Newly Admitted Students
Entry Status of
information below provides specific instructions for new students. Please review
carefully the instructions pertaining to your current applicant entry status.
Applicants residing outside
the United States who need to obtain the F-1 student visa
Applicants residing inside
the United States, and currently attending another school, who wish to
transfer to Moraine Valley
residing inside the U.S., legally on a
different visa, who wish to become full-time students and change
Applicants Outside the U.S.
Your Student Visa and Form I-20
If you have been issued a Form I-20 Certificate of Eligibility from Moraine
Valley, you will need to visit a U.S. Embassy or Consulate for obtaining your
F-1 student visa. This document is your proof that you have been officially
admitted to a college or university, and you will need it to obtain the correct
Please make an appointment with the closest
U.S. Embassy or Consulate and make sure you tell them it is for an F-1 STUDENT
VISA. There may be special fees, interview procedures
and processing times. Contact the U.S. Embassy or Consulate in your home country
which is most convenient for you. You may find the locations for student
visa issuance at the U.S. Department of State
Preparing for your interview at the U.S.
You must be able to prove to the U.S.
Embassy or Consular official that you can afford your education in the U.S.
Be prepared to bring CURRENT FINANCIAL SUPPORT documents to prove that you,
your family or sponsor has more than enough money to support you. The visa
officer also may ask for information about your academic background, and
academic records to see if you have adequate preparation or ability to
succeed in an academic program in the U.S.
You may provide information about your
family, parents' occupation, employer, property ownership or other evidence
of family connections in your home country. Information that might show your
home country opportunities after you finish your degree could be helpful.
Student applicants must show ties to the home country, and plan to return.
Be prepared to discuss the reasons for
choosing Moraine Valley, and your academic plans and goals, since the
visa officer may wish to discuss these with you. You want to be able
to demonstrate that you made a good decision for your education and that you
really are prepared for your education in the U.S. We recommend that
student applicants be prepared, honest and friendly.
After you receive your student visa, you are
allowed to enter the United States up to thirty days before the
beginning of the semester. However, Moraine Valley is not able to assist new
students arriving directly from overseas with arrival or housing if you arrive
early. Students who choose to arrive early must make their own
arrangements for arrival and housing. We are prepared to assist students
with arrival and housing ONLY on the scheduled arrival dates.
You are required by the United States
Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) to report to the college by the date shown on
the Form I-20. This date is usually the first date of the required International
Student Orientation Program.
Applicants Who Want to Transfer
You must submit a copy of your previous
school Form I-20 to Moraine Valley, and official proof of school enrollment,
with a transcript or grade report from your previous school.
You must sign and ask your current
International Student Advisor to complete the Moraine Valley Transfer
Eligibility Form. Make sure they have sent or faxed it to us.
You must have your
previous school record "released" prior to beginning classes.
Please speak with your current Designated School Official.
Upon arrival at Moraine Valley, you must
complete Immigration requirements to process a legal transfer from
your current school. To complete these requirements, you must report to the
Office of International Student Affairs with your Moraine Valley Form I-20, WITHIN
THE FIRST 15 DAYS OF ENROLLMENT. This procedure requires that you
meet with the college's Designated School Official to obtain the appropriate
signature and notation on your Form I-20.
Failure to complete the school transfer
requirements will affect your legal F-1 status. This must be completed
with 15 days of enrollment.
For Applicants in the U.S.
Who Wish to Change Visa Status and Become an International Student
The ability to change your visa status within the U.S. is currently under review
by the United States Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS). You may wish
to consider traveling home to obtain the F-1 student visa prior to studying.
Applications to change status typically take 4-12 months to process. The
following is for your general advice and information only. You may wish to
consult an experienced immigration attorney as well.
AS OF APRIL 12, 2002,
applicants in the U.S. on the tourist/business visa B1/B2 may NOT enroll in
school until AFTER the application to change to student visa status is approved
and received back from the U.S. Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration Services.
Other visa holders (J, H, M, etc.) may be allowed to enroll after submitting the
application, and must be aware of and comply with all student visa regulations
while the application is pending. Please consult Moraine Valley Office of
International Student Affairs regarding your specific requirements.
Students who are ALREADY in the United
States and wish to become a student must have a current legal passport (not
expired), and must provide the college with photocopies of the passport data
pages, visa, and the white I-94 card issued at entry to verify current legal
Students who will NOT
travel outside the U.S. prior to enrollment, and who have a B visa, J visa,
H visa or other legal status, and have been issued the Form I-20 by Moraine
Valley, should process a Form I-539, Application to Extend/Change visa
status with the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service in a timely way
to maintain legal standing.
The Form I-539 can be downloaded from the
U.S. Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration Services Home Page at
The current fee is $290 to submit this application.
Applicants who are attempting to change
status in the U.S. are advised to file their applications within the 45-day
period PRIOR to the current status expiration date as shown on your I-94
The timing of change-of-status applications
to the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services is crucial. DO NOT
OVERSTAY your current visa status without traveling outside the U.S. or
submitting an application for an extension or change to the appropriate
office while your current visa status is still valid. This is
absolutely crucial; applicants who overstay the current visa status are
INELIGIBLE for a change.
Please feel free to call our office at (708)
974-5540 or e-mail the international
student services specialist to discuss this matter or for more information
regarding this procedure if you are currently in the U.S.