Frequent Asked Questions

Academic Questions

Student Visa Questions

How many levels does Lumos offer?

Lumos Language School offers 7 different English proficiency levels from beginner Level 1 to Advance Level English.

How long am I required to study?

If you are studying at Lumos Language School with an F1 International Student Visa you are required to follow the begin and end dates according to the Academic Calendar for the semester you are enrolled in. Please see Attendance Policy for more info.

When Can I Take a Break from studying?

F1 International Students are eligible to take a 1 semester break after attending 2 full consecutives semesters either at Lumos Language School or combined with a previous semester at another institution.

Can I study in a level that I did not test for?

Please see our Placement Test Policy for more info.

Can my answers be in my native language?

No. All answers must be in English, using English characters only, except when you are asked to provide your full name in your native alphabet. Applications submitted in any language other than English will be denied, and you may be required to submit a new application.

While you must answer all questions in English, translations of questions are available in many languages from the drop-down menu in the right upper corner of the application. These translations should assist you in completing the form in English.

If I did not complete a full semester, will I still be able to advance to the next level?

Students need to complete and participate in at least 70% of the course work in order to advance.

What If I miss Class?

Please see our Attendance Policy for details about tardies and absences.

How are Grades Calculated?

Please see our Grading Policy for details.

Are students required to purchase books from the school?

Students are required to have their books with them in class, however, they’re not required to buy their books from the school. Students who choose not to purchase their books from the school are responsible for making sure they have all the correct needed course material within the first 2 weeks of the beginning of the semester.

Does Lumos Language School issue I-20’s?

Since 2014 Lumos Language School has been accredited by ACCET and is authorized to issue I-20’s to accepted applicants.

How can I prepare for my interview at the consulate?

Lumos offers a variety of videos in different languages giving great tips and instruction to students preparing for their interview. Watch Here.

How can I renew my I-20?

Does Lumos offer assistance for change of status?

Yes, in the section below we have more information on how to change the status.

How long does it take for my Visa to get approved?

Once Lumos issues you an I-20, it is then up to the consulate in your country to continue the process. For most students, it is a relatively quick process. However, we encourage you to contact the consulate in your home country for more details.

Can I study with a Tourist Visa or as a Resident at Lumos?

Yes. Although requirements will be different than those for F1 Visa students Residents and Tourist Visa holders are allowed to attend Lumos.

Can I travel outside the country during the semester?

Students with an F1 Visa are not allowed to travel during the semester. They must wait until their break to do so. Some exceptions may apply. Please see our Break Policy for more info.

Tuition Questions

Other Questions

Does Lumos Language School offer any discounts?

Returning students receive a discount of $200 on any semester after their first. 1st semester cost is $1,800 with subsequent semesters costing only $1,600 thereafter.

Does Lumos offer payment plans?

Yes, tuition payment plans are available and can be arranged during registration. Please see Tuition Policy for more info.

What happens if I am not able to pay for my tuition?

Please see our Tuition Policy for more info.

Does Lumos provide housing?

Students are required to take of their own living arrangements while studying at Lumos. The school can offer assistance in finding American host families, apartments or rooms. Please contact Lumos Trip for more information.

Does Lumos offer assistance with travel arrangements?

To facilitate the travel needs of our students Lumos offers exclusive student discounts on travel arrangements through Lumos Trip. Please contact us for more info.

Does Lumos offer Airport Pickup?

Yes, airport pickup is just one of the many services Lumos offers our students through Lumos Trip.

Where can I find Apartments in Utah?

Lumos can offer assistance in finding student approved apartments in Utah. Contact us for more info.

Where are most Lumos students from?

Lumos Langauge School has a wide variety of cultures and countries represented in our student body. From semester to semester this number may vary from 15-25 different countries.

Does Lumos offer or require students to carry healthy insurance?

Although Lumos does not require students to carry health insurance we have great industry partners we can refer our students to.

How can I get to school each day?

Both Lumos Language School campuses are strategically located near public transportation stops of various kinds as well as provide plenty of parking for those planning on driving their own vehicles.

