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ELI Application Procedure for New Students

Continuing and Professional Studies

ELI Application Procedure for New Students

New students who wish to apply to the ELI as a full-time F-1 Student Visa holder must submit a formal application to the ELI. This application is for the Form I-20, which is necessary for the F-1 visa.

*If you are not enrolling as an F-1 student, you do not need to submit an application. You can apply online, in person, or by phone. Contact 212-650-7312 or with questions.   


To allow sufficient time to process your admission materials, ELI suggests applying at least 2 months before you wish to begin your studies.

To receive a Certificate of Eligibility (Form I-20), follow these steps:


  1. Completed I-20 Application Form
  2.  Photocopy of passport
  3. Affidavit of Support formed signed by your financial sponsor(s) (Included in the Application)
  4. Bank statement or bank letter showing proof of financial support ($16,664.00)
  5. 50% tuition payment (ELI accepts credit/debit card, check, or money order)


  1. Mail or email application and all supporting documents to the English Language Institute:
    • English Language Institute
      Continuing and Professional Studies
      City College of New York
      160 Convent Avenue
      Shepard Hall, Room 2
      New York, NY 10031
    • E-mail:
  2.  After ELI receives your application, it takes approximately 1-2 weeks to process your I-20. You will be notified via email. 


  1. After you receive your Form I-20, apply for an F-1 Student Visa at the nearest U.S. Embassy or Consulate in your country.


New Student I-20 Application