Immigration Information for Undergraduate Applicants

Fairhaven Baptist College is authorized under federal law to enroll non-immigrant alien students.  We require all foreign students who seek admission to Fairhaven Baptist College to submit a letter attesting to their spiritual background, character, and financial status.  This letter must be submitted by an American missionary from an independent, fundamental, Baptist mission board.  Upon receipt of this letter with a favorable recommendation, we will then send you an application for admission.


Once you have been accepted to Fairhaven Baptist College, you will receive an I-20 (F-1 status) form. You must take this document, your letter of acceptance, and letter of invitation to the nearest U.S. Embassy or consultant to apply for a student visa.   Prior to your visa interview you will need to pay the SEVIS fee.


The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) expects you to be responsible for maintaining your legal status while in the United States.  Since DHS regulations affect every aspect of your life, you should be sure that you understand your rights and your responsibilities for maintaining your status. When in doubt, always consult the staff of Fairhaven Baptist College.


If you are applying for an F-1 visa, you must read page 2 of the I-20 form before signing it.  In general, the DHS expects you to be pursuing the objectives that are stated on your I-20 form within the time limits specified on the form.  Additionally, undergraduate students must enroll for a minimum of 12 credit hours.  All students must refrain from working off-campus without proper authorization.


To locate the nearest embassy or consulate and for detailed information on applying for your visa, please visit the following webpage:   State Department