F-1 Student Visas

International students who are not in the United States must obtain the F-1 student visa to study in the U.S. This includes international students enrolling in an academic program at a university, college, seminary, conservatory or another academic institution, including an English language program.

You must apply to Austin Community College through the International Student Office to obtain admission and the immigration document Form I-20, which is needed to apply for the F-1 student visa with the United States Embassy or Consulate in your home country.

View the application requirements.

F-1 Student Life Cycle

1. Submit Application

Apply as an F-1 New Student to ACC using the International Student Application.

2. Receive Acceptance Packet

The application packet includes your Form I-20, acceptance letter and welcome guide via email. Print and sign your I-20 for your visa appointment.

Pay the I-901 SEVIS fee

Pay the I-901 SEVIS fee at least three days before your visa appointment.

Apply for the F-1 Visa

Confirm you have the required documents and schedule your visa interview following the instructions on the website of your nearest U.S. Embassy or consulate in your home country.

Travel to the United States

Once you arrive in Austin, check in at the International Student Office within 48 hours.

Maintain valid F-1 status

Follow the requirements to maintain your F-1 eligibility while studying at ACC. The rules affect the number of credits you’ll take each semester and work restrictions. View F-1 Employment Basics and Eligibility.

Explore future educational options

You can explore transferring to a four-year university or applying for Optional Practical Training (OPT).

Depart the United States

You have 60 days to depart the United States after graduating from a degree or certificate program at ACC or after completing Optional Practical Training (OPT).

Adapted from Study in the States International Student Life Cycle.

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