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Frequently Asked Questions

How long will it take to get an I-20?
When an International Student Application is received in our office, it must be reviewed by a professional admissions staff member and documents are checked for accuracy and eligibility criteria. The application is usually reviewed within one week after it is received in our office.

After the review time, applicants are notified by letter of the admissions decision. If you are an overseas applicant, you should expect to receive your answer from us within about a month after submitting the documents. Local applicants within the United States will usually be notified sooner.

The use of e-mail has reduced the length of time applicants may have to wait to hear from us. However, it is important to understand that verification of foreign documents requires a more complicated process and applicants need to plan ahead to schedule their admissions and start date accordingly.

If you are approved for admission, you will receive the Form I-20 Certificate of Eligibility to attend Moraine Valley Community College. If you are not approved, you will be notified of the reason. Contact the international student services specialist for information.

Can I submit some documents now and some later?
Students who submit incomplete applications and are expecting a partial review of these documents cannot be accommodated with a document-by-document evaluation. The requirements for application are clear, and students must comply with these. When a complete application is submitted, you can expect a more timely review and response If an incomplete application is submitted, you will be notified of this determination and your admission will be delayed. It is recommended that you submit all your required documents together in one envelope if you wish a timely and efficient processing of your application.

Will you notify me if there is a problem? 
Yes, the notification letter will be sent out and will inform you if there is a missing or incomplete document. You can expect to receive this in the mail within one month after submitting your application packet to us.

Will you e-mail me about my application?
We will not e-mail you immediately, but would be happy to respond to your e-mail questions. However, please do not e-mail us until we have time to review your application. After the two-week review period, you may wish to contact us to request an update on the status of your application. For questions about your application, contact us at international-admissions@morainevalley.edu.

Can I arrive early before my classes begin?
You are allowed to arrive early, up to 30 days before classes begin. However, we do not provide the airport pick up service or host home placements until the week before International Student Orientation begins. The Arrival Dates recommended for each semester are posted in the section for Newly Admitted Students.

I am already in the country and I want to register. What should I do?
If you are in the United States, and you have your own housing already, or you will be assisted in your housing by a local relative, we may invite you to come in and take your required English tests at an earlier date, before the International Student Orientation Week. Contact the international student services specialist to notify us of your early arrival in the area, and we will schedule an early test and advising appointment.

For more information, contact international-admissions@morainevalley.edu