Applying for F1 Visa:
The following instructions and suggestions for applying for the F-1 visa are of a
general nature, and may apply to consular visa processing anywhere.
When Should I Apply for My Visa?
You are permitted to apply for the F-1 visa up to 4 months before the start date
of your program. You should not delay applying for your visa. A visa application form
and detailed instructions will be available from the consular office or their web
- Upon receiving the I-20, read the detailed instructions in your packet about paying
the SEVIS fee. Additional information is available on the U.S. Immigration and Customs
Enforcement (ICE) website: https://www.fmjfee.com/i901fee
- You are required to pay the $200 SEVIS fee to Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) prior to applying for the
F-1 visa. (This is not a school fee or your visa application fee). You must have a paper receipt showing payment of this fee when applying for the visa. Take your receipt to the
visa interview. The SEVIS fee cannot be paid at the consulate.
- When you have your SEVIS fee receipt, make an appointment to apply for your visa at
the nearest U.S. consulate or embassy.
Applying for the F-1 Visa at the Visa Office
- You must apply in person at the visa office.
- Apply for the correct visa. Do not plan to enter the United States on a B-2, Tourist
visa or by way of the visa waiver program (WT). If you do, you will be misrepresenting
your intentions in the U.S. and will jeopardize your opportunity to come here and
stay here for the length of your studies.
- To obtain an F-1 visa, please visit the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement website.