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Applying for Visa

Last updated on Feb 22, 2023

International students typically require an F-1 student visa in order to enter the U.S. to attend CCA (exceptions include citizens of Canada and Bermuda). Plan to apply for your visa as early as possible to allow for various delays and processing time. You can check the estimated wait times for visa appointment on the U.S. State Department website.

Application Process

Although the visa application process may vary from country to country, generally each applicant will go through the following. Consult your local U.S. embassy or consulate for specific instructions.

  1. Complete the I-20 Request on Workday so that CCA can issue you an I-20 Certificate of Eligibility Form
    (Must be admitted & paid enrollment deposit)
  2. Pay SEVIS I-901 fee online (make sure you save receipt)
  3. Complete the DS-160 Nonimmigrant Visa Application (make sure you save the confirmation page)
  4. Pay visa application fee as instructed by your local U.S. embassy or consulate
  5. Schedule your visa interview at your local U.S. embassy or consulate

What to Bring to Your Interview

  • I-20 Certificate of Eligibility Form
  • SEVIS I-901 Fee Receipt
  • Visa Processing Fee Payment Receipt
  • DS-160 Application Confirmation Page
  • Print out of CCA Admission Letter
  • Passport (valid for at least six months)
  • Photograph (2 in x 2 in / 5.1 cm x 5.1 cm)
  • Scores from standardized tests, such as TOEFL and SAT
  • Transcripts or diplomas from previous schools you have attended
  • Proof of sufficient funds, such as a bank statement, scholarship letter, affidavit of support to cover study and living expenses throughout your intended period of stay in the U.S.

Tips for your Interview

Expect your interview to be brief and conducted in English. Be clear, honest, and remain calm. The consular officer will want to know that you have intent to return to your home country. Be prepared to explain your academic reasons for coming to the U.S., ties to your home country, financial status, and future plans.

Example of possible questions may include:

  • Why do you want to pursue a degree in the U.S.?
  • Why did you choose to study at this particular college?
  • How do you plan to use your education when you return?
  • How do you plan to fund your education in the U.S.?