This section presents issues related to making application by international students to study in America. It covers the application process for Wesleyan Christian School, government requirements, financial issues and a number of other areas of interest to students and their parents.
Before making application to Wesleyan Christian School, it is required that the Parent/Student Handbook be reviewed. This handbook describes the mission statement, classroom code of conduct, dress code, attendance requirements, disciplinary policy, school operating hours, grading scale, etc. The handbook is online at under the admissions drop box at: www.wesleyanchristianschool.com.
Once a potential student has a good understanding of Wesleyan Christian School and wishes to be considered for entry into our International Student Program, there are several steps and many forms required by the United States Government before a student can be granted nonimmigrant student status. The first step is to apply. Following are standard forms which must be completed and forwarded to the WCS International Student Director at to begin the application process.
1. Complete a Student Application. Wesleyan Christian School International Student Application can be found at www.wesleyanchristianschool.com (Admissions drop box and International Student link) and should be sent to Mrs. Pat Wright at [email protected] A non-refundable application fee of $250 (US) is due at the time the application is submitted.
Money order, bank draft, wire transfer, or personal check for application fee and enrollment are accepted or you can pay on line @www.payonline.wcs.org/now. Instructions for wiring of fees are located at www.wesleyanchristianschool.com/tuition and fees. Keep in mind that payment must clear the bank before the school can act upon the application.
2. Provide copies of the following with all documentation written in English: * Valid passport * Birth Certificate (In English, notarized) * Immunization records and health forms * School transcripts including recommendation from current teacher
Once the application and fee has been received, the next step is to schedule an interview with the International Student Director. This interview may be conducted by SKYPE or in person. After the student interview, the admissions committee will determine if Wesleyan Christian School is a good fit for the applicant and if the applicant meets the admission requirements. The Admissions Committee is responsible for deciding if applicants will receive acceptance.
After acceptance by the WCS Admissions Committee the international student must pay the following fees and obtain the following government required forms:
An I-20 Form is a “Certificate of Eligibility for Nonimmigrant (F-1) Student Status.” When a student has been accepted at Wesleyan Christian School and proper documentation presented, WCS will issue the student an I-20 Form. The student will then take this form, along with the SEVIS I-901 form, to the American Embassy in his/her country to obtain a visa. The I-20 Form contains a student’s personal data and WCS information. It also contains the date the student is expected to begin and complete their studies in the U.S.
When the student enters the country, page one of the I-20 form is taken by Immigration. The last page should be kept with the passport at all times. If the student leaves the country, the I-20 must be signed by the school principal or superintendent. If this is not signed, the student will not be allowed to re-enter the U.S.
Steps to receiving an I-20 are:1. Acceptance of student by WCS Admissions Committee 2. Receipt of I20 fee of $250 (US) 3. Receipt of International Student Deposit of $1,500 (US). (This will be applied to the first year’s tuition) If a Visa is not approved, the $1,500 deposit will be refunded. 4. Submit to Wesleyan Christian School official documentation of funds available to cover all expenses involved in attending school and necessary provisions for the student during his/her time in the U.S. This documentation will serve as proof of financial responsibility and may include letter from an employer or letter from a bank.
Once fees have been paid and proof of financial responsibility has been demonstrated, WCS will send the student a Form I-20 and enter it into the U.S. Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS).
SEVIS I-901 Form and FeeStudents who have been issued an I-20 form must pay a SEVIS I-901 fee to the Department of Homeland Security. The fee may be paid through a special website, via Western Union, or by mail. Follow the application steps as shown at http://www.ice.gov/sevis/i901/. For this you will need your I-20 number, which is at the top of the I-20 form you received from Wesleyan Christian School. You may pay the SEVIS fee on line at 222.fmjfee.com and print the form I-901. See SEVIS for further information on how to pay the fee.
When this step is completed, you need to obtain a Visa.
A visa is issued by the country an individual wishes to visit and simply indicates that your application has been reviewed by a U.S. consular officer at an American embassy or consulate and that the officer has determined you are eligible to enter the country for a specific purpose. A visa allows you to travel to the United States as far as the port of entry (airport of land border crossing). Only the immigration officer at the point of entry has the authority to permit you to enter the United States.
The visa for a nonimmigrant student should say “F-1.” An “F-1” visa is issued to students who are attending an academic program and the student is required to maintain the minimum course load for full-time student status. For more information on a VISA visit http://studyinthestates.dhs.gov/.
Students should note that Embassies and Consulates are able to issue a student visa 90 days or less in advance of the course of study registration date. It is important to thoroughly review all information on the specific Embassy’s Consular Section website for local procedures, instructions, and process times.
Steps for obtaining a Visa. To obtain a visa, the student and parent (s) must schedule an interview at the U.S. Embassy and bring the following: 1. Form I-20 2. Form I-901 3. Financial documentation required by SEVIS 4. Letter of full acceptance from Wesleyan Christian School
Upon completion of these items, and after receiving financial requirements, the family can begin to make travel arrangements. Please do not book travel prior to this time!