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I-20 & Visa Status Information

Please submit all the necessary documents by the deadline date for the semester in which you plan to enroll. The College will not issue the I-20 until all admission documents are on file with the International Student Services office and the student has been officially accepted to the College.

Facts about I-20:
  • New international students being issued an I-20 from a school in the U.S. will be required to pay a Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS) fee.
  • The SEVIS Form I-901 online completion provides a brief explanation of the fee requirement and procedure to pay online. For more detailed information on the fee payment process, go to Immigration and Customs Enforcement and review the Frequently Asked Questions.
  • Transferring International Students (with a current I-20 from another school in the U.S.) will not be charged another fee, if transfer is approved from both the current and new school.
  • International students must establish themselves in full-time status and maintain a grade point average of at least 2.0. These requirements must be met and maintained; otherwise, you will lose your F-1 (Student Visa) status.

Facts about F-1 Visas:
  • To obtain the F-1 Visa while applying from abroad; after you have been notified of your acceptance to CCD, you must take the I-20, a valid passport, a Form I-901 SEVIS fee receipt, and separate financial support documentation to the American Embassy or Consulate in your country.
  • International students on F-1 Visas DO NOT qualify for financial aid or statewide scholarships.
  • All international students on F-1 visas must register and complete a minimum of 12 semester hours per semester and complete their educational objectives within a reasonable period of time (usually two to three years).

2003 USCIS Photo Standard:
    In accordance with language specified in the Border Security Act of 2003, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has changed the photo requirements for all applicants from a three-quarter face position to a standard, full-frontal face position.

    • USCIS will no longer accept a three-quarter position photograph.
    • All photos must be of just the applicant.
    • Where more than one photo is required, all photos of the person must be identical.
    • All photos must meet the specifications for full frontal/passport photos and must be no more than 30-days old when an application is filed.
    • For more information on photo standards, visit the Department for State or contact the USCIS National Customer Service Center at (800) 375-5283.

For more information, contact Admissions at (307) 382-1648 or
(307) 382-1600 or toll free (800) 226-1181