Getting your student visa

CESL will assist students to simplify the process of obtaining the F-1 U.S. student visa. Please read this information thoroughly. If you have any questions after reading this information please email us at

  1. Submit your complete CESL application. This includes all supporting documentation (financial guarantee, financial guarantee authorization and passport copy). We will review the application for admission and then send you the form I-20 that is required for your student visa application.
  2. Pay the SEVIS fee and print your receipt. This can be paid at
  3. Obtain the information and forms from the U.S. embassy or consulate nearest to your home.,
  4. Make an appointment. Be sure you pay your SEVIS (I-901) fee prior to the appointment.
  5. Prepare for your interview carefully.

Before and during your time at CESL, please review and be aware of the policies of the U.S. Government regarding requirements for international students studying here, including policies regarding health insurance, attendance, travels, and pauses in your study (vacation [note 1 academic year = 5 sequential sessions], leaves, etc.).

US Immigration and Customs EnforcementĀ - Student Exchange and Visitor Program (SEVP/SEVIS)
Maintaining Status
Study in the States (DHS)