Take steps to student visa interview (F-1 visa)

1. You need to pay your SEVIS Registration Fee: fmjfee.com  

You must have your passport and your I-20 form(immigration document) before you pay the SEVIS fee. You MUST print out the receipt from your SEVIS payment. You need the SEVIS receipt to sign up for the visa interview. You also need your SEVIS receipt at the visa interview. 

Take the following documents with you to your VISA Interview:

  •  I-20 document and support letter from school 
  • Visa application and processing fee (DS-160 confirmation, Visa interview receipt, Interview appointment confirmation)
  • SEVIS receipt 
  • Passport size photo 
  • High School transcripts (original) 
  • Financial Affidavit (for example: bank statements, tax records, proof of sponsorship, Certificate of Deposit) 
  • Valid Current Passport

2. Find a U.S. Embassy or Consulate near you  

Go to this website: https://www.ustraveldocs.com/ Click on your area of the world. Click on your country. Click on Visas. Follow the instructions to sign up for a visa appointment. 

3. More information about F-1 visas can be found at this website: https://studyinthestates.dhs.gov/ 

4. Receiving a decision:  

  • If you are approved for a student visa, Congratulations! 
  • If you are denied a student visa: 

- Politely ask the consular official why the application was denied.

- Also ask when you may reapply for a visa. 

- If you would like to re-apply for the student visa, please contact our office for more information.   

PREPARING FOR YOUR INTERVIEW:

You should be prepared to answer the following questions before you visit the American Consul in your country. 

1. How are you going to finance your study in the United States? You will need to have all the details of this clearly defined. 

2. What are the ways you can guarantee your return to your country? You may be asked to outline what ties you have to your country; for example, a job or offer of a job, business, property or other assets, family, social ties such as political office, etc. 

3. What are your educational plans in the United States? For example, will you study for one year, attend a two-year community college, and then attend a four-year university? You should be prepared to discuss how long you intend to stay and what you plan to study. 

4. What has been your educational preparation for study in the United States? For example, what are your educational credentials, your English language proficiency and your admission status to a particular school? 

5. How do you plan to use your United States education when you return to your country?  These are the most common questions that you may be asked. The visa officer may ask other questions. Your interview will be in English, so practice before you attend your appointment. Keep in mind that the interview will be short, so do your best to make a good first impression. Bring documentation regarding the above five points with you to the interview.