International F-1 Admissions

The admission requirements for both new, transfer and change-of-status students are listed below. Please read all of the admissions requirements carefully and fill out all the forms completely. Please submit and complete the international F-1 student visa admissions requirements by the application deadlines listed below. Once the International Student Office receives all the required documentation, a decision will be made concerning your enrollment at the college.

Processing may take up to 10 business days. After your application is processed, you will receive an email notification with instructions on how to check the status of your application using Self-Service. If your application is incomplete, Self-Service will indicate the required documents needed to complete your application. The college will hold your application and supporting documentation on file for one year. After that time, the contents of your application and supporting documentation will be destroyed, and you will be required to resubmit the application and all supporting documentation if you are still interested in attending the college.

After approval of your application and all supporting documentation, you will be issued an I-20 for an associate degree or the English as a Foreign Language program. Once received, you must take the I-20 to the U.S. embassy or consulate office in your country and complete a non-immigrant visa application to apply for a student F-1 visa. If you want to defer your I-20 to another semester, some updated documentation and the application fee will be required by the application deadline.

Applying outside the U.S.: This is a student who resides outside the United States. The student wants to apply to receive an I-20. With this I-20, the student will apply for an F-1 student visa to come to Wake Tech and study as a full-time student.

Transfer active I-20: This is a student who is currently in the United States studying at an institution with an I-20. The student wants to apply to Wake Tech to transfer his or her active I-20 to study as a full-time student.

Change of status: This is a student who is currently in the United States with an immigration status. However, the student wants to apply to receive an I-20. With this I-20, the student will apply with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services for a change of status from his or her current status to F-1 student status. If the change of status is approved, the student plans to study at Wake Tech as a full-time student. We do not have an application deadline for an applicant to receive an I-20 to apply for a change of status with USCIS.

Deadlines for completed F-1 application

Fall semester
Spring semester
Summer term
Applying outside U.S.
April 15
September 15
February 15
Transfer active I-20
July 15
December 1
April 15
Check-in time – Applying outside U.S
Middle of July
Middle of November
Middle of April

International F-1 admissions requirements

1. Submit the online Wake Tech International (F-1) Admissions Application. Please provide complete information and attach the documents below to your online application.

You will save the following documents to your device to upload with your online application:

a. Passport photo page with expiration date – Please provide a copy of your passport to ensure your name (and your dependents’ names, if applicable) is listed correctly on the I-20. If you do not have a passport, please submit a copy of your birth certificate with a certified translation.

b. Immigration documents – Change-of-status applicants must provide a copy of your entry visa, entry stamp in your passport, I-94 and I-797 approval notice (if applicable). Transfer applicants must provide a copy of your previous I-20s, I-94 and F-1 entry stamp in your passport, F-1 visa, I-797 approval notice (if applicable) and Employment Authorization Card (if applicable).

c. Financial documents – An Affidavit of Support form and a letter from your sponsor’s bank giving specific current account balance information or a letter from your bank. The bank letter must be in English or accompanied by a certified translation.

d. Educational documentation – Completion of secondary education (equivalent to high school education in the U.S.) or a degree received. Provide complete official academic records from secondary and post-secondary schools with certified translations. The academic records should include your transcripts with courses taken, grades received, grading scales, completion certificates for secondary education, examination results from the Examination Council and/or degrees awarded.

e. International (F-1) Student Medical form – It must be signed by a practicing physician. A TB test is required within the last 12 months. If the TB test is positive, the chest X-ray result within the last 12 months is required. (Note: The TB test and chest X-ray results must include dates.).

2.  I-20 Delivery Options form – You must complete this form to indicate how you would like to receive your I-20. The I-20 packet must be addressed to or picked up by the student, per immigration regulations. Upon submission of this application, you will receive a link to complete the form.

3.  Status Clearance form  – This is required of transfer students only. You must complete this form to transfer your active I-20 to Wake Tech. Upon submission of this application, you will receive a link in the email notification to complete the form.

4.  $40 non-refundable application fee – To pay the application fee, you have two options:

By mail – A U.S. money order, a cashier’s check drawn on a U.S. bank or a personal check associated with a U.S. bank, payable to Wake Technical Community College for $40, can be mailed to the address below. Please write your full name and date of birth or student ID # on a note and enclose the note with the application fee.

Wake Technical Community College
International Student Office
9101 Fayetteville Road
Raleigh, NC 27603
United States

By wire transfer (non -U.S currency) – For a wire transfer using Flywire, your student ID # is required. You will receive your student ID # via email after your application has been processed. Please wait until you have received your student ID # to submit the application fee via wire transfer.

Benefits/How to Pay Flier - Part I
Benefits/How to Pay Flier - Part II
(Note: The two-part PDF includes a total of 17 languages.)

The TOEFL is not required; instruction in English as a Foreign Language is given at the college. If applicants have taken the TOEFL, ACT or SAT and attach the scores to the online application, it will be considered as part of the placement information to determine if a placement test and EFL Level I-VI courses can be waived.

Steps to apply