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Foreign Student Information
The Montessori Teacher Education Center San Francisco Bay Area (MTEC-SFBA) is authorized under federal law to issue I-20 papers to nonimmigrant alien students. The I-20 document is used to secure an F-1 visa from the United States government. The F-1 Visa alllows the student is enrolled in MTEC-SFBA coursework as a full-time student in the Montessori teacher credential program.
A F-1 visa student enrolled at another school may transfer to MTEC-SFBA.
MTEC accepts nonimmigrant alien students who hold an H-4 visa. If the student chooses to study full-time, changing stats from the H-4 Visa to a F-1 Visa is advised in order to obtain a CPT during the Practicum.
MTEC accepts nonimmigrant alien students who hold an E-2, J-1, L-2, and H1B visas. All J-1 visa holders must be enrolled in a non-degree program and must be enrolled full-time in a prescribed course of study.
The maximum duration of a non-degree program for J-1 visa holders is 24 months inclusive of academic training.
E-2 and L-2 visa holders are permitted to attend school either part-time or full-time.
All L-2 (spouse) holders are required to apply for an Employment Authorization Document (EAD) in order to work. All L-2 (child) holders are NOT eligible to apply for EAD. H1B visa holders are permitted to attend school part-time only (under 9 units a semester.)
All other visa designation must obtain a change of status and submit all required documents before acceptance into MTEC-SFBA.
Canadian citizens are not required to have a U.S. visa. However, all Canadian citizens are required to apply for and abide by all I-20 requirements.
Select a topic below to view additional information, and list of required documents:
- Process for Issuing an Initial I-20
- Transfer Procedures To MTEC
- Transfer Procedures From MTEC
- Student's Responsibilities
- Change of Address
- Change of Program or Level
- Procedures for Processing F-2 Dependents
- Process for Processing Curricular Practical Training (CPT)
- Change of Curricular Practical Training (CPT) Site
- Preparing to Leave the United States for Vacation
- Leave of Absence
- International Student Fees
"This school is authorized under Federal Law to enroll nonimmigrant students."