Please read the following information carefully before starting your electronic I-20 application.

Things to Know before Applying Online

For an optimal experience, use either Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox. These are the recommended web browsers for completing your electronic I-20 application. Unexpected results may occur when using Internet Explorer which may cause conflicts with our application. Because iOS users may have difficulty uploading documents when using an iPad or iPhone, the application will prompt applicants to switch to a desktop or notebook computer.

In order to make the application process as smooth as possible, we recommend reading through our Application Steps to become familiar with the I-20 application requirements.

The new online I-20 application has six application types in order to meet all of the needs of our F-1 international students. A detailed explanation regarding how to select the appropriate option for you can be found on the Apply Online Now page, but if you are not sure which one to select please send an e-mail to RLCWorld@dcccd.edu and we will help you to select the appropriate option.

As a general recommendation, it is very important to make high quality, clearly-scanned copies of the documents. Please do not submit documents that are blurry or have a low resolution; otherwise, your application may be rejected or delayed. Please also remember that all documents attached to your application must be completed in English or be attached to an English translation.

Be aware that you will need an e-mail address to be able to use our online application. Each application will need a unique e-mail address, so you will not be able to use one email address for multiple applications.

Note: If you are submitting an application on behalf of your friend, relative, or client, and you wish to be informed about the status of the application, please include your e-mail address and contact information under the section: "Friend or Relative Who Has Permission to Discuss Your File".

Please read the instructions on the Application Steps page, select your application type, review the checklist of I-20 requirements and forms, scan your documents, fill out and submit your online application.

You will receive a confirmation email when your application has successfully been submitted. Afterward, we will review your application and will contact you with proper feedback. It is important that you select the correct application type and attach high quality scanned copies of your documents.

If you have questions that were not addressed on our website, please send an e-mail to RLCWorld@dcccd.edu.


For each of the I-20 types, follow these instructions

  • Download the application requirements checklist, scan your documents, and submit your electronic I-20 application through the Richland College application portal.
  • Remember that all the documents submitted must be completely translated into English.
  • Review the corresponding checklist and scan your documents before starting your online application.

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1. New I-20 for the Intensive English Program

New I-20 for the Intensive English Program. Who should apply? Prospective international students who want to come to the U.S. to learn English. These students need an I-20 Certificate of Eligibility, to apply for an F-1 student visa at the U.S. Embassy in their home country.

2. New I-20 for College-Level Courses

New I-20 for College-Level Courses. Who should apply? Prospective international students who are proficient in English and want to come to the U.S. to start their college-level courses. These students need an I-20 Certificate of Eligibility to apply for an F-1 student visa at the U.S. Embassy in their home country. Please review the instructions listed below:

3. I-20 for Transfer F-1 International Students

I-20 for Transfer F-1 International Students. Who should apply? F-1 international students who want to transfer to Richland College to continue their studies either in the Intensive English Program or for college courses. These students need to be accepted first to be able to receive their I-20 Certificate of Eligibility to maintain their legal F-1 status in the U.S. Please review the instructions listed below:

4. I-20 Deferral (less than 6 months after initial application)

I-20 Deferral (less than 6 months after initial application) Who should apply? Prospective international students who have already received an I-20 Certificate of Eligibility from Richland College, but for some reason could not obtain an F-1 visa at the U.S. Embassy within six months of obtaining their I-20. This option is for applicants interested in both the Intensive English Program or in college-level courses. Please review the instructions listed below:

5. I-20 Deferral (more than 6 months after initial application)

I-20 Deferral (more than 6 months after initial application). Who should apply? Prospective international students who have already received an I-20 Certificate of Eligibility from Richland College, but for some reason could not obtain an F-1 visa at the U.S. Embassy more than six months after obtaining their I-20. This option is for applicants interested in both the Intensive English Program or in college-level courses. Please review the instructions listed below:

6. I-20 for a New Dependent (for F-2 visa)

I-20 for a New Dependent (for F-2 visa). Who should apply? This option should be used ONLY when an F-1 student has already obtained his/her I-20, but now wants to add a new dependent (spouse or child) to his/her F-1 student record. The dependent needs an I-20 Certificate of Eligibility to apply for an F-2 dependent visa at the U.S. Embassy in their home country. Please review the instructions listed below:


If you have any questions, please send an e-mail to RLCWorld@dcccd.edu