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Applying for an F1 Visa – Your Ultimate Resource Hub

Visa Requirements

A citizen of a foreign country who wishes to enter the United States to attend a University or College must first obtain an F-1 student visa. There are several steps to apply for an F-1 student visa. Obtaining a U.S. visa takes time, so be patient and flexible during the process. The order of these steps and how you complete them may vary by U.S. Embassy or Consulate.

  • Get accepted to a SEVP-Approved school

  • Get your I-20 and Pay the SEVIS I-901 fee

  • Complete DS-160

  • Schedule your visa interview

  • Attend your visa interview

Here is how to get a U.S. visa for international students:

Get Accepted to a SEVP-Approved School

The first step is to apply to and be accepted to a SEVP-certified school. After the SEVP-approved school accepts your enrollment you will be registered for SEVIS and must pay the SEVIS I-901 fee. You can find out if the institution you applied to is a SEVP-certified school by visiting Study in the States.

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