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FI Visa: Forms & Petitions


The information below is designed to answer many of the most frequently asked questions. If you require additional assistance, please contact or visit the International Student Program(Student Services Building, 4th Floor) 

Application (I-20)

Review, type and send the linked application and supporting documents to 


Assessment Test (English v. ESL) Information

Review the linked document for a quick reference on the similarities and differences between the English and English Second Language Assessment Tests. Please review carefully before attending your assessment test appointment. 


Check In Form

Review, type, and deliver the linked check in form to the International Student Program every fall and spring semester. 


Concurrent Enrollment Application/Petition

F-1 Visa students must obtain permission from the International Student Program office at their college/university before enrolling at another college. Review, type and send the linked application to 


Change of Status Information

Review this document for instructions on changing your current visa type to F1 Visa. 


Cost of Attendance: 

Review this document for our projected cost of attendance. 


Drop Below Full Time Petition: 

Review, type, and send the linked petition when/if requesting to drop below full-time status. 



Employment opportunities are limited and should not be considered a source of income to meet minimum financial obligations. Student must obtain employment on his/her own, obtain an Employment offer letter, obtain an LACCD employee number, then schedule an appointment with the International Student Program You may begin by reviewing the


English Proficiency (Approved) 

Review this document for approved English proficiency indicators. 


Enrollment (Step by Step)

Review this document for step by step instructions on how to enroll in classes. 


Enrollment Deadlines (Add, Drop, Refund)

Review the different enrollment deadlines to avoid unnecessary fees and negative marks on your transcripts.


Express Mailing

Review this document for instructions on how to request out-of-country shipping to your home country. 


Extend I-20 Petition

Review, type, and send the linked petition to apply for an extension of your I-20. You must submit the request and supporting documents at least 10 business days before your I-20 expires. 


(Family) Travel Support Letter Petition

Review, type, and send the linked petition if you wish to receive a letter of support for visiting relatives. 


Financial Guarantee Advisement

Review the suggested steps on the linked document to complete your financial guarantee/scholarship requirements. 


Frequently Asked Questions (ISP)

Review the linked document to learn the answers to our most frequently asked questions.  


Medical Insurance (IMED)

Current students should review the linked document to learn more about your IMED insurance policy, how to access your insurance card, how to see a doctor, and what to do in an emergency. IMED is automatically assigned to all F-1 Visa students at West without exemption (LACCD Board Rule 2309.20). 


Online/Hybrid Verification Petition

Review, type and send the linked petition to if you wish to receive a letter verifying enrollment in online/hybrid courses at West. 


Optional Practical Training (OPT)

West will currently only approve POST-COMPLETION OPT requests. In order to qualify, a student must be in his/her final graduating semester and provide documentation that verifies pending graduation. Student must have maintained ACTIVE status for a period of no less than 1 year on the current SEVIS record. Student must have completed twelve (12 or more units) at West at the time of application,


Out of Status Petition

Review the linked document if you were recently informed that your I-20 was terminated and you wish to remain at West. We have also provided an OUT OF STATUS COMPARISON chart (i.e. Initial v. Reinstatement) for review. 

Note: West does not issue Reinstatement I-20's for students that were terminated at another college/university; though we may consider issuing an Initial I-20 for travel purposes. 


Student Services Summary Sheet

Review the linked document for a quick reference to the locations, contact information, and free student success services available to West students. 


Travel Recommendations

Review the linked document for recommendations on re-entry to the U.S. as an F1 visa student.