If you are still unsure about whether or not you have to pay the SEVIS fee, please review the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) website. You may also contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org with questions.
Please Note: You cannot pay at the Port of Entry.
At least three business days prior to the visa interview date for electronic and Western Union submissions (We recommend paying as early as possible).
An electronic receipt will be printable upon completion of an online payment; or
Western Union will provide a receipt upon completion of payment.
Please take your receipt with you when you apply for a visa or enter the United States. You may be asked to show it at the Port of Entry.
For more information, you can visit the US Immigration and Customs Enforcement's website
at http://www.ice.gov/sevis/i901 or schedule an appointment with an International Student Advisor.
In order to apply for US entry visa in F or J status, you will need to gather some documentation before scheduling an appointment with the US embassy in your home country.
Consulates now require an in-person interview for most visa applicants. We recommend that you apply for a visa as far in advance as possible since visa issuance can sometimes take up to 3 months depending on the required security clearances. Please review the information below designed to assist you with the visa application process.
There is further information about visa applications and fees at the Department of State’s website: www.travel.state.gov.
You will be required to present the following documents at the visa interview:
Be prepared to show that you have significant ties to your home country and that you will return there after completing your studies in the United States.
If you are preparing to study in a field that the consular officer may consider “sensitive” to the national security of the United States, please plan to apply for a visa well in advance and be prepared for potential delays. Students in fields such as biochemistry, cell & molecular biology and electrical engineering, for example, are sometimes subject to these security clearances.
We recommend reviewing the following website for information: http://educationusa.state.gov
Whether entering the United States from land or air, you should be prepared to show the following documents at the port of entry:
If you have an initial attendance I-20 or DS-2019, you must enter the United States within the 30-day period before the program start date on your form. You will not be allowed to enter the US if you arrive earlier. If you hold a “transfer pending” I-20 document, you may return to the United States at anytime after a short visit home as long as page 3 of the I-20 Form is endorsed for travel.
Do not enter the the US using a B-1/B-2 (tourist) visa, or tourist visa waiver. Changing your status to F-1 or J-1 within the US is extremely difficult and rarely approved.
After you have entered the United States, you will want to go online to verify the status of your I-94 and that you have been filed as entering on the correct visa type. You can access it at https://i94.cbp.dhs.gov/I94 and you will be asked to bring a print-out of this page to document check-in.