Does Lumos offer child care?

No, parents are responsible to arrange their own child care. Unfortunately children are not allowed on campus during class hours.

Does Lumos offer a break room?

Yes, Lumos Language School offers a large cafeteria where students can purchase snacks and prepare food during their breaks.

What additional educational support does Lumos offer students?

Lumos Language School offers a Multimedia Center open to students with a wide variety of teaching programs. Lumos also offers a library with thousands of books for our students to chose from to check out at no additional cost.

How will Lumos help me get into an American college or university?

Lumos Language School provides our students with an Academic Advisor who will meet with each student to establish goals, answer college admission questions and help guide you in your academic path. Throughout each semester Lumos also hosts different college and universities to meet with our students and answer any questions they may have.

DS-160

Completing the DS-160

Important Notice: Take care to answer all questions on the DS-160 accurately and completely; otherwise, you may have to correct your application and reschedule your visa interview appointment.

Electronically submitting your DS-160 online application is only the first step in the visa application process. Once you have electronically submitted your DS-160 online application, you must contact the embassy or consulate at which you wish to apply to confirm whether you need to be interviewed by a consular officer, and to schedule an interview. You can find a list of U.S. embassies and consulates here, with links to their websites where you can find information about scheduling a visa interview appointment.  If the embassy or consulate at which you apply informs that you must have a visa interview, the visa application process cannot be completed until you appear for an interview with a consular officer.

Where can I find the DS-160

Access the DS-160 here, by clicking: Consular Electronic Application Center website.

You may wish to preview a sample DS-160 (10.1MB) before beginning.

I am having problems accessing the DS-160

Use only Internet Explorer 11 or higher, Firefox, or Google Chrome 58 when completing your application. Safari and Microsoft Edge are not supported.

What documents do I need to have with me while I complete the DS-160?

You should have the following documents available while you complete your DS-160:

  • Passport
  • Travel itinerary, if you have already made travel arrangements.
  • Dates of your last five visits or trips to the United States, if you have previously travelled to the United States. You may also be asked for your international travel history for the past five years.
  • Résumé or Curriculum Vitae – You may be required to provide information about your current and previous education and work history.
  • Other Information – Some applicants, depending on the intended purpose of travel, will be asked to provide additional information when completing the DS-160.

Some applicants will need to have additional information and documents handy while completing the DS-160:

  • Students and Exchange Visitors (F): You will be asked to provide your SEVIS ID, which is printed on your I-20, so you should have this form available when completing your DS-160. You also will be asked to provide the address of the school/program at which you intend to study. This information should also be on your I-20 or DS-2019 form.

Can my answers be in my native language?

No. All answers must be in English, using English characters only, except when you are asked to provide your full name in your native alphabet. Applications submitted in any language other than English will be denied, and you may be required to submit a new application.

While you must answer all questions in English, translations of questions are available in many languages from the drop-down menu in the right upper corner of the application. These translations should assist you in completing the form in English.

Are all questions on the DS-160 mandatory?

Most questions are mandatory and must be answered in the spaces provided. You may leave spaces blank when the questions are marked “optional.” You may answer a question with “Does Not Apply,” when that question does not apply to you; however, all other questions must be answered. The system will not allow you to submit an application with any mandatory questions left unanswered. If you do not complete a mandatory question, the system will display an error message and require you to answer the question before continuing with the application. If you do not answer questions that apply to your circumstances and/or purpose of travel, the system will not accept your application.

Are additional forms required?

No. The online DS-160 application replaced the DS-156, DS-157, DS-158, and DS-3032, which are no longer necessary. NOTE: In addition to the DS-160, Treaty Trader/Treaty Investor visa applicants also must complete an additional form (see the Treaty Trader/Treaty Investor, E Visa Applicants section below for more information).

What happens to my DS-160 if I select a U.S. Embassy or Consulate where I will be applying for my visa, but end up making an interview appointment instead at another U.S. Embassy or Consulate?

