F-1 Student Visas

You can study for up to 96 weeks at Campus English Academy in Irvine, California

This school is authorized under Federal law to enroll nonimmigrant alien students.

The F-1 visa is a non-immigrant visa that allows international students to study in the United States. You must first be accepted by a school approved by the Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) that can issue an I-20 form. The I-20 form allows foreign students to submit an application for an F-1 visa.

Campus English Academy is authorized to issue I-20 forms, whether you are in your home country or already in the United States, and will guide you through each stage of the visa application process. 

Campus English Academy is approved to offer an English as a Second Language (ESL) Certificate program (“Intensive English Program”) that has three different levels: 

  • Beginning English
  • Intermediate English, and 
  • Advanced English

Each level is 18 hours per week, 32 weeks total. For students who take all three levels of the Intensive English Program, it will take 96 weeks to complete.

To Apply:

1. If you wish to apply for an F-1 student visa, you will need a Certificate of Eligibility (Form I-20) before scheduling a visa interview. Campus English Academy will provide a Form I-20 to students enrolled in a full-time course. To receive a Form I-20: 

  • Submit an application to Campus English Academy
  • Pay for tuition and fees
  • Submit the following documents:
    • Passport copy, and
    • Documents showing financial means for all tuition and living expenses during your time studying at Campus English Academy. Financial means can be demonstrated with:
      • A recent bank statement copy OR
      • A letter of financial responsibility and evidence of the financial sponsor’s means (for example, a copy of a recent bank statement) from a sponsor. A sponsor can be either an individual or organization.

2. Campus English Academy will email the I-20 form to the student. Students need to sign and date the I-20.

3. The student pays the Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS) fee. 

4. The student schedules an interview with a U.S. embassy or consulate. A list of embassies and consulates is available here: http://usembassy.state.gov. It is important to schedule the appointment as soon as possible.

5. The student follows the instructions of the embassy or consulate by paying the visa application fee and completing the visa application forms.

6. The student attends a visa interview. Students should bring all of the following documents:

  • Passport (valid for at least 6 months from the date of arrival in the U.S.),
  • Form I-20 issued by Campus English Academy,
  • Enrollment Confirmation from Campus English Academy,
  • Completed visa application forms,
  • Visa application fee receipt,
  • SEVIS fee receipt,
  • Documents showing financial means,
  • If the photo upload fails in the online Form DS-160, the student should bring a photo following the guidelines listed here: https://travel.state.gov/content/visas/en/general/photos.html, and
  • Any other information demonstrating that the student will return to their home country after finishing their studies.

Students should check the website of their local U.S. Embassies for any additional requirements.