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Visas and Documentation

Your Immigration Documents

The following is intended to help you understand the purpose of your immigration documents. These documents should be kept in a secure place at all times when not in use:

Form I-20

The form I-20 is issued by Colorado College and will be mailed to you prior to your arrival. This is the form you will bring to the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate in your country to apply for a visa. You must also present your I-20 to an immigration official every time you enter the U.S. from abroad. Keep your I-20 in a safe place and consult our office immediately if it has been stolen or lost.

Visa

Your visa is the stamp that was issued to you by a U.S. embassy or consulate overseas and placed in your passport. It is important only for entry into the U.S. The expiration date on your visa simply determines the time during which you may enter the U.S. It does not affect how long you can stay in the country and it does not have to remain valid while you are here. You will only need to renew your visa if it has expired and you are planning to leave and re-enter the U.S.

I-94

The Arrival and Departure Record is the I-94, in either paper or electronic format, issued by a Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Officer to foreign visitors entering the United States.  It shows the terms of your admission, including your legal status, length of time you may stay and expected departure date.   Customs & Border Protection ("CBP") began implementing the automated version of the Form I-94 Arrival/Departure Record at air and seaports of entry on April 30, 2013.  Nonimmigrants will need their Form I-94 when requesting certain benefits from the U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS) and when requesting for public benefits from other governmental agencies, including Social Security Number (SSN) from the Social Security Administration (SSA) and/or a driver's license from a state Department of Motor Vehicles.  

Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS)

In an effort to manage information on international students more efficiently, the U.S. government has developed a program called the Student and Exchange Visitor Information System or SEVIS. This is an internet-based system that allows schools to exchange information with the government about international students throughout their academic careers in the U.S.

As part of SEVIS reporting requirements, we must collect and send the following information to the U.S. Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration Services:

  • Your name, date of birth, country of birth and citizenship, source and amount of financial resources and program start and end dates
  • Your arrival and enrollment at CC or failure to enroll
  • A change in your legal name or address
  • Graduation prior to the end date listed on your I-20
  • Academic or disciplinary actions taken due to criminal conviction
  • Registration of less than a full course of study (less than 3 blocks per semester) without prior authorization
  • Termination date and reason
  • Failure to complete your academic program