Coming to the Collective from outside the US
One of the things that makes the Collective such a vibrant place to be is the diversity of students who attend.
We welcome students from all over the world. If you’re not a US citizen, you’ll need to obtain a student visa to attend the Collective. Before applying for a visa, however, you must be accepted to the Collective, and have paid your program deposit.
The Visa Process
After your deposit is paid, we’ll send you an I-20 application form for you to fill out and return to us. This is the first step in obtaining your visa. Complete the I-20, and return it along with a $75 I-20 processing fee. When we receive your completed I-20 application form and the processing fee has been paid, we will send you a completed I-20 form.
Next, you must pay an I-901 fee of $200 to the USCIS. This may be done online using Visa, Master Card, or American Express. Please click this link to make your online payment, or go to fmjfee.com. You will need your SEVIS number, which can be found in the upper right hand corner of your I-20 form. It is a an eleven-digit alpha-numerical number starting with the letter N.
Finally, you should make an appointment to go to your regional US Consulate to get a student visa and the approval to come to the United States on an M1 student visa. Make sure that you are assigned an M1 Visa, NOT an F1 Visa.