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American Collegiate English

F-1 Visa - Steps

  1. Mail or email your application, documents, and application fee to ACE.

  2. ACE will mail your I-20 to you within five business days (usually within two days).

  3. Pay the SEVIS 1-901 Fee online ($350). Print your receipt.
    More info is here: and - SEVIS I-901 Fee

  4. Complete the DS-160 Online Nonimmigrant Visa Application. Make the appointment for your F-1 visa interview. Prepare for and complete your interview!
    DHS - Steps on Getting a Student Visa - Student Visas
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    10 Helpful Tips for the F-1 Visa Interview

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

  6. 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 (as listed on the I-20). 

  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!


American Collegiate English and Grossmont College have relationships with international student recruitment agencies that are authorized to help students consider ACE as one of their intensive English training options. A few of these agencies are compensated by ACE for an appropriate student referral who enrolls in ACE. 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: 09/26/2019


American Collegiate English
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