The F-1 Visa
The F-1 visa category requires the student to demonstrate that his or her stay in the United States will be a temporary one. The Nonimmigrant Visa (NIV) section of a U.S. Consulate is responsible for processing all non-immigrant cases.
- Prior to the U.S. Consulate/Embassy visit, the SEVIS I-901 fee must be paid. Online payment may be made at www.fmjfee.com.
- Apply for the F-1 student visa at the U.S. Embassy or Consulate in your country of residence.
- The student must be in possession of a passport valid for a minimum of six months from the date of the expiration.
- A consular officer must be satisfied that the prospective applicant for the F-1 visa will depart the United States after finishing studies.
- The F (student) visa requires proof that the student has a residence in a foreign country that he or she has no intention of abandoning. Proof may consist of bank accounts, ownership of property, or evidence of family and familial assets.
- Student must possess a valid SEVIS I-20 properly completed by the Designated School Official (DSO).
- The student must demonstrate that he or she has sufficient funds to meet expenses while studying in the United States.
- The student must demonstrate that he or she is sufficiently fluent in the English language.
Issuance of F-1 Visa
Once approved, the F-1 visa will be placed by the consular officer in your passport, which will note the validity date and the number of entries.
SEVIS I-20 and supporting financial documents will be placed in a sealed envelope. Please do not open this envelope.
If you encounter any problems obtaining your visa, contact a staff member from International Student & Scholar Services.