Westminster College is authorized
under federal law to enroll non-immigrant students. Upon acceptance and
payment of the deposit, non-immigrant students will submit the
financial guarantee documents and request the initial or transfer SEVIS
The SEVIS Form
I-20 is a three-page document used by students to obtain an F-1 visa.
Students who are entering the United States with an I-20 for initial
attendance will need to complete the following steps:
- Payment of the I-901 SEVIS fee. The
United States Department of Homeland Security (DHS) uses SEVIS fee
payments to fund and maintain the Student Exchange Visitor Information
System (SEVIS), the immigration database used to process documents for
international students and exchange visitors during their stay in the
- Apply for the non-immigrant visa at a U.S.
Embassy or Consulate. All visa applicants must submit a completed
DS-160 Online Non-immigrant Visa Application. You will need your
passport and SEVIS ID number to complete this form.
- Schedule the visa interview.
- Pay the visa application fee.
- Prepare for and attend the visa interview.
F-1 students and their dependents are permitted to enter the U.S. no
more than 30 days prior to the report date, which #5 on the I-20 form.
Dependents (spouse or children) accompanying the F-1 student in F-2
status must have their own SEVIS Form I-20 issued in the name of the
For more information about the process and rules for studying in the United States as an international student, visit Study in the States.