International Student (I-20) Admissions

Thank you for expressing an interest in Hope Lutheran School.  As you will see, when you tour the campus and meet the staff, children, and families of Hope Lutheran, it is the people and nurturing environment that make Hope Lutheran a special place for your child’s education.


An I-20 is a U.S. Government document that is needed to apply for the F-1 Student Visa.  Once you get the I-20, pay your I-901 fee, and make an appointment at your local US Embassy to apply for the F-1 Student Visa.  This can be done up to 5 months before the start of school.  If your student already has an F-1 Student Visa, he or she would be a “transfer” student from another U.S. school.  Fees are the same.  You must finish all documents and fees before the previous school is asked to transfer the I-20 to Hope Lutheran.


Below is an outline of the admissions process for International (I-20) students  for grades K-8. It may answer many of the questions about how to enroll your child at Hope Lutheran, explain what information or items are needed from you, and detail Hope Lutheran's expectations during the process.


  • Schedule a personal tour of our campus and meet with our Principal.  Informational packets are provided during the tour and students are always welcome to tour with a parent/guardian.  For families abroad, contact our main office and the application materials will be emailed or mailed directly to you.  Items included:
    • International Student Application for Admissions Packet
    • International Tuition Rates

Helpful Websites

Department of Homeland Security

Department of Homeland Security

Department of Homeland Security

I-901 Fee Payments and Status Checking from the Department of Homeland Security. 

U.S Embassy

Department of Homeland Security

Department of Homeland Security

Locate your U.S. Embassy in your home country. 

U.S. Department of State

Department of Homeland Security

Immigration and Customs Enforcement

Wait times for your Embassy interview and General Information from the U.S. Department of State.

Immigration and Customs Enforcement

SEVIS (Student and Exchange Visitor Program)

Immigration and Customs Enforcement

 General Student and Immigration information from the site of Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

SEVIS (Student and Exchange Visitor Program)

SEVIS (Student and Exchange Visitor Program)

SEVIS (Student and Exchange Visitor Program)

Student and Exchange Visitor Program through the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement about SEVIS.

Education USA

SEVIS (Student and Exchange Visitor Program)

SEVIS (Student and Exchange Visitor Program)

U.S. Colleges general information through Education USA.

Study in the States

Study in the States

Study in the States

Study in the States offers free government resources that explain the rules and regulations governing the international student process in the United States. 

Medical Insurance

Study in the States

Study in the States

Medical insurance is mandatory for all international students, as well as all immunizations, must be up to date. One company, ISM, offers 3 plans for international students in need of medical insurance or you may contact your local medical insurance agency. 

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 We are looking forward to partnering with you in the education of your child and pray that you and your family will be richly blessed at Hope Lutheran School.