International Student Program » Application Process for F-1 VISA Students

Application Process for F-1 VISA Students

Thank you for your interest in the PYLUSD International Student Program.  The following information outlines the application process to study at one of our four award-winning high schools. 
Step 1: To be considered for acceptance, students must submit an International Student Application.
Step 2: After initial review of the application, students will be contacted to submit the following:
  • Copy of passport
  • Copy of transcript
  • Copy of immunization records, translated in English
  • Letter of recommendation from a current teacher or administrator on school letterhead or school email address
  • English Proficiency Test Score (see English Language Proficiency Requirements tab)
  • Proof of funds
Step 3: After all documents have been received, students will be contacted to schedule an online interview via Zoom.
Step 4: Once accepted into the PYLUSD International Student Program, students will receive an acceptance letter, tuition invoice, and payment instructions.  
Step 5 (New VISA Applicants): After tuition has been paid in full, the PYLUSD will issue a Form I-20. The Form I-20 is needed to apply for the F-1 Student visa at the American Embassy in the student's home country. Once you receive the Form I-20 pay the I-901 fee at  The fee must be paid before making an appointment with the Embassy. 
Step 5 (Transferring Students): After tuition has been paid in full, submit a copy of the current Form I-20 and F-1 visa page of your passport. The PYLUSD will initiate an I-20 transfer request to the current school.
Step 6: After obtaining the F-1 visa please complete the following requirements:
  • Email a copy of the student visa page in your passport to [email protected]
  • Schedule your travel dates. Students may arrive in the U.S. up to 30 days before the start of the semester.
  • Complete the online registration for the high school you will be attending including a Caregiver's Authorization Affidavit.
offered for PYLUSD students by Myers-Stevens 
Note: While we warmly welcome students in the 12 grade to study in our school district, only those enrolled for two semesters are eligible to earn a diploma/graduate.