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The mission of International Student Services is to support international student enrollment and academic success through program completion or transfer by providing for their identified needs in support of the Northern Marianas College Mission.

F-1 Nonimmigrant Student Admission Requirements

An applicant seeking admission to Northern Marianas College with an F-1 visa or status must complete requirements for admission under the F-1 Nonimmigrant Student program.

  1. A completed NMC Admissions Application form. - The Application may be completed and submitted online or a *pdf copy may be downloaded, completed, and submitted to the Office of Admissions & Records.
  2. A $50 United States currency non-refundable Application fee.- We accept cash, checks, money order and all major debit/credit cards (Visa, MasterCard, JCB, American Express, Union, Discover, Diners Club Int.).- Personal checks from a U.S. bank account may be made payable to: Northern Marianas College.- You may pay by phone with a debit/credit card at (670) 237-6821, Monday - Friday, 9am - 4pm.- For payment via email, contact [email protected] for further instructions.
  3. Official Transcripts.- Submit official transcripts from any high school(s) and/or college(s) attended.- Official transcripts are in a sealed envelope bearing the official seal of the school issuing the transcript. In addition, it is the applicant's responsibility to have high school completion documents translated into English. Students may choose to submit college transcripts upon enrollment for an evaluation of transcripts for transfer credit. Credits will not be officially transferred until you make a formal request during the first semester of enrollment.
  4. Photocopy of the applicant's valid passport with signature page.
  5. A completed Authorization to Release Directory Information form.
  6. Official exam results from the TOEFL or IELTS test. The Northern Marianas College institutional TOEFL code is 0781. Original score sheets must be mailed to NMC from the testing organization. Students may request a waiver of this requirement in writing and substitute with NMC English placement score report. Score reports must be received by the admission application deadline. NMC Placement Tests are administered by:
  7. Testing Services | [email protected] | (670) 237-6774
  8. Completed Health Evaluation Form. The form must demonstrate vaccination for Measles, Mumps, Rubella, Tetanus, and Hepatitis B. Applicants must provide results of current (within 2 years) purified protein derivative (PPD) skin test.
  9. Completed Form I-20 Application.
  10. A completed and notarized International Student Declaration of Finance Form; Students must identify funds obligated to their cost of attendance for a minimum of 1 year. The form must be supported by an official copy of Financial Guarantee or bank statement (be sure to provide the original bank statement with the date account was opened, average and current balance, not more than six (6) months prior to the term you will enroll at NMC. If the applicant has a sponsor, a completed Form I-134, Affidavit of Support and the sponsor's valid, government-issued ID must be submitted.

Important Admission Application Dates

  • Fall Semester (August - December) - July 01 Deadline
  • Spring Semester (January - May) - November 01 Deadline
  • Summer and Intersession terms are closed for students seeking admission under the F-1 Nonimmigrant Student Program.

Obtaining an F-1 Visa

Students admitted to the College under the F-1 Nonimmigrant Student Program will receive an NMC Admission Letter and a document called the Form I-20 Certificate of Eligibility for Nonimmigrant Student Status, which is the application for an F-1 visa. The following 5 steps provide a quick guide to the process for obtaining an F-1 visa. More information about required documents and procedures can be found at the U.S. Department of State.

Step 1: Complete the non-immigrant visa application, Form DS-160 online. The form will require that you upload a photo.

Step 2: Make payment online for the SEVIS I-901 fee ($200). This fee is collected by the Student and Exchange Visitor Program to support the Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS). Instructions for completing this step is located at:

Step 3: Make payment for the visa application fee ($160) at the U.S. Embassy or Consulate. Specific information on where to pay the visa application fee can be found at the web site of the U.S. Embassy in your country.

Step 4: Make an appointment for a visa interview at a U.S. Embassy or Consulate. More information about the process of scheduling an interview in your country is located at:

Step 5: Go to your scheduled visa interview.- Bring a valid passport (must be valid for at least six months beyond your period of stay in the United States.- You must also bring your Form I-20 and the SEVIS payment receipt.- Bring any financial documents to demonstrate how you will pay for your education and any documents that might help demonstrate why you will return to your country.

