Admissions and SEVIS I-20 Application Process

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Manchester Community College (MCC) is authorized by the United States Government under the Department of Homeland Security and United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), to enroll academically qualified international students into all associate degree programs at the college.

F-1 international students entering the United States will be admitted to Manchester Community College for the fall and spring semesters of each academic year and must attend full time (12 or more credit/semester hours), and must maintain their full-time status to remain eligible for the duration of their F-1 visa status. Manchester Community College is not a language institute and doesn’t issue SEVIS I-20’s for intensive English language studies. Manchester Community College doesn’t issue SEVIS I-20’s for M-1 status.

The admissions application and all relevant documentation for requesting a SEVIS I-20 must be submitted to the  International Student Affairs office [Designated School Official (DSO) or Principal Designated School Official (PDSO)] at Manchester Community College. The deadline for the fall semester is May 31 and the deadline for spring semester is September 30 for all initial and transfer F-1 students. All relevant information requested to complete the application process for a SEVIS I-20 must be provided by the aforementioned due dates. Applicants not being able submit the requisite documentation by the due dates for the semester they have applied for, will be considered for the following semester and will have to submit the updated financial documentation. However, the deadline/s can be extended for students transferring from a college/university within the US on a case-by-case basis each semester. Manchester Community College is an open enrollment institution and students are admitted into their degree programs upon completing the college’s application process.

Admissions and SEVIS I-20 Documentation

The following documentation must be provided by the prospective student before a SEVIS I-20 can be issued by Manchester Community College.

If a student is transferring from a college/university in the US

If a student has a sponsor in the US

Important: The Affidavit of Support (USCIS Form I-134) is a legally enforceable contract. The sponsor/person should be at least 18 years old and a US citizen or a permanent resident. The Affidavit of Free Room and Board can only be completed and duly signed by the sponsor/person who has completed the Affidavit of Support (USCIS Form I-134) for the student applying for a SEVIS I-20.

Records of high school education, including subjects taken and examinations passed, must carry the official seal of the educational institution attended and must be sent directly to Manchester Community College from the awarding institution. Student copies are not eligible.

Students seeking to have an evaluation of their educational studies attained outside of the US need to have an official evaluation completed and sent directly to the Admissions Office. The list of the NACES (National Association of Credential Evaluation Services) where students can receive and evaluation can be found at https://www.naces.org/members. Non-English credentials must be translated and officially verified indicating the U.S equivalency and graduation date by the awarding institution. Manchester Community College accepts college credit or high school graduation as acceptable equivalencies evaluated by the NACES members.

Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) Exam

Since instruction at Manchester Community College is in English, it is required that students have an adequate knowledge of the English language to pursue a full-time course of study. If English is not the official language spoken in the student’s host country, the TOEFL exam should be taken by the applicant and passed with a minimum score of 173 for the CBT (computer-based test), and 70 for the IBT (internet-based test). Please contact the Test Centers for more information at www.toefl.org. A International English Language Testing System (IELTS) score of 5.5 is also acceptable.

Students transferring to Manchester Community College from another US college or university may be exempt from taking the TOEFL or IELTS if they meet one of the following equivalents.

  • Completed 30 or more credits in a US college or university, with at least 2.00 grade point average
  • Successfully passed a college- or university-level English course with a grade of “C” or better
  • Received a 450 score on the College Board verbal SAT, or scored into English Composition on the Accuplacer assessment test

Financial Documentation Requirements

All new international students are required to show proof that funds are guaranteed for the first year of study. Please ensure that adequate funding will continue to be available from the same or equally dependable sources for subsequent years. The student may be asked to show proof of this at their visa interview. This proof can come from several different sources (personal, family, university, business, etc.); however, the student must be sure to have supporting documents for each of the sources of funding. Below are the requirements for each type of documentation. The student should obtain two copies of ALL documents: one for the student’s own records, the second for the student to bring with them when applying for their visa stamp at the US Embassy or a US Consulate in their home country and to show upon their your entry to the US, or to submit to USCIS if the student is submitting an application for a Change of Status (COS). The student may be required to show original financial documents at their visa appointment, at the Port of Entry, or to USCIS if the student is submitting their Change of Status (COS) Application. Please note that all funds must be liquid assets;  stock/mutual/retirement accounts/properties are not considered liquid assets.

