How to Apply for an F1 Visa

Coming to the United States for the first time to study English can seem like a frightening experience for students. However, the process is not as difficult or complicated as it seems. With AELS, you can find everything you need to know about studying English in the US, from getting the necessary documents, to visa interviews and acquisitions, to entry to the US and ongoing support for living in the US. So, please contact us via and refer to the general procedure linked below.

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Overseas Students

Please contact us by e-mail at if you have any questions. Please send admission documents to In order to be admitted to American English Language School, you must be over the age of 18 and have a high school diploma (or the equivalent).

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Transfer Students

  • Step 1. Submit Your Documents
  • Step 2. Pay the Processing Fees
  • Step 3. Fill Out SEVIS I-20 Transfer Form
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I-20 Reinstatement Process

When coming to the United States to study, you must comply with the terms of your F-1 student visa! Not following the terms of your visa can result in the termination of your I-20 Form, Certificate of Eligibility for Nonimmigrant Student Status. If your I-20 is suddenly terminated, it can leave you confused about your options, but we can help answer any questions you have about what to do next.

Change of Status

If you wish to change your status by replacing your current visa with a student visa, please contact an AELS representative after preparing the following information.

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Local Students

Even if you’ve lived here for a few years or are a long-time resident, everyday tasks can still be difficult if you don’t have good English skills. Our ESL classes teach material covering these everyday tasks and conversations that will help you communicate comfortably in most real-world situations.

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Application/Tuition Deadlines

The deadline to apply is about 4 weeks prior to the start of the quarter for which you are applying. Deadlines are set to allow students enough time to complete the visa process and pay for tuition on time.

Quarters Deadlines
1st Quarter (Starting January) December 1st
2nd Quarter (Starting April) March 1st
3rd Quarter (Starting July) June 1st
4th Quarter (Starting October) September 1st