STEP 1: Apply for Admissions
Please visit the CUNY website to prepare for the admissions process at www.cuny.edu/prepare.
STEP 2: Get Certificate of Eligibility
After you have received your acceptance letter to York College, you will need to prove to the United States Customs and Immigration Services (USCIS) that you can meet the financial obligations of pursuing a full course of study for at least one academic year. Proof of your financial ability is documented in the form of a Certificate of Eligibility, also known as the SEVIS I-20.
STEP 3: Pay the SEVIS Fee
As of September 1, 2004 the United States Department of Homeland Security (DHS) instituted a rule requiring F-1 Visa applicants to pay a $200 USD one-time fee.
STEP 4: Apply for the F-1 Student Visa
The F-1 Student Visa may only be obtained by filing an application "in-person" with a US Embassy or Consulate in your home country OR where you hold a permanent residence.
STEP 5: Travel & Arrive in the US
Once you have received your student visa, you should anticipate arriving in the United States within thirty (30) days prior to the first day of classes. Item #5 on your Certificate of Eligibility (SEVIS I-20) specifically states the date by which you must arrive within the US and report to your International Student Advisor.
STEP 6: Intl Student Symposium
As a matriculated student at York College, we strongly encourage you to attend the International Student Symposium. The Symposium is an informational session that would greatly benefit you.
STEP 7: Register for classes
Once you have been accepted to York College, you will need to submit your immunization documents to the Health Services Office. It is a requirement that you present proof of vaccination against measles, mumps and rubella.
STEP 8: Payment Methods
Ways to pay your tuition bill.