INTERNATIONAL STUDENT APPLICANTS

Fei Tian College is authorized under U.S. Federal law to enroll eligible nonimmigrant students under the F-1 nonimmigrant visa classification for its undergraduate and graduate degree programs. The Office of International Services is the primary resource for F-1 international students seeking advice on matters related to their F-1 status, including visas, passports, I-20s, and more. Each F-1 student is responsible for complying with F-1 regulations and consulting the Office when matters that may affect the student’s status arise.

International Application and Entrance Procedure

International applicants follow the regular admissions procedure. As a special consideration, however, the College may grant international applicants permission to send samples or videos of their performances in lieu of a live audition.

Upon being admitted to the College, international students will receive in their admissions package important travel and F-1 information and an I-20 application Form. If a student decides to enroll in Fei Tian under the F-1 visa classification, the student must submit to the Office of Admissions and Records a completed I-20 application and required supporting documentation, along with a completed Intent to Enroll Form.

Upon review by the Office of International Services, the College will create an initial Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS) record and issue a I-20 Form to the student.

It is the student’s responsibility to sign the I-20 Form and keep it safe, pay the required I-901 SEVIS fee (refer to www.ice.gov/sevis for detailed information), and obtain an F-1 student visa (see Section 6.2) if the student is not currently studying in the U.S. with an active F-1, or unless he or she is from a visa-exempt country (i.e., Canada or Bermuda).

After entering the United States, all international students must report to the Office of International Services within 30 days of the program start date listed on the I-20 Form to validate their intended participation at the College. Failure to do so may invalidate a student’s legal status in the U.S.

International students are required to keep all versions of their I-20 Form and their passport, visa (or I-94 for Canadian/Bermudan citizens), and other official documents in a safe and accessible place and pay attention to their respective expiration dates.

Applying for an F-1 Student Visa

The following categories of students must obtain an F-1 student visa issued by the Department of State at a local U.S. consulate or embassy:

  • International students outside the U.S. who are not citizens of a visa-exempt country
  • International students in the U.S. but not in a legal status that allows them to study, except those from a visa-exempt country

Students must complete the online DS-160 visa application (https://ceac.state.gov/genniv) and schedule an appointment for a visa interview. The following documentation must be brought to the interview:

  • I-20 Form from Fei Tian College, and any old I-20s
  • Printed confirmation page from the Form DS-160 “Online Nonimmigrant Visa Application”
  • Passport valid for at least six months after the student plans to enter the United States
  • Recent passport-style photograph, two inches by two inches
  • Receipt for the I-901 SEVIS fee payment
  • Receipt for the visa application fee payment
  • Evidence of sufficient funds to cover tuition and living expenses for at least the first year of study (e.g., Scholarship Award Letter from Fei Tian College)
  • Admission letter from Fei Tian College
  • Fei Tian College Catalog
  • Transcripts and diplomas from previous study

Students from visa-exempt countries need not apply for visas at their local U.S. consulates, and should instead bring the relevant documents to the U.S. port of entry and apply for F-1 nonimmigrant student status upon entering the United States.

Transferring

F-1 students currently studying at another U.S. institution (including high school) who intend to begin full-time studies at Fei Tian College must pre-arrange to have their SEVIS records transferred to Fei Tian College. In addition to the normal international admissions and entrance procedure, such students must submit a completed F-1 SEVIS Record Transfer Request Form with the completed I-20 application and required supporting documentation in order for their SEVIS records to be transferred to Fei Tian College. Contact the Office of International Services for detailed instructions.