How to Get Started at Montgomery
if You Are Requesting an I-20.
(For persons outside the U.S. wishing to study at Montgomery College.
Definitions of I-20 and Immigration Status:
What is an I-20?
An I-20 is a “Certificate of Eligibility for Non-immigrant (F-1)
Student Status for Academic and Language Students.”I-20 forms
are issued by “Designated School Officials,” who are usually
your International Student Coordinators. The completed form verifies
that an international student has been admitted to an academic program
for full-time enrollment and has shown evidence of financial support.
The form is used by international students to request student visas
(F-1) and student immigration status (F-1).
What is F-1 Immigration Status?
F-1 Immigration Status allows an individual to be engaged in full
course academic study in the United States in an accredited educational
What is M-1 Immigration Status?
M-1 immigration status allows an individual to be enrolled in a vocational
school or certificate program in the United States.
(For additional information on immigration status, or to make an appointment,
if required, contact the U.S.
Embassy or Consulate where you plan to apply for a visa.)
Requesting a new I-20:
June 1 for fall semester (classes
begin early September) October 1 for spring semester
(classes begin late January)
How to Request an I-20:
I. Complete the following materials
and submit them to the Montgomery
College campus you wish to attend prior to the deadline dates
C. Provide proof of High School graduation.
All documents must be in English. If translated, submit the original
or certified copy of the native language version together with
a certified English translation. Submit one of the following:
D. Provide evidence of English Language
Proficiency with one of the following:
• Transferable credit
from a U.S. College or university for a first year English composition
course equivalent to EN101 at Montgomery College.
• TOEFL score of 575, written,
231 computerized, or 90 Internet-based exam
Note: Applicants from abroad must take
the TOEFL or IELTS. Students scoring at least 400 written/97
computerized/32 Internet-based on the TOEFL exam OR 5.0 overall
on the IELTS exam may be admitted, but will be required to
take testing and possible additional courses in English/ESL
upon arrival. For information on how to take the TOEFL, please
for the IELTS, please visit http://www.ielts.org.