Important: International students are not eligible for Manchester Community College Scholarships in their first semester.

Bank Letter or Bank Statement Guidelines

  • Must be dated within the last six months;
  • Name of account holder must be present;
  • Amount of money in the account must be listed;
  • Must be in English, or include a certified English translation;
  • Type of account (e.g. savings, checking, time deposit) must be included;
  • Type of currency must be included;

Financial Documentation to be Submitted by Immediate Family in the Student’s Home Country

First-time admitted students who intend to apply for an F-1 visa in their home country and F-1 transfer students (who are maintaining an F-1 status and have a valid SEVIS I-20 from a US college or university and intend to transfer to Manchester Community College) are required to submit financial documentation to be eligible for an issuance of a SEVIS I-20.

Bank Letter or Bank Statement – A signed statement from an officer of the bank or financial institution in which the parent or family member has cash deposits to cover the current MCC tuition and fees, books and supplies, transportation, room and board, health insurance, and all other expenses that are necessary to cover the costs for one full year, which is approximately $32,500, giving the following details regarding the parent or family member’s account:

  • Date the account was opened
  • Total amount deposited for the past one year
  • Present balance

Financial Documentation to be Submitted for Own Sponsorship in the Student’s Home Country

First-time admitted students who intend to apply for an F-1 visa in their home country and F-1 transfer students (who are maintaining an F-1 status and have a valid SEVIS I-20 from a US college or university and intend to transfer to Manchester Community College) are eligible to provide their own sponsorship if they can document that they have a current savings bank balance equal to cover the current MCC tuition and fees, books and supplies, transportation, room and board, health insurance and all other expenses that are necessary to cover the costs for one full year, which is approximately $32,500, giving the following details regarding their own Personal Account:

  • Date the account was opened
  • Total amount deposited for the past one year
  • Present balance

An Affidavit of Support (USCIS Form I-134), indicating sponsorship by a citizen, or a permanent resident, residing in the United States, who will be responsible for the tuition and fees, food, housing, books, clothing and medical expenses.

The Affidavit of Support (USCIS Form I-134) is a legally enforceable contract. The sponsor/person should be at least 18 years old and a US citizen or a permanent resident. The Affidavit of Free Room and Board can only be completed and duly signed by the sponsor/person who has completed the Affidavit of Support (USCIS Form I-134) for the student applying for a SEVIS I-20.

Supporting Evidence: The student must submit original documentation showing evidence of income and resources with the Affidavit of Support.

  • Bank Letter or Bank Statement – A signed statement from an officer of the bank or financial institution, in which the sponsor has cash deposits the current MCC tuition and fees, books and supplies, transportation, room and board, health insurance, and all other expenses that are necessary to cover the costs for one full year, which is approximately $32,500, giving the following details regarding their own personal account. However, if the sponsor plans to provide free room and board, the sponsor is required to provide a signed statement from an officer of the bank or financial Institution, in which the sponsor has cash deposits the current MCC tuition and fees, books and supplies, transportation, health insurance and all other expenses  (minus room and board) that are necessary to cover the costs for one full year, which is approximately $20,000,  giving the following details regarding their own personal account. The sponsor will also provide the Affidavit of Free Room and Board duly notarized by a Notary Public.
    • Date the account was opened
    • Total amount deposited for the past one year
    • Present balance
  • Employer’s Letter –  a signed statement from the sponsor’s employer on business stationery showing:
    • Date of employment and nature of employment
    • Salary paid
    • Employment status. Sponsors must have a permanent full-time position, and have been working for at least six months, to be eligible
  • Affidavit of Free Room and Board Form: Duly notarized by a Notary Public in the US
  • If Self-Employed:
    • A copy of the most recent quarterly income tax return for the current fiscal year
    • Report of commercial rating concern indicating that the business is currently operational, or Connecticut Department of Revenue Services tax registration

Proof of Immunization

Proof of vaccination and/or immunization must be provided to the Registrar’s Office before the student can register for classes. (This document is not required for the issuance of a SEVIS I-20).

