How to Apply to study English in the USA

Applying to our English Program is very easy!

Applying to the LADO International Institute is an easy process where we guide and assist you every step of your application process: student visa, transfer, change of status, or reinstatement.

Student (F-1) Visa

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Only three steps to achieve your dreams!

Applying to LADO will take a maximum of three business days. To get your visa, please plan your trip one or two months in advance.

1 Prepare your documents

2 Complete your application

3 Get your Visa

Prepare your documents
You only need:

  1. A copy of your passport
  2. A copy of your bank statement with the current balance

Do you have a sponsor?

  1. If your sponsor is a citizen or resident (permanent or temporary) of the USA, he/she must fill out the I-134: http://www.uscis.gov/i-134
  2. If your sponsor is not citizen or resident of the USA, he/she must write a letter stating that he/she will support your studies at LADO.
Complete your application
Contact us or fill out our application form:

  1. We will contact you within 24 hours
  2. Make the following payments: $70 Registration fee + $1,500 Deposit
  3. We will issue your I-20 (document that will support your visa application) in three business days

Note: If you want LADO to send the I-20 to your country, shipping fees will apply.

If the visa application is rejected, LADO will refund the entire deposit and the registration fee (Contact your Admissions officer for more information)

Get your Visa
Once you receive the I-20:

  1. Pay the SEVIS fee ($200) and print the I-901: https://fmjfee.com
  2. Set up an appointment with the embassy of the USA in your country
  3. Get your visa
  4. Travel!

Notes:

  • Contact the embassy to check what other documents you might need for your interview. If you need help with homestay, please click here!
  • Please try to arrive one week before your class starts so you can take your placement test. Don't forget to bring your passport with you.
  • SEVIS and Visa fees are non-refundable
  • The placement test schedule depends on your center. Click here to learn address and information of the center.

Transfer to us

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Only three steps to transfer to LADO!

The transfer process is very fast! You can transfer any time before the class starts.

1 Prepare your documents

2 Complete your application

3 Register

Prepare your documents

You only need:

 

  1. A copy of your passport
  2. A copy of your I-20
  3. A copy of I-94
  4. A copy of your F1 visa or Change of Status approval
  5. A copy of your bank statement with the current balance
  6. The International Transfer form. Download the form here: Arlington Campus, Washington DC Campus, Silver Spring Campus, Baldwin-Wallace Campus (Berea, OH)
Complete your application
You can contact us or fill out our application form:

 

  1. We will contact you within 24 hours
  2. Fill out the top of the International Transfer Form and send the form to your current school
  3. Your current school will send the International Transfer Form to LADO via fax or email. If you are "in status" and we have received the required documentation, make your payments: $70 registration fee, 1 month of tuition. Click here for prices and schedule.
  4. LADO will issue an acceptance letter for you and then your current school will release your SEVIS records to LADO
Register
Once you receive the acceptance letter:

 

  1. Come to LADO, take your placement test, and register for class!

Note: Don't forget to request your I-20 once your classes start.

The placement test schedule depends on your center. Click here to learn address and information of the center.

Change your status

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Only three steps to change your status!

If you are “in status” in the United States and your visa allows you to change your status, LADO will assist you during the process. What do you need to do?

1 Prepare your documents and contact us

2 Complete your application

3 Get your Change of Status approval

Prepare your documents and contact us

Make an appointment with one of our DSOs (Designated School Officials) (where?: click here), and bring the documents (*) to one of our offices

  1. A copy of your passport
  2. A copy of your visa
  3. Form I-94: https://i94.cbp.dhs.gov/I94/consent.html
  4. Form I-539: http://www.uscis.gov/i-539
  5. A letter explaining why you want to become a student in the USA
  6. A copy of your bank statement with the current balance (last three month transactions)

Do you have a sponsor?

  1. If your sponsor is a citizen or resident (permanent or temporary) of the USA, he/she must fill out the I-134: http://www.uscis.gov/i-134
  2. If your sponsor is not citizen or resident of the USA, he/she must write a letter stating that he/she will support your studies at LADO.
  3. The sponsor must provide an original letter from his/her employer, translated into English, stating the following: Date and nature of the employment, salary paid (in $US), whether the position is temporary or permanent.

Before making any payment, please contact the admissions officer to review the documentation and verity that you are eligible for a change of status.

Note: You could be required to bring more documents depending on your status.

You cannot apply for a change of status until you have been in the U.S. for three months or longer and you must have at least 45 days before your I-94 expiration date

Complete your application
  1. If you have received the confirmation of eligibility from one of our Admissions Officers, please fill out the application form and make the following payments:
  • $70 registration fee
  • $240 Change of Status processing fee
  • $1,500 deposit

2. We will issue your I-20 (document that will support your change of status application) within three business days.

Note: If the Change of Status application is rejected, LADO will refund the deposit and the registration fee (Contact your Admissions officer for more information)

Get your Change of Status approval
  1. Pay the SEVIS fee ($200) and print the I-901: https://fmjfee.com
  2. Prepare a money order or check payable to the Department of Homeland Security for $370.
  3. Send your documents to USCIS:
    USCIS
    ATTN: I-539
    2501 S. State Highway 121 Business
    Suite 400
    Lewisville, TX 75067
  4. USCIS will adjudicate your application and will send you a notification letter via mail. Once you receive the approval letter from USCIS, come to the center you applied to, take your placement test, and register for class!

Notes:

    • SEVIS and Department of Homeland Security fees are non-refundable
    • The placement test schedule depends on your center. Click here to learn the address and information of the center.
    • The Change of Status approval can take between three to six months (in some cases it could be longer)
    • If approved you will not receive a visa stamp in your passport and if you leave the country you will need to apply for a (F-1) student visa

Reinstatement

What is reinstatement?
Reinstatement allows you the opportunity to regain valid F-1 status. You may be eligible for reinstatement only if you:

  • Have not been out of status for more than 5 months (exceptions apply if there were exceptional circumstances)
  • Are currently enrolled or intend to enroll for a full-time course load
  • Can establish that the violation of status resulted from circumstances beyond your control
  • Have not engaged in unauthorized employment
  • Can document sufficient financial resources to pursue a full-time course load
  • Do not have a history of repeated violations
  • Are not deportable from the USA on any other grounds

I don't need a visa

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Only two steps to achieve your language goals!

Applying to LADO is easy. One of our representatives can help you find the perfect program for you.

1 Contact us or fill out the application form

2 Visit a center, take the placement test and register

Note: The placement test schedule depends on your center. Click here to learn address and information of the center.

There is a one-time registration fee ($70)

Applying to LADO International Institute at Baldwin Wallace University Campus

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