In most cases, to study at the New York Film Academy’s NYC, LA, and South Beach, Florida campuses, students will require an F-1 student visa. Students wishing to enroll in our Musical Theatre programs or workshop will require an M-1 student visa.
Please note that the U.S. government prohibits studying full-time
on a tourist visa.
In order to apply for a student visa, students will need an I-20 A-B Certificate
which will be issued to you by the NYFA International Student Office. In order to be eligible to get an I-20 you would have to enroll in a full time class, which includes all workshops and programs except the one-week and evening classes.
Before issuing the I-20 certificate you must apply and be accepted to a program. Please click here
to learn more about the process to apply for a program.
Once we have received all the proper documents for the I-20 certificate, we will process and send out the I-20 certificate via express courier within 3-5 business days. We will send you an email to confirm it has been sent and this email will include the SEVIS ID # and instructions on how to pay the SEVIS fee.
Please note that you must provide evidence that you have sufficient financial backing to receive a student visa.
About the SEVIS I 901 Fee
A $350 SEVIS I-901 fee is required by the US Government to be paid for all I-20s. You can only pay this fee after
your I-20 application has been processed and a SEVIS ID number has been created for you.
Visa Application Process
Once you have your I-20 Certificate (or at least the SEVIS ID #), you can begin the process to apply for a student visa.
Canadians do not need to apply for a visa to study at NYFA, but you do need to enter the US with student status. To enter the US in F-1 status you need the I-20 Certificate, proof of Canadian citizenship and financial documents that prove you have the funds available to pay for your tuition and living expenses.
In order to obtain an F-1 or M-1 visa, you must complete the DS-160 Visa Application and make an appointment at the U.S. Embassy or Consulate in your country for a visa interview. At this interview, they will decide whether to issue you a visa.
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The length of time it takes to get a visa appointment varies in different countries. Please see this website
for information on the time it takes to get a visa interview and be issued a visa in each US Consulate.
For more information on visas and to locate a Consular office, please click here
To see a list of Frequently Asked Questions, please click here