F-1 Visa Application and Entry to the United States

Oakland Community College will issue an I-20 immigration document [Certificate of Eligibility for Nonimmigrant (F-1) Student Status] once your application and accompanying documents have been reviewed and accepted. OCC does not pay for courier service, but will mail the original I-20 to you using the U.S. Postal Service.  Your I-20 information is also entered in the SEVIS (Student Exchange Visitor Information System) for USICE (United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement).
Once you receive your I-20 you must:

    • Make an appointment at the U.S. Embassy or Consulate in your country to apply for an F-1 visa.
    • Pay the SEVIS fee at least 3 business days before your consular interview, unless you pay online and then print a receipt.
    • Take your OCC acceptance letter, original I-20, a valid passport, financial documents, and SEVIS fee receipt to the interview.
    • During your interview with a consular officer, you must:
      • Prove to the consular officer that you have a clear educational goal.
      • Provide appropriate evidence that you have sufficient funds to complete a program of study in the U.S.
      • Provide evidence that you are planning to return to your country when your program of study is complete.
  • Resources to prepare for interview:
  • When you travel to the U.S., carry your passport and I-20 with you on the airplane. Do not check it in your luggage.
  • You are allowed to enter the United States 30 days prior to the report date listed on the I-20 document.

Contact Information

Student services for all F-1 students are offered at:

Royal Oak Campus - Building B, Room 102
Phone (248) 246-2563

Our student services staff can assist you with admission and other general inquiries. Please send your questions to F-1.Advisor@oaklandcc.edu.

Since it may be difficult for you to drive to the Royal Oak Campus, we will try to meet your needs as much as possible through email and telephone. Please email your questions first and if an answer cannot be provided by email or telephone, we'll make an appointment.

Aside from assisting you with F-1 immigration regulation issues, we are able to direct you to resources both inside the college and in the community to make your stay in the U.S. more enjoyable and to meet your educational goals. We look forward to working with you!