International F-1 Admissions

The admission requirements for new, transfer and change-of-status international students attending Wake Tech are listed below. Please read the requirements carefully to ensure a complete International Admissions Application is submitted by the appropriate deadline. 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 with the status of your application. You can return to your application portal to check the status as well. If your application is incomplete, you will use the International Admissions-Documentation Needed form provided in the email to submit the remaining required documents. Wake Tech will hold your application and supporting documentation on file for one year. After that, the contents of your application and supporting documentation will be destroyed, and you will be required to resubmit the application and supporting documentation if you are still interested in attending the college.

After your application is complete, you will be issued an I-20 for an eligible associate degree or the English as a Foreign Language program during our issuance period for the semester. Once your receive the I-20, your next step is to make a visa appointment for a non-immigrant F-1 visa with the U.S. embassy or consulate in your home country and submit a change-of-status application to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). If you want to defer your I-20 to another semester, an updated bank letter and the application fee will be required by the application deadline. Email [email protected] to request to defer your I-20 to another semester to receive further instructions.  

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

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

Change of status: An applicant who is currently in the United States with an immigration status but wants to change the status to be a full-time student only. With the I-20, the applicant will apply with USCIS for a change of status from his or her current status to F-1 student status. Wake Tech does not have a deadline for change-of-status applications.

Deadlines for completed F-1 application

Applicant
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

Eligible programs of study

Wake Tech is approved by USCIS to issue I-20s for certain programs of study for F-1 students.

Admissions requirements

Submit the online Wake Tech International Admissions Application to include the following items below. Save the documents to your device to upload to your application:

  • Passport document – Provide a copy of your passport photo page with the expiration date. If you do not have a passport, submit a copy of your birth certificate with a certified translation.
  • Immigration documents – Change-of-status applicants must provide a copy of their entry visas, entry stamp in their passports, I-94 and I-797 approval notices, if applicable. Transfer applicants must provide a copy of all previous I-20s, latest I-94, latest entry stamp in the passports, entry visa, I-797 approval notice, if applicable, and employment authorization card, if applicable.
  • 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. Please limit your bank documentation to 10 pages or less. The minimum current balance is $29,350 for an individual student. For dependents, add $5,000 for the spouse and $2,000 per child. The bank letter must be in English or accompanied by a certified translation.
  • Educational documents – Provide complete official academic records from secondary (equivalent to high school education in the U.S.) or/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.
  • International (F-1) Student Medical form – This must be signed by a practicing physician. A TB test within the last 12 months is required. If the TB test is positive, a chest X-ray result within the last 12 months also is required. The TB test and chest X-ray results must include dates.
  • Dependent documents – If you have a dependent included in your international admissions application to receive a dependent I-20, we will need a copy of your marriage certificate and spouse's passport for a spouse dependent. For a child or children dependent(s), we will need a copy of their birth certificate(s) and passport(s). Any documentation not in English has to be accompanied by a certified translation.
  • $40 non-refundable application fee – At the end of the application, you will be required to pay the application fee via credit card to submit your application.