For F-1 Transfer Students Only

International Student Transfer Clearance Form and an Official Clearance and Release from the transferring institution through SEVIS.

Tuition, Fees and Living Expenses (Estimated)

The F-1 status students with SEVIS I-20 are required to maintain full-time academic status (12 or more semester/credit hours) during each semester at Manchester Community College. All students on a US Department of State non-immigrant visa status (F-1 visa) are required to pay the out-of-state tuition for the duration of their academic status.

Tuition and Fees per Semester (estimated) (Fall 2020 and Spring 2021)
Expense Estimated Cost
Tuition $5,976
Fees $778
Total (per semester) $6,754
Full year $13,508

 

Living Expenses (estimated)
Expense Estimated Cost
Room and board $12,500
Books, health insurance, transportation etc. $6,000
Total $18,500

 

Total Expenses for One Year (Estimated for Students Living Independently)
Expense Estimated Cost
Tuition and fees $13,508
Living expenses  (room and board, books, health insurance, transportation etc.)  $18,500
Total $32,008

 

Total Expenses for One Year (Estimated for Students with Room and Board provided by a US Sponsor)
Expense Estimated Cost
Tuition and fees $13,508
Expenses (books, health insurance, transportation etc.) $6,000
Total $19,508

 

International students on an F-1 visa must pay their tuition and fees by the due date and/or before the start of each semester. Please note that international students on an F-1 visa are not eligible for a payment plan for their tuition and fees.

Refunds

In order to receive a refund, the student/sponsor must return the original SEVIS I-20 issued by the DSO/PDSO to Manchester Community College. Tuition is fully refundable if the student withdraws from their classes one day prior to the start of classes and a 50 percent refund during the first 14 calendar days of the semester. NO REFUNDS are issued after the first 14 calendar days of the semester. Please note that student Fees are NON-REFUNDABLE.

Manchester Community College is a commuter school and has no dormitories/residence halls and unfortunately cannot make any housing or transportation provisions. If the US Sponsor intends to furnish room and board to the F-1 international student during his/her stay in the US for the duration of the student’s F-1 visa, it must be indicated by the US sponsor on Question 38 and Part 7, on the USCIS Form I-134 (Affidavit of Support). In addition, the US sponsor must complete the MCC “Affidavit of Free Room and Board Form” duly notarized by a Notary Public in the US and submit the same with the student’s Admissions application.

Additional Information

SEVIS I-20s are issued by the DSO (Designated School Official) and/or the PDSO (Principal Designated School Official), for a maximum of two years. It is the responsibility of the student and/or sponsor to submit the SEVIS I-20 with any other supporting documentation to the proper United States Government officials and/or agencies for F-1 official approval. F-1 international students are required to show proof to the DSO/PDSO of F-1 visa and/or SEVIS I-20 status approval by the United States Government for attendance at Manchester Community College before they can register for classes.

Please refer to the college catalog or web site for further information regarding academic programs, college policies and procedures. The International Student Affairs office reserves the right to revise these policies and procedures whenever necessary, subject to policy and procedural changes made by the United States Department of State, the Department of Homeland Security, US Citizenship and Immigration Services, the State of Connecticut, the Connecticut State Colleges and Universities system and Manchester Community College. We are here to assist our students in achieving their academic and career goals.

Contact

Mailing Address

Manchester Community College
International Student Affairs
Great Path, MS #12
P.O. Box 1046
Manchester, CT 06045-1046
Email: MA-International@manchestercc.edu

Prospective and New Students, Issuing of SEVIS I-20s and First Semester Students

K. Umesh Vig
Director of Student Affairs Operations/DSO
Student Services Center, SSC L156
Phone: 860-512-3204
Email: UVig@manchestercc.edu

Continuing Students

Samantha Plourd
Associate Director of Admissions/DSO
Student Services Center, SSC L156
Phone: 860-512-3214
Email: SPlourd@manchestercc.edu

Sara Vincent
Director of Enrollment Management/PDSO
Student Services Center, SSC L156
Phone: 860-512-3212
Email: SVincent@manchestercc.edu

Apply for a Visa Stamp

Pay the SEVIS Fee

  • Newly admitted students must pay a one-time SEVIS fee (also known as the I-901 SEVIS fee) before they can apply for an F-1 visa.
  • The SEVIS fee is not a college fee, and it is in addition to any fees you might be required to pay at a US consulate. Dependent family members are not required to pay the fee.
  • Once the SEVIS fee has been paid, you will apply for a US visa at a US embassy or consulate outside of the US The only exception is for Canadian citizens, who do not need an F-1 Stamp to enter the United States but who must still request an I-20 and pay the SEVIS Fee.

