After Admission—Outside the United States
Congratulations on your admission to College of the Canyons!
On these web pages you will find useful information to help you prepare for your arrival to COC. We encourage you to read all of the pages as they contain important information necessary for your entry to the U.S., arrival in COC, and mandatory Orientation for all new international students.
We look forward to personally welcoming you to the COC campus.
U.S. Visa and Entry Preparation
Obtaining a U.S. student visa requires planning and preparation. This page contains important information about visa applications, consular appointments, fees, and arrival-entry rules. Failure to follow these instructions or inadequate preparation can result in significant and costly delays in your arrival at COC.
To obtain a U.S. visa and enter the U.S. you will need to:
- Pay the SEVIS fee.
- Make a visa-interview appointment with a U.S. consulate.
- Apply for your student visa at the consulate interview.
- Present required documentation for entry into the U.S. (airport arrival).
Because getting a visa appointment and the visa can take more time than expected, you should make your visa plans as early as possible.
Although you need to make your entry preparations as early as possible, we strongly recommend that you do not purchase any air tickets until after you have received your I-20 (Certificate of Eligibility) and have made your visa appointment at the U.S. consulate.
When making travel plans, please be aware that new international students may not enter the U.S. earlier than 30 days prior to the expected latest reporting date which is indicated on your I-20, item #5.