F-1 Services

International Student Services is committed to providing the best service possible for our students.

To make your next visit to our office more efficient, please review the list of services and bring the appropriate required documents to ensure quick and effective service.

Change of Nonimmigrant Status to F-1

Students currently living in the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI) or the United States (US) with legal status may choose to change their immigration status with the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) without travel to their home countries and re-entering with an F-1 visa. Students with a Contract Worker (CW) permit or a child in a dependent visa classification, for example, may benefit from a change of status to remain in the CNMI for educational training at Northern Marianas College. It is recommended that a change of status be filed at least 45 days before your current status expires or as soon as you determine your need to change or extend status. A change of status may be granted for a period up to 30 days before the start date of the semester listed on the Form I-20. You must maintain your other nonimmigrant status up to 30 days before this start date or your requested change of status may not be granted.

International Student Services can assist you by reviewing the documents required for filing for a change of status after we have issued you a SEVIS Form I-20. Current, ongoing students of Northern Marianas College must also comply with the steps below to request for a change of nonimmigrant status to F-1.

Step 1: Complete requirements for admission under the F-1 Nonimmigrant Student Program.

Step 2: Complete the Form I-539 Application to Extend or Change Nonimmigrant Status. Your current nonimmgrant status may require that you submit additional, supporting documentation as part of your application.

Step 3: Write a personal letter to US Departmen of Homeland Security (DHS) requesting permission to change status to F-1, explaining why you would like to become a student and stating that you intend to return home after completion of study.

Step 4: Make an appointment to meet with a Designated School Official through International Student Services. The DSO will provide you with a Form I-20 Certificate of Eligibility for Nonimmigrant Student Status and review your supporting documents.

Step 5: Pay the SEVIS I-1901 fee at Using your new SEVIS Form I-20 number, you will need to pay the $200 FMJ fee online and print the receipt to include in your packet.

Step 6: Attach a personal check or money order in the amount of $290 made out to "U.S. Department of Homeland Security".

Step 7: Mail your entire packet to USCIS.

Extend I-20 to Complete Your Program of Study

Transfer to Another College/University

Approval to Reduce Courseload

Employment - On-Campus

Employment - Curriculum Practical Training (CPT)

Employment - Optional Practical Training (OPT)

Travel Out of the Country

Contact Information

International Student Services

Christine Inos, ISS Counselor / PDSO
Building I
Tel.: (670) 237-6778 / 9
Fax: (670) 234-0759
Email: [email protected]
Office of Admissions & Records

Lisa Rafael, Admissions Counselor
Building N
Tel.: (670) 237-6769
Fax: (670) 235-4967
Email: [email protected]


The information on the Northern Marianas College (NMC) International Student Services (ISS) website is intended only for current and prospective students, faculty, and staff affiliated with NMC. All matters relating to the immigration status of the student is the student's responsibility, not the responsibility of NMC. If a student has an immigration issue that requires legal advice, the student is encouraged to seek professional services from a qualified immigration attorney. Any information on ISS's website is subject to change at any time and without notice. Nothing contained herein should be construed as giving legal advice as contemplated under any statute, regulation, or other law.

Notice to Persons with Disabilities

Northern Marianas College (NMC) is committed to ensuring that all persons have equal access to its programs, opportunities, and information resources, including those on its institutional website in accordance to the requirements of Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990.

We apologize for any inconvenience as we work on bringing NMC’s website into full compliance. For immediate assistance, please contact Lucille Deleon Guerrero by email [email protected] or by calling (670) 237-6874.

If you wish to report an issue related to the accessibility of any content on NMC’s website, including a complaint about the accessibility of a document, form, or statement, you may do so by contacting the NMC’s IT Department by email at [email protected]. In your email please include the following information:

  1. The URL you are having accessibility issues with;
  2. The accessibility issue your are experiencing;
  3. Your name, phone number, and email address.

If you would like to file a formal grievance against the Northern Marianas College pursuant to the requirements of Section 504 and Title II, you may submit such grievance to the Office of the NMC President, P.O. Box 501250, Saipan MP 96950 or email [email protected].

You may also file a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education (USDOE) Office for Civil Rights. More information about filing a complaint with USDOE can be found at