The International College of Health Sciences welcomes and supports international applicants – students from countries across the world currently study at ICHS. The International College of Health Sciences is recognized world-wide for offering students a superior education taught by exceptional and caring faculty. Here you can find information on how to obtain a visa, answers to I-20 questions, and assistance with the application process.
Student and exchange visitor information system (SEVIS) is an electronic (internet) database that United States colleges and universities use to communicate international student information with the USCIS.
- Student should contact the school and apply for admission.
- After the International College of Health Sciences receives an application for admission from a prospective nonimmigrant student, we must determine if the student meets our criteria for admission and has adequate funds to meet tuition and living expenses.
- Once the student is accepted, the International College of Health Sciences will issue Form I-20 to the student. The Form I-20 (Certification of Eligibility for F-1 Student Status for Academic and Language Students), is an official U.S. government form issued by a SEVIS-approved school. This form is a paper record of the student's information on the SEVIS database. A prospective nonimmigrant student who would like to study at the International College of Health Sciences must have a Form I-20 issued by the school in order to apply for an F-1 Student Visa.
- After receiving the Form I-20 from the International College of Health Sciences the student is required to pay the SEVIS I-901 fee and obtain proof of payment before applying to the local consulate or embassy for a visa appointment. (See the SEVP Web site at http://www.ice.gov/sevis for a full list of questions and answers regarding the SEVIS I-901 fee)
- After paying the SEVIS I-901 fee the prospective student then applies to one of the following:
- The local U.S. consulate or embassy for a visa (see the DOS web site at http://travel.state.gov/content/visas/en/study-exchange/student.html for more information on student visas and applications);
- The U.S. Port of Entry directly, if the student is a citizen of a visa exempt country; or
- USCIS for a change of status to F-1, if the prospective student is in the United States in another nonimmigrant status (see the USCIS Web site at http://www.uscis.gov)
- Student has 30 days to enter the country before the program start date, which is registered in SEVIS by an official at the school. The student must contact the school once they have entered the U.S.
Some additional links that international students might find helpful are:
- SEVIS Payment
- Study in the States
- Students Abroad
- How to prepare for your visa interview
- Employment / OPT