Student Visa Process
A visa is required for all non-US citizens wishing to attend Northeast Iowa Community College. Most students apply for the F-1 non-immigrant student visa. Other types of visas (J-1 or M-1) are sometimes authorized for students.
Once the application is complete, NICC will send an I-20, Certificate of Eligibility form needed to apply for an F-1 visa at the US embassy or consulate. Apply early; this process may take several months.
The following documents will be required at the visa appointment:
- SEVIS I-20, sent by NICC
- I-901 - SEVIS and processing fee
- Official high school and/or college transcripts
- Financial guarantee letter
Once a student visa is obtained, students may travel to the US. At the immigration checkpoint, present a valid passport, student visa, completed I-94 (receive on the plane) and I-20 documentation to the port-of-entry official. Students must then report to the NICC Admissions Office; the College will then make copies of the student’s documents and report arrival with immigration.