Steps to Apply for an F-1 Student Visa


International students must have an F-1 visa.


Applying from your Home Country

1. Apply to Grossmont College and receive the Form I-20 nonimmigrant document. Click here for details.


2. Pay the Department of Homeland Security SEVIS I-901 fee at and make an appointment for a face-to-face visa interview with the U.S. Embassy or Consulate in your country.


You can find additional information at the U.S.I.C.E website

You can find instructions for your specific country at

You can find tips for the interview at


3. When your visa is approved and your I-20 is returned, you are on your way!
Please read the Orientation and Arrival information. 


Remember, apply for admission to Grossmont College and your visa early! You can review the visa appointment and processing wait times at Visa Wait Times.



Welcome Transfer Students! 

Complete step 1 above. You can pick up your new I-20 at Grossmont College. Be sure to RSVP for and attend the soonest available Orientation (mandatory). 



Related Resources

International Student Application