The Embassy or Consulate at which you actually apply should be able to access your form using the barcode on your DS-160 confirmation page, which you must bring to the visa interview. For example, a business traveler intends to apply for his visa at the U.S. Embassy in City X, so he selects City X as the location where he will submit his application when he completes his DS-160. He then has an urgent reason to travel to City Y on business. Because there is a U.S. Consulate in City Y, he schedules an appointment for a visa interview there, using the barcode from his completed DS-160 application for appointment scheduling. The U.S. Consulate in City Y is able to accept his DS-160 even though it lists the U.S. Embassy in City X as the location where he originally intended to submit his application.

Can a third party complete the form on my behalf? Who is exempt from signing the form?

If an applicant is illiterate or unable to complete the application, the applicant must be assisted by a third party. The third party must be identified on the “Sign and Submit” page of the application. While the third party can assist the applicant in completing the application, he or she must instruct the applicant on how to endorse the application on his or her own behalf by clicking the “Sign Application” button.

If the applicant is under the age of 16 or physically incapable of completing an application, the applicant’s parents or guardian may complete and click the “Sign Application” button on his or her behalf. If the applicant has no parent or legal guardian, then the application may be completed by any person having legal custody of, or a legitimate interest in, the applicant.

How do I sign the DS-160 form?

You electronically sign your DS-160 by clicking the “Sign Application” button at the end of the form. Failure to sign may result in termination of the application. Your electronic signature certifies that you have read and understood the questions in the application and that your answers are true and correct to the best of your knowledge and belief. The submission of an application containing any false or misleading statements may result in the permanent refusal of a visa or denial of entry into the United States. All declarations made in the application are unsworn declarations made under penalty of perjury.

Unless you are exempted from appearing in person, your fingerprints will be electronically scanned on the day of your interview. By providing your fingerprints, you will again certify that that you have answered all questions on the DS-160 truthfully and to the best of your knowledge, and that you will tell the truth during your visa interview. You will be directed to read the following statement prior to having your fingerprints scanned:

“By submitting my fingerprint, I am certifying under penalty of perjury that I have read and understood the questions in my visa application and that all statements that appear in my visa application have been made by me and are true and complete to the best of my knowledge and belief.

Furthermore, I certify under penalty of perjury that I will tell the truth during my interview and that all statements made by me during my interview will be complete to the best of my ability.”

The DS-160 contains terms that I am not familiar with. Are these terms explained?

Explanations of the following terms contained in the online DS-160 form are available to you as help topics while you complete the DS-160 and are also provided below.

Surnames

Enter all surnames (or family names) exactly as they are written in your passport. If only one name is written in your passport, enter that as your “Surname.”

 Given Names

If your passport does not include a first or given name, please enter ‘FNU’ (meaning “first name unknown”) in the space for “Given Names.”

Other Names

Other names used include your maiden name, religious name, professional name, or any other name by which you are or have been known.

Make sure to enter the other names you have used in full.  Thus, if you have only used another surname, enter it along with your usual given name. If you have only used another given name, enter it along with your usual surname.

Telecode

Telecodes are four-digit code numbers that represent characters in some non-Roman alphabet names.

Date of Birth

Enter as shown in your passport.

Place of Birth

Please choose the name currently used for the place where you were born.

Phone

You must provide a primary phone number. The primary phone number should be the phone number at which you are most likely to be reached; this could be a land line or a cellular/mobile number. If you have an additional land line or a cellular/mobile number please list that as your secondary phone number.

Identification Numbers

Your National ID Number is a unique number that your government may have provided. For example, the U.S. Government gives unique numbers to people looking to work or who pay taxes.

Other Nationality

Enter all nationalities you currently hold and all nationalities you have previously held (including United States, if applicable), regardless of whether you have formally and/or legally relinquished the nationality. If the country where you previously held nationality no longer exists, choose the name of the country that is currently used for that location. (For example, if you used to be a citizen of the former East Germany, choose “Germany.”)

Permanent Resident

Permanent resident means any individual who has been legally granted by a country/region permission to live and work without time limitation in that country/region.

Passport/Travel Document Number

Enter the number of the passport or travel document you will use to travel to the United States. This passport/document must still be valid, and must identify you and your nationality.

