Non-F-1 Visa Holders
Admission Requirements and Enrollment Process
Columbus State Community College welcomes students from all over the world to join our vibrant and diverse campus community. We have a two step admission process and our application is easy to fill out and only takes a short time to complete. Our staff and faculty are committed to helping you attain your goals and want you to get a good start toward success.
Who can apply through International Admissions as a non-F-1 visa holder?
A student is considered Non-immigrant for admission purposes if they:
- Hold a valid non-immigrant visa/status in the USA, such as F-2, E-2, H1B, J-2, L-2, etc.
- Is “undocumented” with no immigration status, or under the Temporary Protected Status
- Is a “pending permanent resident” or "pending aslyee" (application for permanent residency or asylee statushas been submitted to USCIS but has not yet been adjudicated)
If you currently have a visa of non-immigrant status (such as B2, C, D, etc.) that does not allow for full-or part-time study, you cannot take classes at Columbus State Community College. In this case, you must travel outside of the US and apply for a F-1 visa or if you choose to stay in the US you must apply for a change of status with USCIS before starting your studies. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to set up an appointment with an F-1 Admission's Advisor as soon as you know that you want to change your status. The process can be challenging, and we want to discuss with you your options. For more information regarding F1 international student admission, please visit application instructions for applying for an I-20 form.
Steps to Admission:
1. New applicant
Complete the online application for admission. Be sure to indicate your current immigration status and country of citizenship on the application.
If you are a returning student or previously applied for admission, please email email@example.com for next step instructions.
2. Submit immigration documents
Attach photocopies of your current immigration documents, such as: passport page, visa, I-94 (arrival/departure document), DS-2019, and/ or other documents concerning your current immigration status in the PDF format. Use your “first name”, “last name” and “Non-immigrant” in the subject line to firstname.lastname@example.org for faster processing.
Please allow 5 business days for processing after a complete application and supporting documentation are submitted for an admission decision. Upon admission, you will receive an acceptance email confirming your admission and residency status for tuition purposes, and which will inform you of your next steps.