What to Do Before Starting the Summer Experience
- 1 Apply for Your Visa
- 2 Submit Your Flight Details
- 3 Complete Your Required Forms
- 4 Get Packed!
- 5 Arrive!
After you receive the electronic copy of your I-20, complete the following steps before booking your visa appointment:
- Schedule a free visa information and preparation session with a member of our Student Services team. Someone from the team will reach out to you to coordinate this session.
- Check that the details on your I-20 are correct (including your date of birth) and make sure your name is the same as it appears on your
- Prepare the documents you will need to bring with you to the embassy for your visa interview.
After you complete the above steps, immediately apply for your visa. The visa application process includes an interview with the U.S. Embassy, which can sometimes take several weeks to schedule.
- Complete your Visa Application at state.gov/genniv.
- Pay your I-901 (SEVIS)
- Visit usembassy.gov to learn more about scheduling your visa appointment, what to expect when you arrive, and the documentation you need to take with you.
- Notify your Student Services Advisor of the date and embassy of your visa
STUDENT VISA CHECKLIST
Plan to present the following documentation during your visa interview:
CURRENT, VALID PASSPORT
Note: Please check the expiration date on your passport. If your passport will expire less than six (6) months from your planned arrival in the United States, is damaged, or you do not have a page for a visa, get a new passport before your interview.
Supply a two-inch square (51 mm x 51 mm) color photograph, less than six (6) months old, against a white background, with a full front view of your head and shoulders. Please use clear tape to stick your photo to the front cover of your passport.
DS-160 APPLICATION FORM CONFIRMATION PAGE
Visit ceac.state.gov/genniv for information and instructions.
ORIGINAL BANK RECEIPT FOR APPLICATION FEE
Please glue or tape the application fee receipt onto the bottom of the DS-160 form confirmation page.
ANY PREVIOUSLY EXPIRED PASSPORTS
Bring all passports containing all previous U.S. visas, even if expired.
SEVIS I-901 FEE RECEIPT
Visit fmjfee.com/i901fee for more information.
SEVIS FORM I-20
Bring a properly completed form. It must be signed by both the Designated School Official (DSO) and the
applicant. The name on the form must match the name in your passport exactly. Visit ice.gov/sevis/students for more information.
PROOF OF FINANCES
Supply proof that you can support yourself during your entire stay in the U.S. without working. This is a bank statement and/or letter of support from your sponsor proving the funds that are shown on your form I-20.
OFFICIAL TRANSCRIPTS OF RETURNING STUDENTS
If you have previously studied in the United States, please bring past official transcripts.
Be prepared to speak about the following during your visa interview:
ACADEMIC STUDY PLAN
This includes detailed information about your studies. You may be asked why you chose the university, program and/or major. You may also be asked about your career goals after the program.
TIES TO HOME COUNTRY
Prove that you have economic, social, family or other leadership commitments that will help demonstrate your intent to return to your home country after your studies in the United States.
Helpful Resources for New Students
This useful brochure is full of information on preparing to begin your studies in the MS Field Degree, including technology requirements, textbook requirements, tuition payments, and program resources.
Check off everything on this list to ensure you are prepared for your first day and know when and where to arrive to campus.
Plan ahead! This calendar tells you when class starts and ends, and when holidays and exams are happening.