Applying for an I-20 Certificate of Eligibility
To obtain a student visa from the U.S. government, you must first apply to New York Language Center for an I-20 Certificate of Eligibility which verifies that you will be attending school in the United States. Please note that you MUST enroll in NYLC's Intensive Language Program (ILP) in order to qualify for an I-20 Certificate of Eligibility.* Please read and follow the instructions below.
To apply for a Certificate of Eligibility, please send us the following:
Reserve your seat for the Intensive Language Program (ILP). Click here to register online.
*Students applying for a student visa MUST enroll in NYLC's Intensive Language Program to satisfy the U.S. requirement that all students holding a student visa be enrolled in a minimum of 20 hours of coursework per week.
Please pay the following:
If for any reason, you are denied a student visa by the United States Consulate or Embassy, you may apply for a refund of the tuition deposit. However, the application fee and mailing fee are non-refundable. In order to apply for the tuition refund, you must return the original I-20 form or submit to NYLC a copy of the letter of denial from the American Consulate or Embassy.
3. Evidence of Financial Support
You must prove to New York Language Center and the U.S. consul that you are financially qualified for a student visa. With the enrollment form and payment, please submit notarized documentation to prove financial support of at least $18,000 (or $20,000 for Midtown school). Submit copies of these documents to New York Language Center, and keep the originals for your visa interview at the American Embassy.
Required Documentation (notarize and provide U.S. dollar equivalents):
Recommended Documentation (notarize and provide U.S. dollar equivalents):
Mail or fax copies of these documents, with a copy of your passport, to:
Tel: +1 (212) 268-6500
The F-1 Visa Interview
If you qualify, New York Language Center will provide you with the completed I-20 Form along with a cover letter addressed to the U.S. consul. (Please allow at least 5 working days to process the application and send the I-20 Form). After you receive the I-20 Form from NYLC, you must contact the American consulate or embassy in your home country to schedule a visa interview. When scheduling the interview, be sure to ask what fees and documents the embassy requires for the student visa application. Currently, the fees you must pay to the U.S. government are the $200 SEVIS I-901 fee, payable at www.fmjfee.com after you get your I-20, and an approximate $140 visa application fee payable to the U.S. Consulate.