1: The I-20 is the
"Certificate of Eligibility" form that schools issue to admitted
students who have accepted an offer of admission so they can apply for their
F-1 Student Visa in their home country.
Question 2:How can I
obtain an I-20 form?
Student application form must be filled out and returned to the International
Student Center with the required fees and documentation before an I-20 can be
issued. The I-20 is a document necessary to apply for a foreign student visa at
the U.S. Consulate in the student’s home country. Upon admission, the I-20,
along with orientation information, is mailed to the student. You can find more
information on International Admission by review the Admission Information Section.
Question 3: Can I be
admitted without a high school diploma?
3: A GED-certificate or
its equivalent may be accepted instead of a high school diploma. Proof of
completion of the GED or a similar high school equivalency program must be
submitted with the international student application.
Question 4: Do I need
a TOEFL score?
students may be admitted without a TOEFL score. After their admission to the
college, they are required to take the RSCCD English Placement Test which
measures English language proficiency. Students who achieve a satisfactory score
may enroll directly in the college credit programs. Others will be enrolled in
the English Language Academy, the college's intensive English as a Second
Language program. Note there is no TOEFL requirement for admission to the
English Language Academy students.
Question 5: I need my
I-20 right away and I know my application has already been approved. Can you
send it express mail?
5: Generally, we only
mail the I-20s through standard U.S. Air Mail. It could take an average of two
to four weeks for you to receive the I-20 after we mail it. However, you can
arrange for special handling in cases where there is an urgent need to expedite
the mailing. Contact the International Student Center for details.
Question 6: I have an
I-20 from my previous school. Do I still need an I-20 from Santa Ana College or
Santiago Canyon College?
6: Yes. Even though you
may have a valid F-1 Visa and an I-20 from another school, you will still need
an I-20 from our school. BCIS requires updated school information on all
international students. To be in compliance with BCIS regulations, you need a
valid I-20 from the school you are currently attending and an updated visa.
Important: Your previous
school must release certain information to us before we can issue you an I-20.
Notify the International Student Office at your previous school about your
transfer plans so processing of your I-20 is not delayed. After our office
issues the I-20, the International Student Center will assist you with
transferring your visa to Santa Ana or Santiago Canyon College.
Question 7: Can I
re-enter the U.S. with my current visa and the I-20 from my old school and get
the SAC or SCC I-20 after I've returned to the U.S.?
7: No. If you are outside
of the U.S. after completing your course of study at your previous school and
re-enter the U.S. with an I-20 issued by your previous school, you will be
considered in violation of your F-1 status unless you continue at the old
school. If you do not receive our I-20 within a time frame that allows you to
obtain your visa, you may want to reconsider your travel plans. We'll make
every effort to process your I-20 promptly.
Question 8: Do you
offer financial aid and/or scholarships?
8: There are no
scholarships available to new international students. However, the Scholarship
Office does offer scholarships to continuing students who have completed a
minimum number of units. For more information, please review Student Services
& Support section under scholarships.
Question 9: Can a
Homestay be arranged prior to a student's arrival in the U.S.?
9: Yes, Homestay is
usually arranged prior to arrival at the college.
Question 10: Does the
college provide airport pick-up service?
10: No, but information on
airport shuttle service is provided to international students. The airport
shuttle is a convenient low-cost service providing transportation from the
airport to your destination. For more information, please review Student Services & Support section under