Intensive English Program
Intensive English Program
Intensive English Program
Intensive English Program

Intensive English Program

Steps to Apply for a Visa

Please review the steps below for details on applying for a visa. Once you are done reviewing the information below, please refer to the Embassy Interview Checklist to help prepare for your interview.

  1. Find out how to obtain a visaby visiting, the U.S. Department of State.

  2. Review the Form 1-20 (this form is also known as “Certificate of Eligibility for Nonimmigrant (F-1) Student”
    • Check your name, date of birth, and all other personal information for accuracy. If there are any errors, let us know immediately.
    • Sign at the bottom where it says your name and date.
    • Make a copy of this for your records to leave at home with a family member along with a copy of your passport.

  3. Make an appointment at your nearest U.S. Embassy or Consulate. Please note that they get extremely busy around the holidays.

  4. Pay the SEVIS fee. Foreign citizens applying to become students must pay the SEVIS I-901 fee of $200 for F-1 visa applicants.

  5. Complete the DS-160: Online Nonimmigrant Visa Application

  6. Find out if any additional security clearance screenings are needed. There are some countries that require additional security clearance screenings regardless of gender, field of study, or country of citizenship. If a security clearance is required, it could take several months, so plan accordingly. Visit the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement for more information.

  7. Consulate Appointment. Make sure that you have the following items ready for your consulate appointment.
    • I-20 signed and dated.
    • Acceptance letter.
    • Make sure that your passport is valid for at least six months beyond the date of your expected stay.
    • Financial Support such as bank and/or sponsor letter.
    • Any proof that you are planning to return to your country after you complete your studies.






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