Follow the steps below to obtain F-1 Student Visa status with Gordon College. The Director of International Initiatives and Operations is here to help you through this entire process. Please feel free to contact her or your Admissions Counselor with questions.
Will You Need a Visa to Enter the U.S.?
If you are not a U.S. Citizen or a U.S. Permanent Resident, you may be required to obtain an F-1 Student Visa to come to the United States as a documented non-immigrant and Gordon College student.
Which type of incoming international student are you?
Foreign citizens who are currently OUTSIDE of the United States for high school or college must obtain an F-1 Student Visa before they will be permitted to enter the United States and attend Gordon College.
Foreign citizens who are ALREADY IN the United States for high school or college must continue maintaining their active F-1 Student Visa status to attend Gordon College. Or, if you are currently in a dependent-visa status (such as F2, R2, or H4), you have a choice to keep or change your status. If you want, we can help you seek a “change of status” to F-1 visa status. Alternately, if you are currently an F-1 student, we will help you transfer your SEVIS record to Gordon College.
Foreign citizens who are ALREADY IN the United States for high school or college, but who do NOT have active visa status of some kind, are typically unable to get F-1 Visa status while remaining in the U.S. These students should seek guidance of outside legal counsel for case-by-case advice. Please note that DACA, TPS, and other non-visa students are welcome to attend Gordon College.
The F-1 Visa itself is a physical sticker (or stamp) in your passport. It serves as your “entry document” into the United States. After you have entered the United States using an F-1 Visa stamp, you will be considered to be “inactive F-1 status” during the duration of your time as a student at Gordon, as long as you obey the regulations pertaining to your visa status. For more information, please see the U.S. State Department website for Student Visa information. During International Student Orientation, we will go over all of the important rules and regulations pertaining to your F-1 status.
OBTAINING A U.S. VISA:
Step 1: Your International Student Deposit
Accepted students may secure their spot by sending an International Student Deposit payment to Gordon College. Your specific dollar amount requirement is listed in your official Financial Award Letter from the Office of Student Financial Services at Gordon College. You may also contact your Admissions Counselor to learn the specific dollar amount required for your deposit, and to learn about paying your deposit by wire transfer or by check.
Next, your Admissions Counselor will send you an email to confirm that the Financial Office at Gordon College received your deposit payment. Please email your Admissions Counselor for more information.
Step 2: Your Initial I-20
After you have paid your International Student Deposit payment, we will create and mail you the Initial I-20 paperwork.
You will have an individual record and identification number in the US government computer system for international students, which is called the Student & Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS). Or, if you are currently in the US for high school or college as an F-1 Visa student at another school, your SEVIS number will probably remain the same; in this case, we simply transfer your SEVIS record from your current school to Gordon College.
Step 3: Your I-901 SEVIS Fee
Step 4: Your Visa Interview
Step 5: Your Travel Arrangements
It is a good idea to wait until you have your visa before you make your travel arrangements.
When COVID restrictions are lifted, a Gordon College driver will be available to pick you up (no charge) at Boston Logan International Airport when you arrive, if you will be traveling by yourself. Alternately, you may choose to make your own arrangements to arrive on campus (for example, in a rental car if you are with family).