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NYGC maintains high standards for student service and strive to answer all your questions as quickly and thoroughly as possible. Below you’ll find the most frequently asked questions.

1. What is financial certification?
2. What documents are required to apply?
3. What is the deadline for applying?
4. How do I make payments?
5. How do I get a student visa?
6. How do I get an I-20?
7. What services are provided for students?
 

1. What is financial certification?

Financial certification means that you must provide proof that sufficient funds are available to you to pay your living and tuition expenses while you are enrolled at NYGC.  If any of your family members will be with your while you are studying, their living expenses must be met by their student-dependent (F-2) visas.  The following are all acceptable methods of certification:

  • A current personal bank statement or an official English letter from your bank.
  • An affidavit and letter from your sponsor claiming responsibility for your expenses while you are a student at NYGC.  In addition, your sponsor must also provide a bank statement/letter verifying that they are able to financially support your needs while you are a student.
  • A letter from your employer guaranteeing the income you will be receiving from them.
  • An official scholarship letter from your government or organization. 

We advise all our students to make multiple copies of all your documents since you will need to submit them to NYGC and for your visa application.

 

2. What documents are required to apply?

All the courses at NYGC require the following documents:

  • A completed NYGC application for admission signed by the student.
  • Proof of financial evidence that is either in English or translated into English showing your bank account balance in U.S. currency.
  • A non-refundable registration fee for U.S. $100.
  • If you are a transfer student, you must have all your previous I-20 forms.

Once NYGC International Student Office receives all of your documents and completed application, your application will be processed within two business days and your acceptance packet and I-20 will be sent to you.  On average, the packet takes about two weeks to arrive.  However, we do offer expedited service.  If you interested in expediting your shipping, please check this option on your application.

 

3. What is the deadline for applying?

NYGC does not have deadlines for applying to study.  However, we recommend that you start the process as soon as possible in order to receive your admission letter, application form and I-20 so that you may pursue your student visa.

 

4. How do I make payments?

All payments to NYGC must be made in U.S. currency.  The following payment formats are acceptable:

  • Personal check
  • Money order
  • Cashier’s check 
  • Cash
  • Credit card/Debit card 

 

5. How do I get a student visa?

NYGC is authorized under Federal law to enroll nonimmigrant alien students. U.S. immigration laws state that you must enter the United States on a nonimmigrant student F-1 visa if you want to study in our ESL courses and TOEFL Prep Courses.

In order to obtain an F-1 student visa you must prepare all documents required to prove to the U.S. Embassy or U.S. consulate that you will study in the U.S. and then return to your home country after completing your studies. The documents you need include:

  • An I-20 obtained form NYGC
  • Proof of financial evidence.
  • A valid passport.
  • Evidence of ties to your country.
  • A personal interview with a visa officer may be required.

If you are required to complete an interview we advise that you do it at least 60-120 days before your tentative start date of your studies.  You may attain more detailed information regarding any of the above matters from the U.S. Embassy and U.S. Consulate websites which you may locate at http://usembassy.state.gov/.

 

6. How do I get an I-20?

You can indicate your need for an I-20 on your application for admission to study at NYGC.  We require proper documentation that proves you can support your financial responsibilities.  Specifically, you need to show evidence that you have enough funds available to pay for one session’s tuition, living expenses and other miscellaneous expenses.

 

7. What services are provided for students?

Individualized Counseling
New York General Consulting welcomes students from a variety of cultural backgrounds whose native language is not English. We believe that having a diversity of cultures represented on our campus and in our classrooms enriches the education of the entire NYGC community.
Individualized academic, personal, and immigration counseling are provided to students all day long. School instructors, faculty and staff are caring, thoughtful, and dedicated. We work closely with our students to meet all of their personal, academic, and professional needs.

• Our small classes and nurturing school community offer students a supportive and stimulating environment in which to further their general education while expanding their skills in English.
• The English as a Second Language (ESL) teachers work closely with each student and family to develop a course of study based on the student’s abilities and academic goals.
• NYGC uses distinct evaluation systems to accommodate the different levels of English acquisition that students have when entering our academic courses.
• Students receive assistance regarding I-20 forms and visas, if needed
• Students receive help in accessing local resources
• The ESL teachers assist students with the transition into the mainstream classrooms and American culture in general
• For students pursuing admission into an American university, advising is available as well as help with Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) preparation.

NYGC also provides other services for students (i.e. - opening a bank account, applying for a driver's license, transportation information, etc). Additional assistance is extended to students who need verification of their student status.

Health Insurance
Medical treatment in NYC is expensive, so it is highly recommended that all international students purchase student health insurance for their stay in NYC.

International students holding F1/J1 visas have the option of purchasing AIG's affordable Compass Health Insurance plan, or ISO's International Student Health Insurance. Students may speak to their counselor/agent at anytime regarding further information about student health insurance.

Culture Recreation/Social Events
While attending NYGC, all students have access to many fun, educational, social, and recreational activities. Throughout the course of study, students are offered extra-curricular cultural outings/field trips in New York City, ranging from museum visits to outdoor activities, cultural parades, and free concerts. To further enhance student's social and 40 cultural experiences, our friendly staff plans holiday parties before or after class to foster school spirit and introduce students to American culture and holidays.

Student ID Card
All students attending New York General Consulting are able to receive a  student ID card. Having a student ID card is helpful for receiving discounted admission to many museums in NYC and other benefits.


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