Passport Book Number

The Passport Book Number is commonly called the inventory control number. You may or may not have a Passport Book Number on your passport. If you do, the location of the Passport Book Number on your passport may vary depending on the country that issued your passport. Please contact your passport issuing authority if you are unable to determine whether or not your passport contains a Passport Book Number.

Expiration Date

In most cases your passport or travel document must be valid for at least six months after your arrival in the United States.

Application Receipt/Petition Number

If you are applying for a petition-based visa, your application receipt/petition number was given to you by the Department of Homeland Security’s U. S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) after you filed your petition application at a USCIS Service Center. The application receipt/petition number is 13 characters long and the first three characters are letters.

Previous Employer

Please enter information regarding your previous two employers only. Applicants may choose to bring along a separate written list of all previous employers to the visa interview for reference.

What if I lose my internet connection, the application “times out,” or I receive an error? Will my application be lost?

All information is automatically saved when each page is completed, so your application will not be lost. You will need to enter the application ID number, and answer other questions as prompted, to retrieve your application. Once your application has been retrieved, it will begin at the last page you completed. You will be able to edit previous pages, if needed.

I understand that I can upload a photo with my application. How do I get a digital photo that will successfully upload to my application?

Please refer to the Photograph Requirements for detailed guidance.

The U.S. Embassy or Consulate where I went for my visa interview denied my application because my DS-160 contained errors or was incomplete. What does this mean and what do I need to do next?

DS-160 applications submitted before April 1, 2010 cannot be reopened, and therefore, you must complete and submit a new DS-160.

The Embassy or Consulate should reopen your DS-160 submitted after April 1, 2010 if your application is denied for this reason and ask you to correct it, as explained below:

  • DS-160 applications submitted on or after November 1, 2010: Enter your application ID number and answer additional questions as prompted to access and correct your application.
  • DS-160 applications submitted on or after April 1, 2010, but before November 1, 2010: Enter your barcode or confirmation number into the Application ID field and answer additional questions as prompted to access and correct your application.

Should I bring my entire application or just the confirmation page with me to the interview?

You are not required to bring your entire application. For your interview, you are required to bring your confirmation page with your application ID number on it so we can retrieve your DS-160. You must bring the confirmation page with you during all phases of the application process. Without the confirmation page, we may not be able to process your visa case.

I submitted my online DS-160 application, but lost my confirmation page. Can I print a new one?

Yes, you can reprint the confirmation page of an application that has already been submitted. In order to do so, go into the Consular Electronic Application Center website and select the Embassy or Consulate at which you are applying. Hit “Option C-Retrieve Application” on the Getting Started page and enter your application ID number. From there you will be able to view and print your confirmation page.

I am traveling with my family or as part of a group. Can I create a family or group application?

Yes. When you select “Email Confirmation” on your Confirmation Page, you will be directed to a “Thank You” page. On the “Thank You” page you will see an option to create a family or group application. When you select this option, certain information from your application, such as destination, will automatically be imported to and displayed on a new application. Please note that if you use this option you must create an individual application for each family member or for each individual within the group.

Change of Status

Changing Visa Status to F-1

If you are intending to study, or already studying at Lumos Language School in a nonimmigrant visa classification other than F-1 student, it may be possible to apply to US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) for a change of status to F-1.

Click to review more information on Change of Status. 

USCIS – How do I change to another nonimmigrant status?

Change of Status Process

The Change of Status (COS) process only changes your status, for example, the classification indicated on your I-94 record and not the visa stamp in your passport.

