Western Seminary requires that all students who are not US citizens supply proof of legal immigration status in order to be admitted and enrolled.  Immigration classes other than the F1 have varying requirements listed below, but all would go through the normal application process plus two additional steps:

  1. They must submit documentation that shows legal status.
  2. Additionally, any student who is not a native English speaker must show proof of English proficiency.

Requirements for each visa type:

H1B/H4

Students on a work visa are permitted to study at Western Seminary.  However, since the stipulations for the H1B visa are that any educational pursuit is incidental to the primary work, students on an H1B visa are limited to enrolling part-time.  Students must supply a valid copy of an unexpired H1B visa as well as an official letter from the appropriate authority at their H1B sponsoring employer that they have permission to pursue studies at Western Seminary.  The dependent on an H4 visa is not limited to part-time study and does not supply such a letter.  He or she must give a copy of the current H4 visa.

R1/R2

Students on a religious worker visa are permitted to study at Western Seminary.  However, since the stipulations for the R1 visa are that any educational pursuit is incidental to the primary religious work, students on an R1 visa are limited to enrolling part-time.  Students must supply a valid copy of an unexpired R1 visa as well as an official letter from the appropriate authority at their R1 sponsoring church or religious organization that they have permission to pursue studies at Western Seminary.  The dependent on an R2 visa is not limited to part-time study and does not supply such a letter.  He or she must give a copy of the current R2 visa.

Permanent Resident

A permanent Resident of the United States is permitted full or part time study.  He or she must supply a copy of their current and still valid Permanent Resident Card (Green Card).

Other Visa Class

If you are in the United States legally under a different visa classification, you may or may not be permitted to enroll at Western Seminary.  Please contact the International Student Coordinator in the International Student Office for more information.

 

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