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Intensive English Program

Follow the step-by-step checklist below to apply to the College and request an I-20 form.

Apply for Admission and I-20 Form

If you are eligible for associate’s degree programs you will begin in the fall or spring semesters.

Application Windows for the Intensive English Program

Overseas or Change of Status Applications

  • Fall Semester: February 15 to June 30
  • Spring Semester: July 15 to November 30
  • Summer Session: December 15 to April 1

F-1 Transfer Applications

  • Fall Semester: February 15 to August 1
  • Spring Semester: July 15 to December 15
  • Summer Session: December 15 to May 1
1. Create a Student Profile Online

Create a student profile online in MyWorkforce. MyWorkforce is the application and registration system for the Intensive English Program.

Create Profile

Make note of your username (email address) and password. You will need them to pay your international student application fee.

2. International Student Application Fee

If you plan on changing your status to F1 in the U.S., you should meet with an International Student Advisor in the Office of International Students before paying the fee.

Submit a non-refundable International Student Application fee of $75.

Fee payment options:

  • Credit Card/E-CheckPay online with a credit card (American Express, MasterCard or Visa) or E-check (US Banks only). Important: You must log into your MyWorkforce profile that you created in step 1 to make the payment by credit card.
  • Money Order – You may pay the fee by attaching a money order made out to Northern Virginia Community College to your I-20 application package.
  • Bank Transfer – Email NovaWorkforceAnswers@nvcc.edu for information on how to pay by bank transfer or ACH transfer.
3. I-20 Application Form

Download, complete, print and sign the I-20 Application Form.

4. F-1 Financial Statement Form

If you have a sponsor, please have the sponsor complete and sign the second page of the F-1 form. See Financial Documents for more information.

5. Bank Statement

NOTE: If your sponsor is a U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident, he or she may submit form I-134 as proof of funds. Please see the Affidavit of Support (I-134) site for more information.

6. Proof of Completion of Secondary Education

Provide evidence that you have completed the equivalent of a U.S. high school education. If the documentation is not in English, you need to submit an official English translation. Please do not send original diplomas or certificates as we cannot return them to you. (NOTE: If the documentation is not in English, you need to submit an official English translation.)

  • Certified copy of your secondary school diploma or certificate equivalent to a U.S. high school diploma OR
  • Evidence of your attendance in college or university level studies.
  • Participants in a J-1 Au Pair or Summer Work Travel program may demonstrate that they have met this requirement by providing a copy of your DS-2019.
  • If you are currently still in high school but will graduate soon, please ask your school to provide an official letter stating the date by which you will complete your studies. You must complete your secondary education before you begin classes at NOVA.
7. Passport

Provide a photocopy of your passport ID page.

F-1 Transfer Students:

  • Please include a copy of your current I-20

Change of Status Students:

  • Please include a copy of your current visa, current I-94 and any immigration documentation you have for your current status (i.e. DS-2019 if in J-1 status, I-797 if a previous change of status)

NOTE: Application Deadlines for F-1 Transfer and Change of Status Students:

All forms and documents should be mailed or delivered directly to the Office of International Student Services no later than the deadline.

Mailing Address:
Office of International Student Services
Northern Virginia Community College
7630 Little River Turnpike, Suite 405
Annandale, VA 22003

Phone: 703.323.3423
Email: oiss@nvcc.edu
Office Hours: Monday through Friday, 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

After the Office of International Student Services reviews your documents and determines that you have met all the requirements, the I-20 will be issued. Based on the information you provided on your I-20 Application Form, we will mail your I-20 to you or call you to let you know when it is ready to pick up.