Exchange Students (F-1 visa), grades 9-12, who are prepared (proficient in basic English skills) to enter into mainstream classes, are welcome to apply for admission to Northwest Christian Education (NCE). NCE offers college preparatory academics, including AP courses, and a well-rounded approach to education including sports, arts, and music. NCE issues I-20 status to students who meet all our general admissions requirements and who will be living with a Christian host family during their stay.
Step 1 - PREPARE DOCUMENTATION
Download the SCA Exchange Student Application packet, complete, scan, and e-mail to it firstname.lastname@example.org. Then mail the original forms to SCA: 8913 N. NETTLETON LANE, SPOKANE WASHINGTON, 99208.
1. Be sure to check for completion and obtaining all necessary signatures. Incomplete applications cannot be processed.
2. Provide all documentation that indicates the student’s academic abilities and transcripts for the past 2 years or all high school years (translated into English).
3. Provide the certificate of immunization and physical examination signed by a doctor.
4. Include a photocopy of the student’s valid passport.
5. Pay a non-refundable annual application fee of $500. If applying for one semester, pay $250 (schedule auto withdrawal or money transfer through Western Union).
Step 2 - ADMISSIONS PROCESS
4. Provide a host family address, contact information, guardianship Agreement and Consent forms completed by the legal parent(s) or appointed guardian(s). *Applicable if the host family information is available. If not, SCA will assist with finding a host family.
5. Once SCA accepts the student and issues the I-20, the student will need to pay the SEVIS I-901 fee ($200) before applying for a visa, status at a POE, or filing for a change of status. For more information go to http://www.ice.gov/sevis/students/
Step 3 - ARRIVAL IN THE UNITED STATES
The Immigration and Naturalization Service form I-20 A-B/ID (Certificate of Eligibility for Nonimmigrant Student Status – for Academic and Language Students) is the student’s proof that they are allowed to study in the United States as an F-1 student. The student takes the I-20 A-B/ID to a United States consulate to obtain a student visa.
When the student arrives in the United States, he/she should receive a Form I-94 (Arrival-Departure Record) that will include his/her admission number to the United States. An Immigration Inspector will write this admission number on the USCIS Form I-20 A-B/ID. The Immigration Inspector will then send pages one and two of this form, known as I-20 A-B, to SCA as a record of the student’s legal admission to the United States. The student is expected to keep pages three and four, known as the I-20 ID. The I-20 ID document is the student’s proof that he/she is allowed to study in the United States as an F-1 student. The Form I-94 is to be kept safe by the student, since it is the student’s legal proof that he/she entered the United States legally.
Within the first 15 days of entering the United States, the student must present to SCA his/her passport, the valid F-1 entry visa stamped in the passport (if necessary), and the USCIS Form I-94. SCA will make photocopies of the documents and update USCIS records.
Pay the tuition and the International Student Fee before the first day of class.