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The Catholic Church has always made every effort to welcome all nationalities into her community of
faith. In order to further this effort, the Diocese of Richmond will endeavor to remain certified by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to admit F-1 (Non-Immigrant) students. The
F-1 (Non-Immigrant) student status applies to those who are in the United States for the purpose of attending school. The Diocese provides the following information for enrolling international Students:

Pay International Student Registration Fee Here

Admissions Process for New International Students:

  • APPLY to and meet all the admission requirements for a school in the Catholic Diocese of Richmond of your choice
  • CONTACT the admissions person at the school of choice in the Diocese of Richmond to complete the I-20 Application
  • PAY registration fee for new students
  • The DSO (Designated School Official) will issue an Official Government I-20 to the school of choice to give to potential new student
  • PAY the I-901 SEVIS fee and save copy of your receipt
  • SCHEDULE visa interview with the local US Consulate

TRANSFER STUDENTS (students currently studying in the United States who hold an F-1 visa)

  • APPLY to and meet all the admission requirements for a school in the Catholic Diocese of Richmond of your choice
  • COMPLETE Diocese of  Richmond Transfer Report Form and submit to current school along with a copy of the acceptance letter
    • The transfer release date is determined in consultation with the DSO (Designated School Official) of the current school
  • SUBMIT Diocese of Richmond I-20 application with a copy of the student’s current passport and visa to the Diocese of Richmond school
  • The DSO (Designated School Official) will issue a new I-20 to the Diocese of Richmond school of choice

General Information for Parents

For more information regarding international students, please email:
Dana Erby in the Office of Catholic Schools.