Once the student has been admitted and provided financial documentation, the Office of International Student Services will now provide a Form I-20 to the student. The I-20 or Certificate of Eligibility is the document required to apply for an F-1 visa. The F-1 visa gives you the authority to request admission to the US; the I-20 is ultimately the document that controls a student's stay in the US as an F-1 Student. Below you will find the following information:
Receiving your I-20
Addresses in the US or Canada
Your I-20 will be shipped via regular post.
Your I-20 will be shipped via DHL or FedEx.
Students are required to set up a shipping account with eShipGlobal where they will enter their address information and pay for the postage.
Paying your SEVIS I-901 Fee
SEVIS is the governmental information system used to maintain international student records.
Once you receive your I-20 you will need to pay the SEVIS I-901 fee.
This fee can be paid at: https://www.fmjfee.com
Proof of paying this fee is required to obtain a visa.
Arranging your Visa Interview
You will need to complete a DS-160: Online Nonimmigrant Visa Application.
Then schedule a visa interview by determining which embassy is closest to you and applying for an interview on their website.
You will want to look up the anticipated wait times for interviews and visa processing.
More information about the visa application process can be found on Travel.State.Gov.
Interviewing at the US Consulate
Before your interview, make sure both the SEVIS fee and the Visa application fee have been paid.
Take the following documentation to the interview: passport, receipt of fee payments, visa photo, and I-20.
During the interview, be prepared to provide evidence of your academic ability and intentions, financial ability to study in the US and your intention to return to your home country upon completion.
NAFSA has provided 10 points to remember during your visa interview.