the websites for more information. Let us know if you need any assistance.
Make copies of your receipt and keep it with your other important immigration documents. The fee must be paid online at least three business days prior to the interview date to ensure that the payment can be deposited and recorded in SEVIS. The interviewing officer at the Consulate or Embassy will confirm that the fee has been paid by accessing the SEVIS system.
During the interview, remain calm and answer all the visa officer’s questions openly and honestly.
You must sign and date item 11 on page 1 of the Form I-20.
SEVIS is a web-based Immigration system for maintaining information on international students. Your Form I-20 was issued in the SEVIS system and has a unique SEVIS ID number in the upper right corner of page 1.
• Go to http://fmjfee.com
• Complete the Form I-901 online and provide the necessary credit card information to pay the SEVIS fee.
**Important: write your name exactly as it appears on your Form I-20!
• Print a copy of the online receipt.
The electronic visa application form can be found online at https://ceac.state.gov/genniv/It is important to follow the instructions very carefully and make sure to save your data regularly.
Follow the instructions on your local U.S. Embassy or Consulate’s website to pay the visa application fee.
Contact the U.S. Consulate or Embassy in your area and follow their instructions to schedule an interview for your F-1 visa interview. A list of U.S. Consulates and Embassies can be found at http://usembassy.state.gov
Here is a checklist of all documents you need to prepare and bring to your visa interview:
• Your passport (must be valid for at least six months from your expected arrival date in the U.S.)
• Original Form I-20
• Letter of Acceptance
• Form DS-160 (confirmation page)
• One 2×2-inch (5.08×5.08 cm) passport photograph in the correct format: htp://passport_correct_format
• A receipt for the visa application fee
• A receipt for the SEVIS fee
• Financial evidence (bank statement, etc.) that shows you have sufficient funds to cover your tuition and living expenses during the period you intend to study.
• Any information that proves that you will return to your home country after finishing your studies in the U.S. This may include proof of property, family, or other ties to your community, letter from your employer or school, etc.
After you receive the F-1 visa, you can enter the U.S. up to 30 days before the starting date on your I-20, but no later than that date. Contact us immediately if you need to change the starting date.
The Form I-94 is the Arrival /Departure Record, in either paper or electronic format, issued by a Customs and border Protection (CBP) Officer to foreign visitors entering the United States. After April 30, 2013, most Arrival/Departure records will be created electronically upon arrival. Instead of paper form, the visitor will be provided with an annotated stamp in the foreign passport. If provided a paper form, the admitting CBP Officer generally attaches the I-94 to the visitor’s passport and stamps the departure date on the form.