F-1 Visa Information

Obtaining a F-VISA
Students may obtain an F-1 visa by visiting a U.S. embassy or consulate and presenting a form I-20 (Certificate of Eligibility) issued by the school they plan to attend. F-1 students are expected to attend the school which issued the I-20. Any students transferring from another American educational institution to WCU on the F-1 visa should consult the advisor at IPS upon arrival at the university. F-1 students will be granted permission to remain in the U.S. until the completion date noted on the I-20 form provided they maintain full-time enrolled status. It may be possible to apply for an extension, if necessary.

Maintaining Status

Program Extension


Completion of Program


Students please note: make an appointment with the SEVIS Coordinator when you are prepared to apply for either curricular or optional practical training.


Change of Status

Travel In/Out of the U.S.


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