The third page of the EFL Application Form is an application for a Form I-20 (Certificate of Eligibility), a document issued by the EFL program to a student who meets EFL admission requirements and provides proof of sufficient financial support to study in the program. A student admitted to the EFL program uses the Form I-20 to apply for an F-1 visa. If you have any questions about visas, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
International students expecting to study in the United States must obtain a visa. EFL students coming from outside the United States should obtain an F-1 Student Visa. According to federal regulations, full-time study in the US is not permitted on a B-1/B-2 Visa, an F-2 Visa or a visa waiver.
All students intending to apply for an F-1 visa with a Form I-20 issued for "Initial Entry" must pay the SEVIS I-901 fee. The SEVIS fee must be paid and fully processed before the applicant arrives at the consulate for the visa interview. You can complete the Form I-901 online at www.fmjfee.com. The form is also available in PDF format for printing and downloading at www.ice.gov/sevis/i901. If you print out the form, you can send it by mail or courier. The EFL program strongly recommends that students use the online version and pay electronically in order to reduce processing time.
You must be able to show proof of payment of the SEVIS I-901 fee when you apply for your F-1 visa.
Requirements for Obtaining an F-1 Visa
Contact the US Embassy or Consulate in your country to find out specific requirements for obtaining an F-1 Student Visa. Generally, you need the following items:
-Form DS-156: Non-Immigrant Visa application. All males between 16 and 46 and some female applicants will also have to complete Form DS-157
-Form I-20 for an F-1 Student Visa
-Proof of payment of the SEVIS I-901 Fee
-Admission letter to the EFL Program
-Financial support documents
-Evidence that you intend to return to your home country upon completion of study (job, family business, strong family ties)
-Visa application fee, if required
Upon Arrival to the United States
At the US port of entry, an immigration officer will ask to see your
-original Form I-20
-evidence of financial support
-I-94 Arrival/Departure card (usually given to you to complete on the plane)
-proof of payment of the SEVIS I-901 form
The immigration officer will stamp and take a part of the I-94 card and should return the other part to you. He/she will also stamp your I-20. If the immigration officer forgets to stamp your I-20, you must request the stamp. You will have problems using your I-20 as an official document if it is not stamped. You must arrive in the US before the reporting date printed in Section 5 on the I-20 form. The immigration officer can refuse entry to the US after that date.
If Georgetown University issued the Form I-20 you are using to enter the US, you must attend a minimum of one session at Georgetown before you can transfer your I-20 to another school.
Application for the EFL Programs
Download the application for the Intensive English, American Language and Culture (ALC) and American Conversational English (ACE) programs here.