This section is for prospective students who need to apply for a non-immigrant F-1 student visa. Whether you are applying for your first U.S. student visa or renewing a visa that has expired, you should do so at the earliest opportunity.
Applicants for student visas should generally apply at the U.S. embassy or consulate with jurisdiction over their place of permanent residence. Although you may apply at any U.S. consular office abroad, it may be more difficult to qualify for the visa outside your country of permanent residence.
Initial/beginning students: Please note that embassies and consulates are only able to issue your student visa 120 days or less before the start date indicated on your I-20.
Initial/beginning students: If you are coming to the United States on a new I-20, you cannot enter the U.S. more than 30 days before the start date indicated on the I-20. Please consider this date carefully when making travel plans to the U.S.
Student visitors should be aware that a visa does not guarantee entry into the United States. The U.S. Customs and Border Protection (USCBP) has the authority to permit or deny admission. Student visitors must have their Form I-20 in their possession each time they enter the United States.
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Find out more about our Transfer Agreements(pdf).
Foothill is now an
iTEP Test Center.
Instead of TOEFL/IELTS,
Take iTEP for admission.