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New F-1 Students

A New F-1 Student is someone applying for admission to Suffolk County Community College from abroad. The prospective student will enter the United States (U.S.) with an F-1 Student Visa obtained at a U.S. embassy or consulate. Applicants must meet very specific requirements in order to qualify for an F-1 Student Visa.

These requirements are:

  • Acceptance to a certified school:
  • The applicant intents to enter the United States solely for the purpose of pursuing a full course of study;
  • Present intent to leave the United States at conclusion of approved studies and/or related activities;
  • Demonstrates possession of sufficient funds to meet financial needs for the duration of their studies;
  • Verifies preparation for the course of study that he or she is applying for.

Applicants can apply for an F-1 student visa as early as 120 days before the start date, to allow for visa processing and security clearance delays.