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International Student Resources

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We're happy to welcome learners from any country or background! Learn about the requirements for SEVIS here!

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About the Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS)

As an F-1 student, you will become part of SEVIS upon entry into the United States. SEVIS is a national tracking/monitoring system that will allow the United States government to monitor and track various events during your program of study. Hocking College will be required to provide the following information through SEVIS:

  • Your Name, Date and Place of birth
  • Country of Citizenship
  • Local Address
  • Status (enrolled, not enrolled)
  • Date of commencement of studies
  • Degree program and field of study
  • Practical training termination date and reason
  • Documents related to your admission

You will learn more about SEVIS at orientation upon arrival at Hocking College. However, before you enter the United States, you need to understand that once you have arrived, you must be committed to following all the rules related to your status. Any violations of status will be reported to U.S. government. Students who do what is required of their status will not be greatly affected by SEVIS.


The United States Department of Homeland Security requires visa applicants to pay an administrative fee of $200 to the Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS). This fee must be paid prior to applying for the visa. If you do not pay this fee prior to applying for the visa, you will not be issued a visa for admission to the United States.

The SEVIS fee must be paid at least three business days prior to applying for your visa. The fee can be paid by mail or online and be accompanied by a Form I-901. Completing the form online will help ensure that you provide all the information in the correct format and speed processing.

Pay SEVIS Fee Online

  1. Complete the online Form I-901.
  2. Complete the form online and supply the required credit card information. Be sure to write your name exactly as it appears on your I-20.
  3. Print a copy of the online receipt.
  4. Be sure to make copies of your receipt, and keep it with your other important immigration documents.

Pay SEVIS Fee by Mail

  1. Download Form I-901
  2. Print legibly
  3. Make sure your last name and date of birth is entered exactly as it appears on your 1-20
  4. The fee amount is correct
  5. The address is where you want your receipt sent, and if you have chosen expedited delivery, it is a street address and not a post office box

Paying SEVIS Fee by Check or Money Order

  1. Download Form I-901
  2. Payment must be by international money order or a foreign draft drawn on a financial institution in the United States and payable in United States dollars
  3. Supply your name and SEVIS ID number on the check or money order
  4. Make the check/money order payable to I-901 Student/Exchange Visitor Processing Fee
  5. If you are using a coupon printed from the Internet, find the control number on top of the coupon and note it on your check or money order
  6. Attach your check or money order to your coupon or paper Form I-901

F-1 Status

F-1 status can be attained by individuals having residence in a foreign country which he/she has no intention of abandoning, who is a bona fide student qualified to pursue a full course of study and who seeks to enter the United States temporarily and solely for the purpose of pursuing such a course of study at an established college, university, seminary, conservatory, academic high school, elementary school, or other learning institution.

F-1 students are foreign students who have been granted admission to the United States to pursue a full course of study at an academic or language institution. They are granted admission to the United States temporarily for the sole purpose of study and must have a permanent residence in a foreign country that he/she has no intention of abandoning.

Student Visa Application

Once you receive the I-20, you will need to go to the nearest United States Embassy or Consulate with jurisdiction over your place of permanent residence and apply for a student visa. The U.S. Embassy or Consulate will require certain information to verify your eligibility to obtain admission to the United States as a non-immigrant student.

Evidence of the following may be required:

  • Form I-20 signed and dated by Hocking College official
  • Valid passport for travel to the United States with a validity date at least six months beyond your intended period of stay in the U.S.
  • Letter of acceptance to Hocking college
  • Sufficient financial resources to defray all living and school expenses during the entire period of anticipated study in the U.S.
  • I-901 SEVIS fee receipt

Prior to Disembarking

You should be aware that a visa does not guarantee entry to the United States. The Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) has authority to deny admission at the port-of-entry. You should be very careful to have all your documents in order upon arrival. Prior to disembarking from the airplane, the flight attendant will pass out a white-colored form called the I-94 Arrival/Departure Record. You will need to fill out all pertinent information regarding your arrival in the United States.

At the Port-of-Entry

At the port-of-entry, an INS inspector will check the I-94 and your travel documents and stamp your passport and Form I-20 to indicate the entry date, location, non-immigrant classification and length of authorized stay. The INS inspector will return to the Form I-20. The I-94 will be attached to your passport.

The officer at the port-of-entry will report your arrival to SEVIS. Hocking College will receive that report. You should plan to report to Hocking College by the arrival date on your I-20.

Contact the Hocking College International Student Center

If you have a question about the application process for international students, or about the support that Hocking College offers it's international students after admission, please fill out the form, and we'll respond within 24 hours!

Or, give us a call or shoot us an email with the contact information below:

International Student Center

3301 Hocking Parkway
Nelsonville, Ohio 45764



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