Scheduling Your Appointment

For information on scheduling your visa appointment and to find the consulate or embassy nearest to you, visit the US Consulates and Embassies Abroad website. Many consulates and embassies provide online appointment scheduling.

Visa processing times vary widely depending on the country and time of year, and some applications may undergo a rigid and time-consuming background check. If you are subject to a background check, there is little Manchester Community College can do to speed up the process. Therefore, we suggest scheduling your appointment as soon as you receive your SEVIS I-20.

US consulates and embassies will issue F-1 visa stamps no earlier than 120 days prior to the start date listed on the SEVIS I-20. Once you receive your visa, you may enter the US no earlier than 30 days prior to the program start date. Please note that students admitted to multiple schools must decide which school to attend before applying for a F-1 visa stamp.

Required Documents

The following items are required in support of your application for an F-1 visa:

  • Non-Immigrant Visa Application Form DS-160
  • Valid SEVIS I-20
  • Valid Passport
  • SEVIS Fee (I-901 Fee) Payment Receipt
  • At least two passport-style photographs, taken recently (See the US Embassy website for specifications)
  • Proof that you have permanent residence outside the US
  • Current and original financial documentation
  • A copy of the marriage certificate and/or birth certificate if your spouse and/or child are applying for the F-2 separately

Visa Delays

Processing times and delays vary by US Consulate/Embassy. A vast majority of visas are issued within days of a visa interview/appointment. Anyone applying for a visa may be subjected to an administrative processing delay or background check that may take several weeks.

Please look at the information on the Department of State Website for the Embassy you are interested in to determine the standard processing times.

Port of Entry and Arrival

Plan Your Arrival

All F-1 students may not arrive to the US more than 30 days before the start date on their SEVIS I-20. If a student decides to come earlier than this, the student will enter as a tourist and must leave the United States so that the student may re-enter in the correct F-1 visa status no more than 30 days before the start date listed on their SEVIS I-20.

US Customs and Border Protection Inspection

Upon inspection, the US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Officer will ask for several documents:

  • Manchester Community College-issued SEVIS I-20
  • A valid passport (valid six months into the future)
  • A valid F-1 Stamp (placed inside the passport at the consulate or embassy abroad)

These documents should be kept with the student at all times. The student should be prepared to present these documents to CBP upon arrival (this will happen before the student has access to his/her checked luggage, so please plan accordingly).

Entry Stamp Specifications

It is very important that this entry is recorded correctly, and the student may need to confirm with the CBP officer about his/her entrance in F-1 student status.

  • The entry etamp should indicate a written “F-1” depicting the recorded entry status
  • The entry stamp should also note “D/S,” which stands for “Duration of Status.” This indicates that the student has been admitted to the US in F-1 status for the duration of his/her academic program. This period of time is indicated on the SEVIS I-20. If a student is not provided a “D/S” on entry, he/she should ask the CBP Officer for clarification

Electronic I-94

US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has rolled out an automated I-94 (record of admission) process.

  1. When you enter the US through a port of entry, you will no longer receive a paper I-94 card
  2. An electronic copy of the I-94 will be available online at www.cbp.gov/I94 after your arrival to the US

This electronic copy will be printable and still necessary when proving immigration status or applying for benefits such as driver’s license or Social Security number. We highly recommend that the student prints a copy of each I-94 record shortly after his/her arrival to ensure that he/she is maintaining a record of this travel.

Having Trouble?

Tips for accessing your I-94 card online:

  1. Try entering the student’s name exactly as it appears on his/her passport
  2. Try entering the student’s name exactly as it appears on his/her visa stamp
  3. Try entering the date the day before the student actually entered the US
  4. Try entering the date the day after the student actually entered the US

Additional Resources

Pre-departure Information

Consular Resources