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International Students

Trident Technical College’s Division of Continuing Education is pleased to offer training to international students who are eligible for an M-1 visa status.  Trident Technical College is a Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) approved school.

What is an M-1 Student Visa? 

M-1 visa status is for non-academic training.

Becoming an M-1 Student:

Before an applicant can apply for an M-1 Visa, the applicant must first apply to and be accepted by the Division of Continuing Education.

The following are required for before a Designated School Official (DSO) can review an applicant’s application.

  1. Submission of the M-1 Visa Admission Non-Academic Application with the nonrefundable $30 application fee (In US currency).

  2. Provide English translation of secondary and postsecondary records and transcripts completed by a recognized language evaluation service (based upon program enrollment requirements).  There are three approved agencies used by the college: http://www.jsilny.com/, http://www.ece.org/, or http://www.wes.org/.

  3. Provide proof of English proficiency: TOEFL (Testing of English as a Foreign Language) score report with a minimum score of 500 on the paper version, 173 on the computerized version or 61 on the Internet version; or by demonstration of proficiency in English as determined by the Division of Continuing Education.

  4. Provide qualifying Notarized Affidavit of Financial Support (in U.S. currency) from the international applicant’s sponsor(s).  The Department of Homeland Security website provides the most up-to-date Form I-134.

  5. Notarized bank statement from sponsor(s) indicating sufficient funds (in U.S. currency) to cover all fees and living expenses at a rate $2,150 per month, based upon program length.  See Program of Admission area for further information.

  6. Tuition deposit (in U.S. currency) equivalent to the program’s required tuition, supplies, materials, books and fees.  Funds will be used to pay required prepayment for program fees prior to enrollment.  See Program of Admission area for further information.


  • A Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS) Form I-20 will be issued to the student once all official documents have been received, reviewed, and student qualifies for acceptance.

  • After receiving the Form I-20, the prospective M-1 Visa student must pay the SEVIS I-901 fee.  The fee may be paid online on the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement website.  You will need your SEVIS ID number shown on your I-20.  Also, you must print a receipt showing that you have paid the SEVIS I-901 fee. You will need it to apply for the F-1 visa.

  • The prospective M-1 Visa student must then apply for a student visa from an embassy or consulate abroad.

  • After obtaining an M-1 visa, the student may apply for entry into the United States through a U.S. Port of Entry no more than 30 days prior to the program start date on the student's Form I-20.

Helpful Information:

  • You may be refused entry into the United States if you attempt to arrive more than 30 days before the program start date listed on your SEVIS I-20 form.

  • Do not check the following documents in your baggage. If your baggage is lost or delayed, you will be unable to present the documents at your port of entry. As a result, you may not be able to enter the United States

    • Your passport, valid for at least six months beyond the date of your expected stay;

    • SEVIS Form I-20.

    • In addition, it is strongly recommended that you also hand carry the following documentation:

      • Evidence of financial resources;

      • Evidence of student status, such as recent tuition receipts and transcripts;

      • Paper receipt for the SEVIS fee

      • Name and contact information for your Designated School Official (DSO)


Students should report to the Division of Continuing Education as soon as possible, upon entering the United States, to complete the required paperwork.  Failure to do so may result in serious consequences.


CLICK HERE for an M-1 Visa application.


If you are an international student who is interested in attending courses for academic credit at Trident Technical College, please CLICK HERE.


Programs of Admission:

Certified Production Technician

Description: Designed to prepare individuals for operator positions in the modern workplace, the MSSC Certified Production Technician (CPT) certification is nationally recognized by the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM).  This training will enable production equipment operators to build the core knowledge and skills required in modern advanced manufacturing.  Detailed assessments validate the worker's technical, academic and employability skills needed in the modern manufacturing environment.

Program Length: 4.6 weeks

Special Requirements: N/A

Program Cost (in U.S. currency): $3080

Notarized bank statement (in U.S. currency) showing one (1) months funds and program costs

Certified Logistics Associate/Technician

Description: This Manufacturing Skill Standards Council certified program prepares individuals for entry-level positions in a wide range of material handling and distribution environments.  The program covers such topics as global supply chain logistics life cycle, logistics equipment, safety principles, safe material handling, and equipment operation.  In addition, quality control, teamwork, problem solving, and computer skills are emphasized.

Program Length: 4 weeks

Special Requirements: N/A

Program Cost (in U.S. currency): $2960

Notarized bank statement (in U.S. currency) showing one (1) months funds and program costs

CNC Boot Camp

Description: The CNC Boot Camp is divided into two parts or phases.  Each phase consists of individual courses or modules.  A "Record of Completion" will be issued for each phase successfully completed.  The successful completion of Phases I and II is required to receive the CNC Operator Boot Camp Certificate.

Program Length: 7.2 weeks

Special Requirements: N/A

Program Cost (in U.S. currency): $5190

Notarized bank statement (in U.S. currency) showing two (2) months funds and program costs