Applying to Pasco-Hernando State College (PHSC) on a student visa Getting permission from your home country Student visa: Students wishing to study in the United States are required to apply for a student visa. The available student visas are F and M. Students who meet the admissions requirements to attend a school in the U.S. are issued an I-20 form. The student, upon receipt of the I-20 form, will meet with the U.S. Embassy or Consulate in their home country to receive approval of the F1 visa. International students wishing to apply to PHSC should follow the steps listed below: Show More Submit a PHSC application and pay the $40.00 international application fee (payable in U.S. funds). Submit a copy of their valid passport indicating an expiration date of at least six months beyond the intended period of study in the U.S. Evaluation of high school transcript indicating graduation which is equivalent to a U.S. standard high school diploma. Visit the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES) website for a list of evaluation agencies. Submit proof of finances. Student or sponsor must submit proof of a minimum of $23,515.00 on deposit in U.S. funds on the financial institution's letterhead and signed and dated by the branch manager or their representative. Submit a letter from applicant or sponsor indicating that they are financially responsible for the applicant’s personal and academic needs for the duration of study. Proof of English proficiency – if English is not the applicant’s native language, the student has to prove English proficiency in one of the following ways: Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) and achieve the following test scores paper version -523 or 69 on the iBT (Internet test) Attended and successfully completed an English Language Institute program of study Attended a U.S. high school based in their home country Graduated from a U.S. high school Achieved the General Equivalency Diploma (GED) in English Attended a U.S. college and successfully completed English Composition I & II Upon admission to PHSC, a letter of admission to the college and an initial I-20 form will be sent to the student in their home country. Transfer F-1 students: Students already studying in the U.S and wishing to transfer to PHSC must submit the following: Show More Submit a PHSC application and pay the $40.00 international application fee (payable in U.S. funds). Evaluation of high school transcript indicating graduation which is equivalent to a U.S. standard high school diploma. Official college transcript from the transfer school and any other U.S. college if applicable. Submit a PHSC visa clearance form filled out by the DSO from the transfer school. Submit proof of finances. Student or sponsor must submit proof of a minimum of $23,515.00 on deposit in U.S. funds on the financial institution's letterhead and signed and dated by the branch manager or their representative. Submit a letter from applicant or sponsor indicating that they will be financially responsible for the applicant's personal and academic needs for the duration of study. Upon admission to PHSC, a letter of admission and a transfer I-20 will be mailed to the student. Steps to get a student visa Although the process may vary or require additional steps, depending on applicant's country and embassy or consulate, applicants will need the following when applying for a student visa: Show More Application Fee: Applicant will pay a non-refundable application fee. This means that if the visa does not get approved, applicant will not get fees refunded. Form DS-160: All applicants will need to complete and submit DS-160 , the online application for a non-immigrant visa. Form DS-157: A DS-157 form for all males aged 16-45. Valid Passport: A passport valid for travel to the United States and with a validity date at least six months beyond applicant's intended period of stay in the United States. If more than one person is included in the passport, each person desiring a visa must make an application. Arriving in the U.S.: Students entering the U.S. to study for the first time are not allowed to enter the U.S. more than 30 days before the program start date indicated on the I-20 form. Students are expected to present the documents listed below to Customs and Border Protection (CBP) upon arrival in the U.S.: Show More Passport (including sealed envelope of attached immigration documents if applicable). Original I-20. Evidence of financial resources. Admission letter. SEVIS fee receipt. Once the student has been given clearance by CBP to enter the U.S., the student’s next course of action is to contact the Designated School Official (DSO) at PHSC and schedule an appointment to meet and have their file updated. Meeting with the DSO: Show More Upon meeting with the DSO, the student is asked to bring their: PHSC admission letter. Passport indicating F1 visa status. Original I-20. SEVIS receipt fee. Proof of health insurance coverage (accident/death-to transport body to home country, if applicable). All international students are charged out-of-state tuition fees. Visiting home country: Students planning to visit their homeland during winter or spring break are expected to notify the DSO of their travel plans.