Apply for Your F-1 (Student) Visa
Once you have received the I-20 form, you will need to apply for your F-1 (student) visa at the American Consulate in your country before coming to the U.S.
To apply for F-1 (student) visa, first go to travel.state.gov/content/visas/en/study-exchange/student.html for useful information.
For locations of U.S. Consulates and Embassies, visit www.usembassy.gov/
Processing of the F-1 visa may take days or weeks, depending upon your area. Allow enough time for this process. Find out visa wait time at travel.state.gov/content/visas/en/general/wait-times.html/
- Form I-20A-B, Certificate of Eligibility for Nonimmigrant (F-1) Student Status-For Academic and Language Students.
- Online Nonimmigrant Visa Electronic Application, Form DS-160 ceac.state.gov/genniv/
- Your passport that is valid for at least six months after your arrival into the United States.
- One (1) 2x2 photograph. See Nonimmigrant Visa photograph requirements at travel.state.gov
- A MRV fee receipt to show payment of the visa application fee.
- The SEVIS I-901 fee receipt. To pay this fee, log on to www.ice.gov/sevis/i901/
You should be prepared to provide:
- Transcripts and diplomas from previous institutions attended.
- Scores from standardized tests such as the TOEFL, SAT, GRE, GMAT, etc.
- Financial evidence showing that you or your sponsor can fully cover your tuition and living expenses while studying in the U.S.
- Proof that you plan to return home after completing your studies. The Consulate wants you to show your economic ties to your country.
If your visa is denied, visit travel.state.gov/content/visas/en/general/denials.html for more information.
For more information, call 801-581-4600 or submit your questions by using our online form