All non-U.S. students, including Canadians, accepted to a course or apprenticeship at FHL must request an “I-20 Form” (Certificate of Eligibility for Nonimmigrant Student Status) issued by the University of Washington International Outreach Program. The I-20 Form will be needed to apply for a U.S. student visa through a U.S. embassy or consulate in the student’s home country, a process that may require a month or more. Canadians do not need to obtain a U.S. student visa but will be required to present their I-20 Form at the border when entering the United States. An express mail fee of $40 USD is required for students who need an I-20 sent to a non-U.S. address.
Once the Form I-20 has been issued from the University of Washington, all non-U.S. students, including Canadians, will also need to submit an application and payment for the “SEVIS I-901” fee. SEVIS stands for the “Student and Exchange Visitor Information System.” The fee is $200, and the I-901 payment instructions are provided at the this website.
Stacy Markman, FHL Student Coordinator, will communicate with all international students and will provide information about how to apply for an I-20 Form and a U.S. student visa (F-1 Visa) AFTER a student has been accepted for a course or apprenticeship at Friday Harbor Laboratories.