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Accepted Students

Welcome to the University of North America!

We are excited to share what makes us unique among other graduate universities.  Similarly, we encourage you to share your unique background and experiences with us and your fellow classmates.  In the meantime, below is information to help you get started as a new UoNA student.  We welcome you to our university community.

F-1 Visa Information

When you are accepted to enroll in a University of North America program and you have demonstrated that you have sufficient funding for your studies, a Form I-20 will be issued to you.

Paying the SEVIS Fee

SEVIS (Student and Exchange Visitor Information System) is the data base of the U.S. Federal Government Department of Homeland Security that keeps records on students studying in the U.S. The SEVIS I-901 fee supports the maintenance of the SEVIS system.

Transfer Students

If you are already in the United States attending another university, you must have your SEVIS record transferred to University of North America in order to attend UoNA programs.

 

Can I get a Social Security Card?

 

You may be eligible to work when in F-1 status. When employed you are required to have a Social Security Number.

How to get a Driver's License?

The issuing of drivers' licenses in Virginia comes under the jurisdiction of the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV).

 

F-1 Visa Information

When you are accepted into a University of North America program and you have demonstrated that you have sufficient funding for your studies, a Form I-20 will be issued to you.

The following instructions and suggestions for applying for the F-1 visa are of a general nature and apply to consular visa processing anywhere.

The "F" visa is reserved for nonimmigrants wishing to pursue academic studies and/or language training programs in the United States

To obtain a F-1 student visa:

a.    The student must be enrolled as a full-time student in an "academic" educational program or a language-training program;

b.    The school must be approved by U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS);

c.    The student must be proficient in English or be enrolled in courses leading to English proficiency;

d.    The student must have sufficient funds available for self-support during the entire proposed course of study; and

e.    The student must maintain a residence abroad which he/she has no intention of giving up

In most countries, first time student visa applicants are required to appear for an in-person interview. However, each embassy and consulate sets its own interview policies and procedures regarding student visas. Students should consult Embassy web sites or call for specific application instructions.

In deciding when to apply for your F-1 visa, keep in mind that June, July, and August are the busiest months in most consular sections, and interview appointments are the most difficult to get during that period. Students need to plan ahead to avoid having to make repeat visits to the Embassy. To the extent possible, students should bring the documents suggested below, as well as any other documents that might help establish their ties to the local community. 

 

Per the Department of Homeland Security regulations, all initial or beginning students cannot enter the U.S. more than 30 days in advance of the program start date as shown on the Form I-20. Please consider this date carefully when making travel plans to the U.S.

Continuing students may apply for a new visa at any time, as long as they have been maintaining student status and their SEVIS records are current. Continuing students may also enter the U.S. at any time before their classes start.

 

Transfer Students

If you are already in the United States attending another university, you must have your SEVIS record transferred to University of North America in order to attend UoNA programs.

 

Once you have been accepted to a University of North America program, bring your acceptance letter and Transfer Recommendation Form to the DSO at your current school and request that your SEVIS record be transferred to UoNA. 

 

Additionally, if you decide to enroll in University of North America after the completion of your Optional Practical Training with another school, you must follow the procedures above to request the transfer of your SEVIS record to UoNA.

Getting a Virginia Driver's License

To apply for a driverís license you must bring two identification documents, one proof of legal presence, one proof of Virginia residency, and proof of your complete social security number (if you have been issued one). 

 

Temporary documents and photocopies of documents will not be accepted. All documents must be originals. All documents will be subject to verification, which may delay the issuance of your license, learnerís permit or photo identification card.

 

DMV may require additional documents. DMV will not accept a document when there is reason to believe it has been altered, fraudulently obtained or is fake, forged, counterfeit or otherwise non-genuine or illegitimate.

 

Falsifying information on a driverís license is a criminal offense. Assisting a person with improperly or fraudulently obtaining a driverís license, learnerís permit, CDL, CDL learnerís permit or ID card is also criminal offenses. Altering, manufacturing,

selling or possessing a fraudulent birth certificate, driverís license or ID card are criminal offenses.

 

Proof of Identity

 

Unexpired foreign passport with an unexpired or expired for not more than 5 years visa and I-94.

 

Legal Presence

 

Unexpired foreign passport with an unexpired or expired visa, a valid I-94 and a valid SEVIS I-20.

 

Please note, your driverís license or ID card will be valid only for the period of time that is indicated as the length of your program of study.

 

For additional information, please visit http://www.dmv.state.va.us/

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