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Canadian Students

Whether or not you intend to cross the border every day or live in the U.S. as an F-1 student while you pursue your academic goals at Macomb, we are here to help you.

If you are moving to the United States

If you plan on moving to the U.S. while you study, please create an admissions account and submit an application for admission. You will be contacted with information to complete the steps to obtain your F1 student visa. Contact the International Student Services Office at f1student@macomb.edu if you have questions. You will need to follow the instructions for Student Still in Home Country. Please note that you can go to the U.S. side of the Canadian/U.S. border for processing instead of an embassy (must have I-20 and proof of paying the I-901 fee).

If you are commuting from Ontario

If you plan to commute every day, the requirements are slightly different.

  • Create an admissions account and submit an application for admission.
  • You will be contacted with information to complete the steps to obtaining your F1 student visa.
  • An I-20 will be created for you on a term by term basis (you can study full time or part time).
  • You will need to follow the instructions for Commuting Canadian Students.
  • Instead of going to the embassy in Canada, students may go to the U.S. side of the Canadian/U.S. border for processing (must have I-20 and proof of paying the I-901 fee).

Commuting Canadian Students

Steps to obtain an F-1 student visa from Macomb Community College if you plan to live in Canada and cross the border to attend classes.

  1. Prospective applicant should create an admissions account and submit an application on the Macomb Community College website.
  2. Take our Placement test to evaluate English proficiency.
  3. Once your English proficiency score is approved, log in to your admission account to review additional requirements and upload your completed forms. If there are any questions regarding your submissions, we will contact you.
  4. Once all required documents are submitted and approved, your I-20 Form will be created. We will then contact you to schedule an appointment to come into the office to sign your I-20.
  5. When you receive your I-20, pay the SEVIS fee online. Take the I-20 and SEVIS payment receipt to the U.S. side of the Canadian/US border for processing.
  6. Notify the International Student Services office (f1student@macomb.edu) that you have been approved. You will then be able to complete the remaining steps to be permitted to register.

Checklist

The documents you need to return to Macomb to be considered for admission are: (click on links to access and print forms)

1. Admission Application Applicant’s signature and Canadian address on the Application for Admission is mandatory.
2. English Proficiency Macomb Placement test, TOEFL or IELTS test
3. I-20 Information Form Information used by Macomb Community College to create the I-20.
4. Bank Statement  We require recent (within last 60 days), official statement(s) indicating the sponsor has at least $8,100 in U.S. dollars, in an account(s) to support the F-1 student. If the statement lists a foreign currency, we also require a letter from the bank, in English, translating the amount to U.S. dollars.
5. Financial Affidavit Signed statement by the student attesting to the fact that they are fully aware of the financial obligations of their sponsor and acknowledge that they are not permitted to work. Also signed by the sponsor attesting to the fact that they have sufficient funds to meet the student’s expenses and acknowledge that they understand the student is not permitted to work.
6. Contact Information  Student contact information and work history form.
7. Academic Affidavit Signed statement by student recognizing they understand the academic responsibilities of an F-1 student at Macomb Community College. Only required if attending full-time.
8. Waiver Form Signed statement by student attesting to the fact that Macomb Community College is not liable or responsible for any decisions made by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.
9. Passport Copy of passport.
10. SEVIS I-901 Fee Processing Website and instructions for paying the I-901 SEVIS fee.
Use school code DET214F00557000.
11. I-901 Receipt Take the receipt to the border and also send or bring a copy to Macomb.
12. Visa and I-94 card Macomb must make copies of these forms for the applicant’s file.