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.
Submit the below documents to start the application process:
Once documents have been reviewed and approved, Hope will review and complete Form I-20 and send to the student.
When the VISA has been issued:
I-901 Fee Payments and Status Checking from the Department of Homeland Security.
Locate your U.S. Embassy in your home country.
Wait times for your Embassy interview and General Information from the U.S. Department of State.
General Student and Immigration information from the site of Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
Student and Exchange Visitor Program through the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement about SEVIS.
U.S. Colleges general information through Education USA.
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 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.