Canadian students who plan on living in the United States (U.S.) while attending school must fulfill all student visa requirements of an F-1 student.
Canadian citizens who reside outside the U.S. but who regularly commute across the Detroit/Windsor border or the Port Huron/Sarnia border to study at HFC may do so on a part-time basis in the F-1 category as a “border commuter student.” Canadian border commuter students are defined as:
- A national of Canada who is admitted to the U.S. as an F-1 non-immigrant student to enroll in a full course of study, albeit on a part-time basis;
- Attend a SEVIS approved U.S. school located within 75 miles of the Canadian border; and
- Maintain actual residence and place of abode in Canada and commute through a land border port-of-entry to the U.S. for study.
Part-time border commuter students are not admitted for duration of status like other F-1 students, but rather for a date specific period of time. The designated school official (DSO) at HFC will specify a completion date on the Form I-20 that reflects the actual semester for the commuter student’s current term of study. The DSO at HFC will issue a new Form I-20 for each new semester the commuter student attends. Full-time border commuter students are admitted for duration of status like other F-1 students.
Admission Requirements for a Border Commuter Student
- Complete the HFC International Student Application.
- Complete the Student Information Form.
Proof of meeting the admission requirements. Proof can be met by providing one of the following:
- Unless you received an “Ontario Secondary School Diploma,” please send an official evaluation (in English) demonstrating that the applicant has earned the equivalent of a U.S. high school diploma equal to that granted by a regionally accredited U.S. high school. You must use an approved evaluation service such as Educational Credential Evaluators (ECE) or World Education Services (WES). For a list of other evaluation services, go to NACES and click on “Current members.”
- An official, final GED certificate from an official GED testing center showing passing of the GED.
- An official evaluation (in English) demonstrating that the applicant has earned the equivalent of a U.S. degree (associate, bachelor’s, master’s, or professional degree) equal to that granted by a regionally accredited U.S. college or university. Unless you graduated from St. Clair College or the University of Windsor, you must use an approved evaluation service such as ECE or WES. For a list of other evaluation services, go to NACES and click on "Current members." NOTE: "Official" means it is sent directly from the evaluation service to HFC.
Proof of financial responsibility. The Form I -20 will include an estimated first year amount for tuition and fees for full-time border commuter students and estimated semester amounts for part-time border commuter students.
For Canadian students living in the U.S, the Form I-20 will include estimated amounts to cover the first year’s tuition and fees, as well as the cost to live in the United States.
NOTE: While there may be some scholarship opportunities for F-1 students, Federal and State financial aid is not available to F-1 students and on campus work opportunities are very limited.
Please send the above documents to:
International Student Services Office
Henry Ford College
5101 Evergreen Road
Dearborn, MI 48128
Part-time border commuter students are not permitted to be employed under the on-campus or off-campus work provisions, but may be authorized for curricular practical training or apply for post-completion optional practical training.