Applying to study at California Language Academy is easy. We are passionate about the success of each of our students and we are dedicated to making the application process as easy as possible. There are three main categories that you will fall under and the application process for each of these categories is very different. We are here to help! Contact us if you have any questions!
US Residents, or Students who want to study Part-time in the US for a short period of time, do not need an F-1 Student Visa. Other visa holders may study Full-time or part-time but there are restrictions. Check if you can study Full-time on your Visa:
US Residents, Visitors and all Other Visas
US Residents do not need an F-1 Student Visa to study in the US. Neither do students who want to study
part-time for a short period of time (less than 90 days). Other visa holders may be eligible to study
full-time or part-time. We understand that the visa restrictions seem complicated and we are here to help
you decide which program is the right one for you. The good news is that the application process for each
of these visas is exactly the same and very simple. We are always here to help you through it.
|Come to the CLA center and bring the following:||Apply online:|
|1. Completed paper Application||1. Submit your Application online here|
|2. Your passport & Visa (US residents can bring an ID)||2. Email your passport and Visa to: info@CLA.edu|
|3. Pay your Application Fee of $125||3. Pay your Application Fee of $125 online|
|4. CLA will give you Acceptance Letters and Invoices||4. CLA will send you Acceptance Letters and Invoices|
If you have any questions, problems or concerns, please contact CLA and an
immigration specialist will be happy to provide you with additional assistance
to make the process as smooth as possible.
Students who wish to study Full-Time in the US and are applying from over seas have to obtain an F-1 Visa.
Initial F-1 Student Visa Applicant
Coming to the US to study is fun and exciting. However, the process can at times seem complicated.
We want to ensure the entire process is easy. We are here to guide you through it and help you with
any questions. Here is what you have to do step-by-step to come and study at CLA on a Student Visa (F1 Visa).
Step 1: Apply to CLA by mail or online
Once all of the required documents are received and enrollment fees are collected, CLA will mail
a welcome packet to you that will contain the original I-20 form, an acceptance letter, an invoice
detailing the total program costs and instructions on how to pay the required I-901 fees to SEVP.
Separately, we will send you an email containing your student handbook, school policies and
procedures, useful facts, and the tracking ID of your package.
Step 2: Pay I-901 Fees and Apply for F-1 Visa
Once you receive your welcome packet, you will need to pay the required I-901 fees directly
to SEVP (instructions on how to pay this will be provided in your welcome packet). You will
then need to schedule an appointment with the US Embassy or Consulate in your country to apply
for an F-1 Student Visa. You will be required to attend an in-person interview. Applying to the
US embassy or consulate in your country can vary depending on your country’s requirements,
therefore please see US Embassy website in your country.
Step 3: Traveling to the US
Once you receive your F-1 student visa, you may purchase flights.
You can enter the country up to 30 days before the start date on your I-20 form. You must enter
the United States with the following documents:
Step 4: After you enter the United States
Please come to California Language Academy on or before the scheduled start date on your I-20 form
with the following documents:
Please note that you must report to CLA by 9:00am on your scheduled start date for registration
and orientation. If you do not arrive by your scheduled start date, your visa may be cancelled.
If you have any questions, problems or concerns, please contact CLA and an immigration specialist
will be happy to provide you with additional assistance to make the process as smooth as possible.
Students who are currently studying in the US on an F-1 visa and want to transfer to CLA have a simplified application process.
Transfer F-1 Student Visa Applicant
If you already have an F-1 Visa and an I-20 that is still in status, transferring to CLA is fast and easy. The best way is to come directly to the CLA center with the following documents:
Once you arrive at CLA, we will provide you with a Transfer Form that will need to be completed by your current school prior to the completion of your current program. Your current school will then “transfer” your I-20 to CLA and we will create a new I-20 for you. This process generally takes only a couple of days depending on your current school.
Please note that you must report to CLA by 9:00am on your scheduled start date for registration and orientation. If you do not arrive by your scheduled start date, your visa may be cancelled.
If you have any questions, problems or concerns, please contact CLA and an immigration specialist will be happy to provide you with additional assistance to make the process as smooth as possible.