New International Student Seeking an F1 Visa

How to Apply

Step 1: International Student Application

  • Download and print application. Your application must be completed, signed and returned along with all required/requested information.
  • Mail all original documents to: Northwest Vista College, International Student Services, Desert Willow Welcome Center Rm 202, 3535 N. Ellison Dr, San Antonio, TX 78251

Step 2: Apply to Northwest Vista College

Step 3: Financial Documentation

  • Complete the financial information in the International Student Application.
  • Provide a letter from your bank stating you have the equivalent of $25,000.00 U.S. dollars.
    • The letter must be dated within 60 days and must be in English.
    • Make sure to complete on the International Student Application, the Financial Resource Requirements.
  • If you are bringing your spouse or children, you will be required to prove an additional $5,000.00 per dependent.
    • Make sure to complete on the International Student Application, Dependent Form.
    • A copy of dependent’s Passport will also be required.

Step 4: Official Academic Records (high school and/or college)

  • All students will need to submit a transcript of the last school attended.
  • If the high school or college is not a U.S. school, then transcript must be translated and evaluated.
  • Translation and Evaluation companies may be found at
  • Northwest Vista College will only accept translated and evaluated copies from the above mentioned web site. 
  • All transcripts received must be in their original envelope and sealed, no open documents will be accepted.

Step 5: English Proficiency – TOEFL or IELTS Score

  • TOEFL exam score.
    • 500 Paper-Based Test
    • 173 Computer-Based Test
    • 61 Internet-Based Testing
  • IELTS exam score.
    • 5.5 on the exam.
  • Make sure to request the test company send an official copy of the exam results. An official copy is a copy sealed in an envelope.

Step 6: Photo

  • Send a Passport size photo with your International Student Application

Step 7: Statement of Understanding

  • Sign and date the Statement of Understanding on your International Student Application

Step 8: Processing Fee

  • $100.00 U.S. Dollars (Non-Refundable)
  • Two Options for submitting $100 Processing fee:


All documents must be received before the posted deadline.  Incomplete and/or late applications will not be considered. 

Application deadline for a New Student Seeking an F-1 Visa is:

  • Fall Semester is May 15
  • Spring Semester is October 1

  Application deadlines for a transfer student, with college credits, and a current F1 visa: 

  • Fall semester is June 15
  • Spring semester is November 1

    Students with an active F-1 visa and non-college credits (ex. ESL) deadline:

  • Fall semester is May 15
  • Spring semester is October 1

   NVC does not admit international students for the summer semester.