Foreign Exchange Student Visa Information
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Foreign Exchange Student Visa Information

Foreign Exchange Student Visa Information


[APPLICATION WINDOW for 2019-20  Full School Year  APRIL 1 to JUNE 1]

Second Semester  (School Year 2018-19) Applications due Nov 15, 2018


(Policies, procedures and tuition subject to change.)

IMPORTANT NOTICE: For all International Students F1 or J1: Placement in a specific highschool not guaranteed and subject to space and at the sole discretion of MPS.

Note: Placement Agencies are strongly advised not to presume placement at an individual school until the application process is complete.

For a guide to US international options and procedures visit the US Dept. of Homeland Security Guide for students : Study In The States

Guidelines for the Enrollment of Students with a Visa

Non-Immigrant (Visa) Classifications (most common):

J-1 Visa- Foreign Exchange Student

  1.       Enrollment grades 9 thru 12 only
  2.       Enrollment thru an Approved Exchange Agency listed in the CSIET Advisory Catalog only
  3.       Maximum stay – One Year
  4.       Minimum stay - One semester
  5.       Cannot receive a Diploma (but can participate in graduation ceremonies)
  6.       Expectations of the Student, Agency & the School model "School Policy" pages 3-7 in the CSIET Advisory List
  7.       Student generates state funding – Payment of tuition is not required
  8.       Agency must be Registered with Minnesota Secretary of State ISEO list here:
F-1 Visa - Student Visa

 Grades 9 thru 12 only


      Enrollment via Student Placement Department: Contact Martha Swanson, PDSO or Leana Hendrickson, DSO:


  •     ICE form I-20A now done on-line thru the SEVIS web site
  •     Payment of tuition required at the time of application (Cashiers Check highly recommended). - $9400 (1 full yr). Application (non-refundable) fee $75 may be assessed. Tuition and fees subject to change. Payment must be delivered in person. (OR at discretion of PDSO or DSO, payment via trackable delivery by Certified Check or Cashiers Check may be an option). Student does not generate state funding
  •     Can only attend the school listed on the form I-20A
  •     Maximum stay – One Year
  •     Minimum stay - One semester
  •     Can receive a Diploma and participate in graduation ceremonies
IMPORTANT: SEVIS check-in is a mandatory process according to U.S. Immigration policies. In order to stay in compliance, per MPS policy all international students are required to report in person to the New Families Center, and check-in with the PDSO or DSO within 5 business days of arrival.
Other common Visas allowed for attendance in public schools w/o paying tuition:
·         J-2 Visa – Spouse or Child of a J-1 Visa holder
·         F-2 Visa – Spouse or Child of an F-1 Visa holder
·         H-4 Visa – Spouse or Child of a H-1 or H-2 Visa holder

Common Visas NOT allowed for attendance in public schools:

·         B-1 Visa – Visitor for Business
·         B-2 Visa – Visitor for Pleasure

(For further information about other visa situations not listed, contact Martha Swanson, PDSO in MPS Student Placement Services -