Obtaining a student visa
If your main purpose for coming to the U.S. is to study, you will need a student visa. A student visa allows you to study full-time in the United States.
An I-20 is a document that means you have been accepted to study at an educational institution in the U.S.. Trinity International Schools is authorized under federal law to enroll non-immigrant alien students. To apply for an I-20, you must complete the following steps:
- Fill out your I-20 application and NEW K-12 Student Application and follow the instructions.
- Send in your completed I-20 application to:
or e-mail to Montoninil@trinitylv.org
- Fax current school academic records to United States: 702-784-0192
Once you have completed the online application you will be contacted by the school office.
- The program start date on the I-20 issued by Trinity International Schools is usually a few days before classes begin. This allows a few days of time for review of school records, testing, placement and orientation. Students may NOT enter the United States after the start date on the I-20. If you need to enter later, please contact the school so that we can update your I-20, allowing you to enter later.
- Students may enter the United States up to 30 days BEFORE the start date on the I-20. For example, if the start date on your I-20 is 08/24/2011, you may arrive in the U.S. between 06/25/2011 and 08/24/2011.
The SEVIS I-901 fee is mandated by Congress to support the program office and the automated system that keeps track of students and exchange visitors and ensures that they maintain their status while in the United States. Each student or exchange visitor issued an initial Form I-20 or DS-2019 on or after October 27, 2008, is responsible for paying this fee to SEVP.
You can apply for a student visa at the U.S. Consulate in your country. For information about the new SEVIS fee (I-901) and useful links for obtaining a visa visit on-line at www.fmjfee.com.
- Your I-20 from Trinity International Schools and your receipt of SEVIS Fee (Form I-901).
- Proof that you have enough money to live and study in the U.S. This can be a copy of your bank statement, a copy of your parent’s bank statement, or information from the person or organization that will support you.
- Proof that you plan to return to your country after you study in the U.S. This can be evidence that you have a family you wish to return to or a carrier plan that will be utilized in your country.
- Proof that you are a serious student. If possible, bring copies of your school records.
- A study plan. Write a letter that describes your plan for study in the U.S. and your plan to return home.
Upon entry in the United States, an F-1 student must maintain status. The F-1 regulations begin immediately upon entry and continue until final departure. A student is admitted for Duration of Status (D/S).
- Report to the Designated School Official (DSO) with your original I-20 for SEVIS registration and your completed Trinity International School Registration Packet upon arriving in the country.
- Be attending the school you are authorized to attend.
- Be registered full time as a student.
- Follow transfer procedures if applicable.
- Abide by the F-1 grace period regulations.
- Apply for a timely extension of stay, if necessary.
- Report change of address to the PDSO within 10 days of the change.
- Maintain a valid passport.
- Refrain from unauthorized employment.
- Make normal progress towards completing a program of study.
- Depart the U.S. in a timely manner.