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F - 1 ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

 

The following forms and documents must be provided if you are seeking admission to Tidewater Community College pursuant to F-1 status and the form I-20. All forms and documents must be sent to the International Student Services Office at the Virginia Beach Campus for review of admissibility. If your application and accompanying documents are accepted for international admission, an I-20 will be issued for your chosen academic program.

 

Please read the requirements listed below very carefully.

 

BEFORE YOU APPLY

TCC Student Center - Norfolk campus

International Student Services Office Mailing Address

Tidewater Community College

Virginia Beach Campus

D-Kempsville Building, Room D-126

1700 College Crescent

Virginia Beach, VA, 23453

Phone: 757-822-7342

Fax: 757-822-7544

Email: iss@tcc.edu

  • Incomplete or unacceptable documents will delay the admission process.

  • All financial documents must be ORIGINAL and in English and U.S. Dollars. Faxed or scanned copies are not accepted.

  • All submitted documents become the property of Tidewater Community College. PLEASE MAKE PERSONAL COPIES BEFORE YOU SUBMIT YOUR DOCUMENTS.

  • You must submit a COPY of your secondary school diploma or final certificate. Please do not send the original document. An official translation of this document is required.

  • F1 STUDENTS ARE NOT PERMITTED TO WORK WITHOUT PRIOR AUTHORIZATION FROM THE USCIS.

 

Mail the following documents with a copy of the identification page of your passport ONLY to the International Student Services Office at the Virginia Beach Campus.

Admission Deadlines Apply.

 

  1. TIDEWATER COMMUNITY COLLEGE APPLICATION FOR ADMISSION

    This document must be completed and signed by the applicant.

    For a printable, paper pdf version of the application, click here.

  2. I-20 APPLICATION AND FINANCIAL STATEMENT FORM (5 pages)

    Complete and submit the 5 page form. The applicant will complete pages 2-4; the applicant's sponsor and sponsor's bank will complete page 5 of this form. Be sure to clearly print your PERMANENT FOREIGN ADDRESS in your home country on page 3 of this form.

    ** All financial documents must be original and submitted in English and U.S. Dollars.

    You must provide evidence of guaranteed financial support from your sponsor to cover all of your school, living, and personal expenses and continuous health insurance for the duration of your enrollment at TCC. The F-1 financial statement must be current (no more than 6 months old). Financial support must indicate a sponsor's liquid assets. Retirement accounts (IRA's) or retirement CD's are not accepted as evidence of liquid assets. Open lines of credit are not accepted as a financial resource.



 

Please ensure the following:

  • Sponsor completes and signs the Affidavit of Support on page 5 of this form.

  • Sponsor indicates on the form the specific dollar amount of support that he or she will provide for you for each year of study at TCC.

  • The BANK VERIFICATION section is signed and sealed by your sponsor's bank officer.

    If your sponsor's bank will not complete this section, you may submit a separate, official bank letter in English and U.S. dollars. Bank letters must contain the sponsor's name, account number, and the same information as is requested in the Bank Verification section on page 5 of the I-20 Application. Generic bank letters are not accepted.



Program of Study (page 4 of the I-20 Application form)

TCC is authorized by the Student and Exchange Visitor Program to admit F-1 students and issue the form I-20 ONLY for the academic programs listed on page 4 of the I-20 Application and Financial Statement form. Select (1) academic program from the list on page 4 of this form.



 

      3.    TOEFL SCORE REPORT/ DEMONSTRATION OF ENGLISH

PROFICIENCY

Overseas applicants must submit an official TOEFL score report that is sent to TCC directly from TOEFL/ETS to demonstrate sufficient English proficiency for admission to TCC as an F-1 visa student. A minimum TOEFL score of 61 ( iBT ) is required for admission to the college.

A TOEFL iBT score of 80 or higher will exempt applicants from having to take the TCC ESL Placement Test, but they will still be required to take TCC's placement test for college-level English upon arrival.

Applicants who live in the vicinity of the college may instead take TCC’s ESL placement test to demonstrate the required English proficiency for admission to the college.

 

     4.    HIGH SCHOOL DIPLOMA OR SECONDARY STUDIES FINAL 

DIPLOMA / CERTIFICATE

F-1 applicants must be 18 years of age and provide a COPY of the document that indicates completion of secondary studies, i.e., high school diploma or secondary studies final certificate. Academic credentials submitted to TCC must be accompanied by an English translation. F-1 applicants who have NOT completed secondary studies will not be accepted.

 

     5.   CONTINUOUS HEALTH INSURANCE

        
(page 3 of the I-20 Application form)

All F-1 students and their dependents are required to provide proof of continuous health insurance coverage for each semester, including summer, by the last day of the add/drop week. Proof of international student health insurance that meets the minimum standards set by the ISS Office is mandatory. Students who fail to provide evidence of continuous health insurance for the entire semester, and summer, will be blocked from college transactions.

* The International Student Services Office no longer accepts health coverage from the International Student Organization (ISO). Brochures for companies that meet the ISS requirements are available at the International Student Services Office.

 

     6.     SEVIS I-901 FEE

Once your admission to TCC is complete and an I-20 has been issued, you must pay a non-refundable SEVIS I-901 fee at least 3 days BEFORE your scheduled interview at the U.S. embassy.

For information on paying the SEVIS I-901 fee, visit the ICE website at:


http://www.ice.gov/sevis/i901/index.htm

To pay the I-901 fee, go to:

www.fmjfee.com

 

     7.    FOREIGN TRANSCRIPTS

TCC does not evaluate foreign transcripts for transfer credit.

Please do not send your academic transcript evaluations to the ISS Office. If you have coursework from an overseas college or university for which you would like to try to receive transfer credit, click the link below for information on private academic credentialing agencies that are approved by TCC:

http://www.tcc.edu/students/admissions/transcripts/internationaltranscripts.htm

 

 

 

This school is authorized under Federal Law to enroll non-immigrant alien students.

F-1 visa students at Tidewater Community College may only enroll in classes required for the course of study listed on the form I-20 that are located at TCC’s four comprehensive campuses (Chesapeake, Norfolk, Portsmouth, Virginia Beach) and the Visual Arts Center. (Please note: students may continue to enroll in one 3 credit online course per semester to count towards full-time enrollment.)  Enrollment in classes at any off-campus location is not permitted, and is considered to be a violation of status. There is no exception to this policy.