As a newly admitted international student at PCC, you must complete the following steps.

Apply for your Student Visa


  • A SEVIS I-901 fee is required for each new SEVIS record.
  • If you are transferring from another U.S. institution, your SEVIS fee should have been paid and will not need to pay this fee again.
  • Once you have received your "Initial Attendance" I-20 from PCC, you must pay the I-901 fee here.
  • Please print out a copy of your payment confirmation for you records.


  • It is important that you check the website for information and updates for the U.S. consulate in the city and country you are applying in.
  • Find a list of consulate and embassies on the U.S. Embassy Site.
  • Please prepare the following documents for you visa application and interview:
    • Admission letter from Pasadena City College
    • I-20 issued by PCC
    • Financial documents
    • Sponsor affidavit
    • Passport  (must be valid for a minimum of 6 months)
    • Any additional required documents
  • Also prepare to clearly explain your plans to return to live and work in your home country after you complete your study.
  • Keep copies of all documents that you submit for nay USCIS procedure for your records.
  • For more information on applying for an F-1 visa by the U.S. Department of States, click here.


Travel Arrangements

  • Once you have successfully obtained your F-1 student via, make travel arrangements to Los Angeles, California (Airport code: LAX).
  • You will only be allowed to enter the United States on or after the indicated Earliest Admission Date shown on your Form I-20
  • You must enter the United States on or before Program Start Date
  • Please carefully plan your arrival to PCC so that you are able to participate in the mandatory International Student Orientation
  • For directions to PCC, click here
  • You can also get to PCC via the following transportation options: