Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine hosts only F-1 visa types, which is a non-immigrant classification that allows an international student to remain in the United States as long as he or she is properly registered as a full-time student.
To maintain F-1 student status, an international student must be matriculated in one of our professional, master's or doctoral level programs on a full-time basis and maintain satisfactory academic progress. International students cannot maintain status if in a non-degree program.
For information on admissions, visit the international student application requirements page.
The Registrar is the designated school official that is responsible for preparation of I-20 forms for International students. Please contact the Registrar's Office with any questions regarding status.
In order to maintain eligibility for F-1 Visa, the international student must:
International students are required to:
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 is required.
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.
For more information, visit the U.S. Department of State website.
Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine only hosts F-1 visas.
For information regarding a Student Visa application, please refer to the U.S. Department of State website.
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.
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.