Admission steps for F-1 students after visiting Durham Tech

The Student and Exchange Visitor Program has extended the allowance of current F-1 students to take additional/all online classes for the academic year 2021-2022. However this allowance does not apply to new F-1 students coming to Durham Tech on new F-1 student visas. Students coming to Durham Tech on new F-1 student visas must take one or more classes that are hybrid or in the classroom.  Since not all departments are offering classes in a hybrid or in-person format for the fall 2021 and spring 2022 semesters, please contact to learn if the program you wish to study will allow you to come to Durham Tech on a new F-1 visa for an upcoming term.

Please feel free to email the International Student Advisors with any questions regarding your F-1 status and beyond, and we will do our best to support you via email or virtual meetings during this complicated time.

A virtual advising meeting is available to any current students or prospective applicants every Thursday at 1 p.m. via Zoom. Join us here (password: CGL) 

Students or applicants who need to submit documentation to International Student Services should do this via the secure Electronic Document Submission Process (to Center for the Global Learner) or mailed to International Student Services/Center for the Global Learner at Durham Tech (1637 E. Lawson St, Durham, NC 27703). Email with questions.

Thank you for your interest in Durham Tech! Please note that admission to the college does not guarantee admission to certain programs. Many programs have additional requirements and may have competitive admissions requirements.

Submit all paper/physical documents to International Student Services located in Building 1, room 1-148 of Durham Tech’s Main Campus. Documents can also be submitted by mail to Durham Tech, International Student Services, 1637 E. Lawson St, Durham, NC 27703.

Allow at least one week after you have completed all requirements below for your I-20 to be prepared.

Requirements for an I-20 to be issued

admissions-step-1.gifComplete residency determination to establish if students qualify for in-state or out-of-state tuition.

  • For assistance completing the application, contact Residency Determination Service (RDS) at 919-835-2290 or visit

admissions-step-2.gifComplete an online Durham Tech Enrollment Application.

  • If you attended high school out of the US, follow these instructions (pdf) to complete the educational section of the application.
  • When you complete the Residency Determination Service (required as part of the enrollment application), respond "NO" to the first question of “Do you claim to be a North Carolina resident?”.  F-1 international students cannot qualify as NC residents.

admissions-step-3.gifComplete the F-1 Student Application-Supplemental form. The form can be filled out on the computer and then printed out. test

admissions-step-4.gifSign Responsibilities of F-1 Students Under SEVIS form.

  • Print out form, read carefully, and sign

admissions-step-5.gifProvide proof of completion of high school (or equivalent).

  • Official high school degree/diploma/national test scores or official college/university degree or diploma. For many countries, a high school or college transcript does not have the information required. Contact us if you are unsure what document to provide. Any documents that are not in English, must be accompanied by an official English Translation.

  • If you have completed college or university courses outside of the US, you must obtain an official evaluation to receive any transfer credit for past courses.

admissions-step-6.gifProvide Evidence of Financial Support

  • Bank Statement or Letter from Bank showing a balance of at least $23,000 USD or the equivalent. All funds should be in US dollars or a currency equivalency ( must be submitted.
  • Sponsorship Documents if the funding is in a sponsor’s account. 
  • $5,000 is required for each F-2 dependent.

admissions-step-7.gifSign up for a ConnectSession

admissions-step-8.gifPrepare for and take placement tests.

  • If you have adequate AP, SAT, or ACT scores or college level English taken in the US, you may not need to take tests.
  • All students who need English testing must first take the Accuplacer ESL test (reading, language use, sentence meaning, and listening).
  • After English testing, meet with an EFL Advisor for an evaluation of your test scores. EFL classes may be required.
  • Health Technologies program applicants should consult with a Health Tech advisor to go over additional testing requirements

admissions-step-9.gifCurrent valid passport and VISA stamp

admissions-step-10.gifI-94  and entry stamp and other docs indicating status. 

  • If you are in a dependent status (F-2, J-2, etc.) All immigration documents of the primary must be submitted.
  • Dependents applying for F-2 status - current immigration documents passport, visa, I-94, and funding for F-2s.

admissions-step-11.gifReview Health Insurance OptionsDurham Tech strongly recommends health insurance for all F-1s and F-2s.

Requirements after I-20 issued

  • Pay the SEVIS I-901 fee with a credit or debit card and print receipt.
    • Print a copy of the receipt. This receipt proof of payment.
    • Important: Students from Kenya, Nigeria, Ghana, The Gambia and Cameroon must pay through Western Union.

Preparing for your visit to the consulate/embassy

  • Schedule an interview with the US Consulate or Embassy where you will apply for your visa.
  • Visa processing times can vary. Make sure you allow enough time to get the visa in order to enter the US prior to the start of classes.
  • Suggested items to bring to interview for visa application (originals):
    • Current valid passport
    • I-20 documents signed by school official and student
    • SEVIS I-901 Receipt of payment
    • Acceptance letter from Durham Tech
    • Evidence of financial support
    • Any other documentation listed on the Consulate/Embassy’s website such as: visa application, photos, visa fee payment or proof of payment, proof of ties to home country, etc.

Please contact the Center for the Global Learner if you receive your visa stamp or if you have any issues with your visa process.

After receiving your F-1 Visa stamp

  • Book your flight to the US. You can arrive in the US up to 30 days prior to the I-20 start date.

  • Make housing arrangements. Utilize your local NC contacts to assist you in finding housing and planning transportation. Durham Tech does not provide airport pick up, transportation or housing for students.  Visit our resources web page for helpful information regarding housing, transportation, banking, community events and entertainment.

Arriving arriving in the US

  • Check-in at the ISS Office or at the scheduled mandatory International Student Orientation (whichever is first) within 1 week after your arrival to Durham Tech.  Bring all immigration documents with you.
  • Attend the mandatory International Student Orientation. 
Term Date of Orientation
Fall 2022 August 10, 2022
Spring 2022 January 5, 2022


  • Register for your classes if you have not done so already.  Your visa requires that you enroll in at least 12 credit hours.
  • Pay for your classes