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Steps to Get Your F-1 Visa

  1. Mail or email your application, documents, and application fee to ACE.
    www.grossmont.edu/academics/programs-departments/ace/how-to-apply

  2. ACE will mail your I-20 to you within five business days.

  3. Pay the SEVIS 1-901 Fee online ($200). Print your receipt.
    More info is here: http://www.ice.gov/sevis/i901/ and www.fmjfee.com - SEVIS I-901 Fee

  4. Make the appointment for your F-1 visa interview.
    DHS - Steps on Getting a Student Visa
    Travel.state.gov - Student Visas
    U.S. Embassies - Find Your Country's U.S. Embassy
    10 Helpful Tips for the F-1 Visa Interview

  5. If your visa is approved, purchase your airline ticket.
    NOTE: Immigration Regulations permit you to arrive in the U.S. not more than thirty days before the program start date (orientation date).

  6. Obtain your F-1 visa. Make sure the information on your F-1 visa is correct.

  7. Confirm your housing plans.
    Make hotel and airport arrival/shuttle arrangements, if necessary.
    Grossmont College International Students - Housing Info (Homestay, Apartments)
    Grossmont College International Students - Hotel Info
    Grossmont College International Students - Airport Shuttle Info

  8. Pack. Keep your passport, I-20, 1-901 receipt, ACE admission letter, and bank statement in your carry-on luggage.

  9. When you arrive in the U.S., email ACE to let us know you are here.
    See you at orientation!

ACE APPLICATION DISCLAIMER: 

American Collegiate English has relationships with international student recruitment agencies that are authorized to help students consider ACE as one of their intensive English training options. These agencies are NOT compensated by ACE on the basis of the number of students they advise who subsequently enroll at ACE. A few of the agencies are paid a small annual flat fee to provide ACE promotional materials to prospective students. A student’s application is not granted preferential treatment if the student is assisted by an agency. Students are neither required to apply with the assistance of an agency, nor will they be disadvantaged if they do not. Admissions decisions are at the sole discretion of the institution.

Last Updated: 04/21/2017

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Email: ace.grossmont@gcccd.edu
Phone: 1.619.644.7293

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