Visa Information

Once you have received your Form I-20, the next step is to apply for an F-1 visa.

Once you have received your Form I-20, you will need to make an appointment for an interview with a Consular Officer at an American Embassy or Consulate local to the city where you reside. Please refer to the checklist below for documents that you will need to prepare before going for your interview.

What to Bring to Your Visa Appointment

Please review the list below and make sure you have these items with you when you go to your visa appointment. Keep in mind that your local Consulate or Embassy may require additional documents beyond what is listed below, so it is a good idea to call ahead of time and check. It is your responsibility to make sure you bring the necessary documentation to your visa appointment.

FAQ: "When should I schedule my visa appointment?"

You should apply for your visa appointment as soon as you receive your Form I-20. The Consulate or Embassy may take longer than you had planned to issue your visa, or may require you to obtain additional documents--so plan ahead! You may want to contact the Consulate or Embassy ahead of time to inquire about the details of their visa application procedure, for example:

  • what is the current waiting time to get an appointment?
  • what documents are required?
  • how long will it take to receive my visa?
  • is there a processing fee?