The Christian Culinary Academy is authorized under Federal law to enroll nonimmigrant alien students. The following steps are to provide general information about the steps needed to acquire an M-1 student visa. You will be assigned a Designated School Official (DSO) who will personally work with you through the entire process to attend the Christian Culinary Academy (CCA).
Students from outside the United States can attend CCA by:
To apply for an M-1 Student Visa:
- Contact Us at the Christian Culinary Academy to inform us of your intentions.
- Apply and get accepted to school.
Once you are formally accepted, request form I-20, "Certificate of Eligibility for Nonimmigrant Student Status" from school.
- Before applying for the visa, you must apply for, and get accepted to CCA (See "Enrollment Process" for details and prerequisites).
Pay the I-901 SEVIS fee.
Apply for Student Visa.
- At this point a student record will be created by CCA in the Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS) at U.S. Immigration.
- Student brings their form I-20 and other required documents to local U.S. Embassy to apply for a student visa from the U.S. Department of State.
Arrive in the United States.
- (Canadian citizens are not required to attend a visa interview.)
Maintain Status During Program Study.
- Student arrives no more than 30 days before the program start date and presents their form I-20 and valid student visa to U.S. Customs at the port of entry. Upon entry you have exactly 1 year to depart the United States. Therefore, speak with school to discuss how early you should arrive to complete our 1-year program within that period of time.
Depart the United States.
- Student must continue in full course of study, may not work without prior authorization, and work with CCA if they cannot finish classes before their program end date and visa expiration date.
- You have 30 days after completion of the program to depart, no later than 1 full year from date of arrival.