In order to study abroad in the United States as an international student,
you need to complete a U.S. government document called a Form I-20. The
Form I-20 is a certificate of eligibility for nonimmigrant student status,
and allows you to attend ESL classes at an English school in the U.S.
Keep reading for answers to questions about the two different I-20 forms
and their purposes.
What is a Nonimmigrant?
A nonimmigrant is a term used by the U.S. government to refer to an alien
or non-resident of the U.S. who is legally admitted into the country for
a period of time. A nonimmigrant may enter the U.S. as an international
student on a
student visa and Form I-20, or may come to the U.S. to work, visit family or friends,
or marry. For the purposes of applying for a Form I-20, nonimmigrants
can be classified as F-1 Status or M-1 Status.
What Are the Differences Between the Two Different I-20 Forms?
The Form I-20 is available for two different statuses of international
students, as designated by F-1 Status and M-1 Status. F students are international
students who have been admitted to an academic or language school in the
U.S., and they will need to fill out a Form I-20 for Nonimmigrant F-1
Student Status. M students are international students who have been admitted
to a vocational school in the U.S., and will need to fill out a Form I-20
for Nonimmigrant M-1 Student Status.
Why Is a Form I-20 Needed?
A Form I-20 is necessary to enter the U.S. lawfully, and to apply for certain
government documents. You will need your I-20 form to pay your I-901 SEVIS
fee to your language school, and to apply for your student visa, driver’s
license, and social security number.
At Bluedata International Institute, we have been helping international students
learn English in NYC since 1997. We are authorized to enroll nonimmigrant ESL students, and
are accredited by the Commission on English Language Program Accreditation.
To learn more about our ESL classes and admissions process, call us today
at (917) 780-4855.