To receive the F-1 visa stamp in your passport, you can either:

  1. Apply for a change of status in the US using the Form I-539 (and Form I-539A if you have dependents), then once approved, travel outside of the US and apply for an F-1 visa at a US consulate in your home country to be able to return to the US as an F-1 student.
  • Important Update for in country change of status: Every co-applicant included on the primary applicant’s Form I-539 must submit and sign a separate Form I-539A. Parents may sign on behalf of children under 14 or any co-applicant who is not mentally competent to sign. Every applicant and co-applicant must pay an $85 biometric services fee, except certain A, G, and NATO nonimmigrants as noted in the new Form I-539 Instructions. Every applicant and co-applicant will receive a biometric services appointment notice, regardless of age, containing their individual receipt number. The biometric services appointments will be scheduled at the Application Support Center (ASC) closest to the primary applicant’s address. Co-applicants who wish to be scheduled at a different ASC location should file a separate Form I-539. USCIS will reject any revised Form I-539 that is missing any of the required signatures or biometrics fees, including those required for Form I-539A.
  1. Obtain a Form I-20 from International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) and return to your home country to apply for an F-1 visa at a US consulate to reenter the US as an F-1 student.

We strongly recommends traveling outside the US with a new Form I-20 and applying for an F-1 visa in your home country. The in-country change of status application is timely and unpredictable.

Additional Resources

An experienced immigration lawyer is best positioned to advise on all aspects of any change of status application, including the timing, type, and number of bridge applications that may have to be filed, exploring alternative immigration strategies such as consular processing and reentry instead of applying for change of status, responding to Requests for Evidence (RFEs), and other matters that relate to the personal immigration status of the student and his or her dependents.

A change of status application is a personal application of the applicant, and can have a complex impact on the applicant’s immigration status and eligibility for future immigration benefits. DSOs have general knowledge surrounding change of status applications but applicants needing immigration advice and help planning an immigration strategy should seek counsel from an experienced immigration attorney.

Helpful Links:

FAQs – Changing to a Nonimmigrant F or M Student Status

Changing to a Nonimmigrant F Student Status

USCIS: How do I change to another nonimmigrant status?

Applying for Reinstatement or Change of Status by yourself

Filing online helps you to:

  • Get your application into our processing queue faster than mail delivery;
  • Ensure you are using the correct version of the form; and
  • Communicate with us directly, without sending or receiving paper mail.

Conditions to File Form I-539 Online

You may apply online to extend or change your nonimmigrant status if you meet the following conditions.

You are applying:

  • Only for yourself, without co-applicants; and
  • You will not require legal or accredited representation at any point in your request.

You can apply to reinstate your student status, extend, (if you already hold the status), or change to the following statuses:

Family Members of Nonimmigrants

If you apply as part of a family, you may choose to:

In the Near Future

We also plan to offer the ability to file your Form I-539 online if you:

  • Possess T or U nonimmigrant classifications;
  • Are applying with an attorney or accredited representative; or
  • Are applying as co-applicants, so family members may apply together and pay a single fee.

To file online, you will:

  • Use a desktop, laptop, phone, or tablet to complete the application;
  • Be guided to complete the relevant parts of your Form I-539;
  • Pay your filing fee online;
  • Submit your application to USCIS; and
  • Receive a near-instant notification in your USCIS online account when we receive your application.

If the applicant is under the age of 16 or physically incapable of completing an application, the applicant’s parents or guardian may complete and click the “Sign Application” button on his or her behalf. If the applicant has no parent or legal guardian, then the application may be completed by any person having legal custody of, or a legitimate interest in, the applicant.

After Applying Online

You will use your USCIS online account to:

  • Receive your biometrics appointment notice;
  • Receive status updates about your case;
  • Respond to any correspondence in which we ask you to submit evidence; and
  • Update your contact information if it changes.

Unless you are exempted from appearing in person, your fingerprints will be electronically scanned on the day of your interview. By providing your fingerprints, you will again certify that that you have answered all questions on the DS-160 truthfully and to the best of your knowledge, and that you will tell the truth during your visa interview. You will be directed to read the following statement prior to having your fingerprints scanned:

“By submitting my fingerprint, I am certifying under penalty of perjury that I have read and understood the questions in my visa application and that all statements that appear in my visa application have been made by me and are true and complete to the best of my knowledge and belief.

Furthermore, I certify under penalty of perjury that I will tell the truth during my interview and that all statements made by me during my interview will be complete to the best of my ability.”

Check the processing time here:

https://egov.uscis.gov/processing-times/

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