Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine hosts only F-1 visa types which is a
non-immigrant classification which allows an international student to remain in the
United States as long as they are properly registered as a full-time student.
To maintain F-1 student status an international student must be matriculated in one
of our Professional, Masters or Doctoral level programs on a full-time basis and attaining
satisfactory academic progress. International students can not maintain status if
in a non-degree program.
When an International student confirms their acceptance to Philadelphia College of
Osteopathic Medicine, they are required to submit a Financial Responsibility form
with financial statements from United States banking institutions showing that they
have educational funding for tuition, insurance, transportation and living expenses
for the duration of the program. The source of this funding can not be from loans.
Three months prior to the start of the term you will be required to place the full
tuition cost for the duration of the program into PCOM escrow account.
The Registrar is the designated school official that is responsible for preparation
of I-20 forms for International students. Please contact the Registrar at 215-871-6707
or DeborahCa@pcom.edu with any questions regarding status.
In order to maintain eligibility for F-1 Visa the International student must
- Maintain full time study
- Maintain satisfactory academic progress
- If accepted into a new program, prior to the end of the current program, submit new
financial support documentation for the duration of the new program. You will also
be required to place these funds in PCOM's escrow account.
- If transferring from Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine notification must
be given in writing to the Registrars office. Registrar's office requires name of
new school and program be provided in order to transfer I-20
International students are required to
- Report any change of address to the U.S. federal government and submitting written
notification to the Registrar's office within 10 days of your address change. Click
here for Change of address form
- Keep passport valid. Passport should be valid for minimum of 6 months into the future.
To renew passport in the United States, contact the Embassy of your home country
- Consult with Registrar's office if you require employment. Unauthorized employment
will have adverse consequences on your future in the United States. Do not accept
any unauthorized employment
- Students on an F-1 student Visa have a 60 day grace period for departure following
the end date of their program as noted on the I-20
International students must always make sure that any employment they engage in is
legal employment. A student is required to have the necessary employment authorization
before beginning work. Consultation with the Registrar before beginning any employment
Categories of F-1 Student Employment
1. CPT-Campus Employment
Certain work experiences, which are an integral part of your program of study may
be the basis for curricular practical training employment authorization.
2. OPT - Optional Practical Training
F-1 students are eligible for twelve months of optional practical training (OPT).
Optional practical training provides an opportunity to apply theoretical knowledge
obtained in an academic program to a practical work experience. Apply for Optional Practical Training
1) What is a Visa?
A non-immigrant U.S. visa is issued as a stamp in your passport by a U.S. embassy
or consulate outside the United States. A visa stamp indicates that you are eligible
for entry and reentry to the United States in the immigration category indicated (F-1,
J-1, H-1B, TN, etc). Most visa stamps are for multiple entries.
Citizens of foreign countries generally need visas to enter the United States. A visa
is permission to apply to enter the United States. It is a document which is affixed
to a page in your passport. Under U.S. law the Department of State has responsibility
for issuing visas, and most visas are issued at one of the Department of State embassies
and consulates abroad. Therefore, when you want to travel to the United States, you
must first apply for a visa at an American embassy or consulate abroad. A consular
officer decides whether you are qualified for a visa.
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2) What Visas does Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine accept?
Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine only hosts F-1 visas.
3) How to apply for a Student Visa
For information regarding Student Visa application, please refer to the government website
4) Can I get a visa inside the U.S.?
No, it is not possible to apply for or to renew a visa in the United States. Visas
are issued only by a U.S. consul in a U.S. embassy or consulate outside the United
States. More information
5) Do I have to return to my home country to apply for a new visa?
It is possible for most international visitors to apply for a visa in a country that
is not their home country. Be sure to follow all U.S. embassy guidelines for applying,
and additional wait time is possible if security checks are needed.