As an international student coming to the United States to study
at the CIA, you may be issued one of two student visas: F1 Visa or M1 Visa.
The F1 Visa is required
for students who are enrolling in the bachelor’s and associate degree programs.
If you have an F-1 student visa and are enrolled in these programs, you may:
All of the above employment opportunities require a Social Security
Number. This application process takes 10–20 days, with authorization from the school
Applying for the F-1 student visa may vary depending on the U.S.
embassy or consulate you are dealing with. You will be required to pay a nonrefundable
visa application fee. There is an online visa application available, which allows
you to complete and print Form DS-160 to take to your F-1 visa interview. You can schedule
your F-1 visa interview with either the U.S. embassy or consulate. An F-1 student
visa for the USA can be issued up to 120 days in advance of your college start date.
You will only be able to enter the U.S. with an F-1 visa 30 days before your start
The M1 Visa is required
for students enrolling in one of the certificate programs at our
California campus. The M-1 visa does
not allow students to work in the United States during their education, and is not
acceptable for employment in the U.S. following graduation. Students may apply
for employment authorization after completion of studies based on one month of employment
for every four months of study.
When putting together your application for your student visa,
be sure you have read the CIA admissions policy and that you have all the required
documents listed below:
Please do not make final travel plans until you have your visa approved. You are
responsible for being familiar with immigration and visa laws. CIA staff will provide
assistance and advisement where possible, but ultimately, you are responsible for
knowing and complying with the laws of the United States, your home country, and
the laws of the countries to which you travel while you are a CIA student. This
includes non-immigrant F-1 and M-1 visa regulations. Additional information about student visas can be found in our international student guide (PDF).
Associate Director—International Admissions