Is it possible to get F1 Visa for community college?
Yes you can. But, there’s a trick to that. I will explain that with two examples.
In this article, you can read two F1 Visa interview experience for Community College. Then, you can read why one student got F1 visa, and other got rejected.
F1 Visa for Community College – Rejected
I was denied my F1 visa during my first interview at the New Delhi consulate. Here’s my background:
I am a high school graduate, and I was accepted into Foothill College (2-year transfer community college) in California. The Visa Officer, during my interview, asked me two questions about the college. Here’re the questions and answers:
1) How did you hear about Foothill?
The college was mentioned during a college spotlight at school by my college counsellor.
2) Why Foothill College?
The fees are comparatively more economical as compared to the other college I was accepted into(i.e., Florida Inst. Of Tech.). Another reason is that Foothill has an excellent transfer program to the University of California schools.
3) Do you have anybody in the U.S?
After the third question, visa officer denied my visa stating that he found me to be a non-credible student and issued me the 214(b).
I didn’t have the chance to present any of my academic records or any other documents. I am planning to reapply again very soon, and I need suggestions as to what I could do different/correct this time.
There aren’t a lot of changes I can make with my application itself, so I depend solely on my interview itself. I look forward to your suggestions.
F1 Visa for Community College – Approved
Here’s another student who got his F1 Visa sharing his experience.
I have received five years F1 visa for a community college (Pierce College) in Los Angeles. Here’s how?
I applied in January, but I got rejected.
Reason. I could not convince the VO why I am selecting a community college over a university. They need a solid proof.
I applied again in July of the same year, and I got my visa.
I took the course curriculum with me telling them what’s the main reason for community college and what exactly am gonna do. Same classes at university were at community college but at four times the price of community college.
So, I explained the VO why should I pay more for same classes when I can cover them at much affordable price plus how flexible is a community college.
I got my visa and I am typing this sitting from LA. I did some mistakes but not I am on track again. I am transferring to UCLA, and I would recommend everybody “stay honest to yourself” and “Be confident” good wishes from LA.
Visa officers expect students were going to community college to tell them their plans to transfer to 4-year college. You have to make this argument to get F1 Visa for attending the community college. If you can’t convince your visa officer, then you can’t get the visa.
Now, you know the trick. It’s time to save some money by studying first two years in a community college and then transfer to the 4-year university.