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U.S. Immigration SEVP I-20

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U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service, Form I-20

Generally, a citizen of a foreign country who wishes to enter the United States must first obtain a visa, either a nonimmigrant visa for temporary stay, or an immigrant visa for permanent residence. You must have a student visa to study in the United States.

The first step is to apply to a SEVP-approved school (Sterling Flight Training is a SEVP-Approved schol). 

Once you have chosen Sterling Flight Training as your flight school of study, we can provide the I-20 form to you. Please complete the Flight School Application for us to begin the process necessary to issue the I-20 form. A onetime fee of USD 149.00 is required prior to the issuance of the I-20 form to cover administrative costs of the I-20 and TSA/SEVIS processing.

Also visit the US Customs and Immigration Enforcement website to determine if you will need the I-901 form. Instructions are given on this website.

If your spouse and/or children intend to live with you in the United States while you study, they must also enroll in SEVIS, obtain individual Form I-20s from us, and apply for a visa (but they do not pay the SEVIS fee).


If you are applying for entry to the United States for the first time after being issued an M-1 visa, you will not be admitted unless you plan to attend the school specified in that visa. If, before you enter the United States, you decide to attend another school, you will present an I-20M-N from the new school to an American Consular Officer to have that school specified in your visa.

You must give Form (I-20 M-N) to the American Consular Officer at the time you apply for a visa (unless you are exempt from visa requirements), and to the immigration officer with evidence of ability to support yourself while pursuing a full course of study when you arrive in the United States.

If you are exempt from visa requirements, and you are applying for admission to the United States as an M-1 student, you must give the immigration officer this form and evidence of your ability to support yourself while pursuing a full course of study.

Steps to Apply
  1. Apply to Sterling Flight Training
  2. Upon acceptance, pay SEVIS 1-901 Fee ($149)
  3. Sterling Flight Training will create an I-20 and mail or fax to student (email is not accepted)
  4. Apply for VISA
    1. Fill out VISA application
    2. Schedule an interview with your local consulate/embassy


What to Bring to the Interview
  1. I-20
  2. Application
  3. Passport
  4. 2″x 2″ photo of yourself
  5. I-901 payment receipt
  6. Evidence reflecting funds necessary for training and living expenses

For questions, please email us or call 00-1-904-642-9683.

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