Admissions

Select from the options below for detailed application instructions:

  • You are an Initial F-1 Visa Student if you currently reside outside of the United States and require an F-1 student visa to enter the country.
  • You are a Transfer F-1 Visa Student if you already have an F-1 visa and you are currently studying at another school in the United States with an active I-20.
  • If you have a different visa type, please select the Other Visa Types, Green Card Holders, US Citizens option.

 

Please don’t hesitate to contact our admissions staff with any questions!

Our dedicated staff will quickly respond to your questions with individualized advice and information.

You are an initial F-1 visa student if you currently reside outside of the United States and require an F-1 student visa to enter the country.

 

  1. Complete the application form

 

  1. Submit the non-refundable F-1 student application and Express Mail fees.

 

  1. Provide a copy of your passport photo page

 

  1. Submit a financial document / bank statement
  • Your financial document / bank statement can be scanned and emailed to ALPS.
  • This must be an official letter from the bank, on paper which has the name of bank printed on it, signed by a bank official, showing that there is enough money available for your tuition and living expenses.
  • Your financial document must show that you can pay for your classes and living expenses in Seattle without working. Students can usually complete one level at ALPS in 3 or 4 sessions (12-16 weeks). You must show a balance of at least $2615 per 4-week session that you plan to study.
  • The financial document can be for your personal bank account or your family / sponsor's account.
  • The date on your financial document should be less than 6 months old.
  • You should save the original copy of the financial document for your F-1 student visa appointment.
  • For SACM-sponsored students: Please submit your Financial Guarantee Letter for Admissions Purposes.

 

  1. Statement of Financial Responsibility (for students with sponsors only)

If you submit a sponsor’s financial document (family member, another individual, or organization / company), have your sponsor complete the Statement of Financial Responsibility.

  • For SACM-sponsored students: Please submit your Financial Guarantee Letter for Admissions Purposes.

You are a transfer F-1 student if you already have an F-1 visa and you are currently studying at another school in the United States with an active I-20.

 

  1. Complete the application form
  1. Submit the non-refundable F-1 student application fee
  1. Provide copies of your passport photo page, F-1 visa, and most recent US entry stamp

 

  1. Submit a financial document / bank statement
  • Your financial document / bank statement can be scanned and emailed to ALPS.
  • This must be an official letter from the bank, on paper which has the name of bank printed on it, signed by a bank official, showing that there is enough money available for your tuition and living expenses.
  • Your financial document must show that you can pay for your classes and living expenses in Seattle without working. Students can usually complete one level at ALPS in 3 or 4 sessions (12-16 weeks). You must show a balance of at least $2615 per 4-week session that you plan to study.
  • The financial document can be for your personal bank account or your family / sponsor's account.
  • The date on your financial document should be less than 6 months old.
  • You should save the original copy of the financial document for your F-1 student visa appointment.
  • For SACM-sponsored students: Please submit your Financial Guarantee Letter for Admissions Purposes.
  1. Statement of Financial Responsibility (for students with sponsors only)

If you submit a sponsor’s financial document (family member, another individual, or organization / company), have your sponsor complete the Statement of Financial Responsibility.

For SACM-sponsored students: Please submit your Financial Guarantee Letter for Admissions Purposes. 

  1. Transfer-in form

Complete the top part of the ALPS Transfer-in Form and submit it to the advisor at your current school.

  • Students outside the United States: please follow the Initial F-1 Visa Students instructions. For your financial document / bank statement, please submit your Financial Guarantee Letter for Admissions Purposes.
  • Transfer students: please follow the Transfer F-1 Students application instructions. For your financial document / bank statement, please submit your Financial Guarantee Letter for Admissions Purposes.

Students with F-2 visas: please follow the Other Visa Types application instructions. In addition, please submit your Financial Guarantee Letter for Admissions Purposes.

Follow these instructions if you do not have an F-1 student visa.

  1. Complete the application form
  1. Submit the non-refundable student application fee

 

  • If you have a B visa, an F-2 visa, or an ESTA, you can take a maximum of 17 hours of class per week.
  • Students with most other visa types, green card holders, and US citizens can study for as many hours as they want. Check here to see if your visa type can study, or contact us if you have questions about studying with your visa type.

To change your visa status from a different visa type to F-1, you have two options:

 

  1. Return to your home country and apply for an F-1 visa from there.

 

If you decide to take this option, you should apply to ALPS as an Initial F-1 Visa Student, receive your SEVIS Form I-20 and acceptance materials from us, and then return to your home country to apply for an F-1 visa at the US embassy or consulate there.

 

This option is usually much cheaper, faster, and less complex than applying for a change of status without leaving the US. 

 

  1. Apply for a change of status without leaving the US.

 

If you are interested in an in-country change of status (changing your visa type without leaving the United States), ALPS is able to issue a Form I-20 for a change of status application, and we are happy to do this. However, we are not experts in immigration law, so we are not able to give advice about completing the I-539 form or assist you with the rest of your application for adjustment of status. We strongly recommend that you consult an immigration attorney to help you with this process.

 

If you decide to take this option, you should apply to ALPS as an Initial F-1 Visa Student, receive your SEVIS Form I-20 and acceptance materials from us, and then submit an I-539 application package to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). We strongly recommend that you have an immigration lawyer help you with this application.

 

Note: Deferring your I-20 Program Start Date (for in-country change of status only)

If your I-539 application has not been approved within 5 days of your I-20 Program Start Date, I will defer your I-20 Program Start Date to our next available start date (4 weeks later). Our application fee covers a maximum of 3 deferrals (3 sessions) on any one I-20.  If you wish to defer your I-20 a fourth time, you will be required to pay an additional administrative fee of $100. Each administrative fee covers three deferrals.

You can waive this fee if you register for at least one hour of class at ALPS as you wait for your F-1 visa status to be approved.

If you are in the USA and your I-20 is terminated or completed, you are out of status.

 

ALPS works with some out-of-status students on a case-by-case basis. Contact us to schedule a meeting to discuss your options. .

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