Congratulations on your admission to Lower Columbia College!

We can't wait to meet you.

Please follow these important steps if you have already Applied for Admission and received your Admission Packet. If not, please see How to Apply or contact us at

Next Steps for Admitted Students


Step 1: As soon as you get your admission packet: schedule your Visa interview

Do this now and don't wait!

This is also called the "SEVIS fee." You must pay before you can schedule your Visa appointment with the US Embassy. It is easiest to do this online if possible, with a credit card or debit card. Visa, MasterCard, and American Express are accepted.

  • Have your I-20 available. You will need it to fill out the form. Make sure you are able to print from your computer, as you will need to print your receipt
  • Go to the I-901 Fee website and follow the prompts. Study in the States has a video about how to pay the fee.
  • Once you submit your payment, a payment confirmation will be displayed, which is a I-797C form. Print this for your records.
  • You can check on your payment, or reprint your confirmation by visiting the I-901 Fee website.

Once you have paid your I-901 fee and you have your I-797C proof of payment, you can schedule your visa appointment. Have your I-20 and I-797C ready.

  • To schedule your appointment, visit the US Embassy website and choose the embassy where you plan to have your interview.
  • Once you are at the embassy website, choose "Visa" from the drop-down menu, and select the option "Apply for a non-immigrant Visa". Here you will find the instructions for scheduling an appointment. Remember, you are applying for a "non-immigrant" F-1 visa.
  • Read NAFSA's 10 Points to Remember When Applying for a Student Visa.
  • Bring your Passport, I-20, I-797C, Proof of Financial Support, Admission Letter, transcripts, and any additional information listed on the embassy website or your appointment confirmation.
  • If your visa is denied, you can re-apply for a visa by applying for another interview. Your I-901 fee payment is good for one year. Please see the Visa Denials web page for detailed information about denials and reapplying. Please note: LCC will only issue one additional I-20 if you postpone your attendance due to a visa denial.



Step 2: As soon as you get your Visa: Prepare to arrive in the USA and at Lower Columbia College.

Confirm your housing plans, and schedule your flight.

See our housing page for detailed information about housing options and costs.

If you have not paid your housing assistance fee and confirmed your housing plans before the housing confirmation deadline, your I-20 will be canceled. We cannot support students who arrive on campus without housing.

  • Schedule your flight to arrive on new international student arrival day. Flights must be booked to arrive at Portland International Airport (PDX). If you have not arranged for us to pick you up, you will be required to arrange for your own transportation from the airport.
  • Submit New Student Arrival FormAll students must report their arrival information. If you do not, we will not be prepared for your arrival, and may not be able to assist you.
  • For your trip: make sure you bring your passport, I-20, I-707C, admission letter, and airport pick-up information.

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