International Services

 

Applying for an F-1 Visa


A citizen of a foreign country who seeks to enter the United States for the purpose of studying at Adelphi University must first obtain a valid F-1 student visa. This document can be acquired at the nearest U.S. Embassy or Consulate in your home country or residence and is placed in your valid passport. International travelers who are citizens of Canada, Bermuda and meet all necessary requirements are eligible to travel to the United States without a visa.

For additional information, please view the student visa overview and the current appointment wait time at your U.S. Embassy or Consulate.

Step 1: Gather and Prepare all Essential Documents from Adelphi University prior to your Travel Date

Official University Transcript from Adelphi University

» This official document will authenticate your current enrollment

Travel Endorsement

As an international student you must have a valid travel signature on page 2 of your valid SEVIS I-20 within one year of entry for enrolled students and 6 months of entry for students on authorized Optional Practical Training.  To obtain a new travel endorsement, please visit International Services during open advisement hours. 

Academic Schedule

Print your current and following semester schedule from your eCampus account.

Step 2: Schedule an Appointment for your Visa Application

All non-immigrants coming to the United States for the purpose of studying will have to acquire an F-1 student visa. You can obtain the F-1 visa at the nearest United States Embassy or Consulate by presenting your Form I-20 (called Certificate of Eligibility) which will be issued by Adelphi University. You will also have to present your letter of acceptance, proof of SEVIS I-901 payment receipt, a certificate of finances and a bank letter (certifying that funds are available for your study in the U.S.) An F-1 visa is intended for your travel into the United States as an F-1 Student. (Note: Canadian students do not need a visa and may enter the U.S. simply by presenting a valid passport, Form I-20, SEVIS I-901 payment receipt and sufficient financial documentation.) For more information please visit the U.S. Department of State website.

Required Documentation for your visa appointment:

Gather and prepare the following required documents prior to your visa interview:

  • Passport valid for travel to the United States. Your passport must be valid for at least six months beyond your period of stay in the United States.
  • Nonimmigrant Visa Application, Form DS-160 confirmation page
  • Application fee payment receipt, if you are required to pay before your interview
  • Photo – You will upload your photo while completing the online Form DS-160
  • Certificate of Eligibility for Nonimmigrant (F-1) Student Status, Form I-20
  • Additional documentation may be required
  • Additional documents may be requested to establish your qualification. Be prepared to present the following documents at your visa interview.
  • Transcripts, diplomas, degrees, or certificates from schools you attended
  • Scores from tests required for admission, such as the TOEFL
  • Standardized test scores required by your U.S. school
  • Your intent to depart the United States upon completion of the course of stud
  • How you will pay all educational, living and travel costs

Attend your Visa Interview:

During your visa interview, a consular officer will determine whether you are qualified to receive a visa.

The visa interview is a conversation, not a document review session. As the applicant, it is recommended to clearly articulate the following during your appointment. You should practice and be comfortable with these questions prior to your visa interview. Also important, as for any first conversation, is to dress nicely and smile.

  • Why you are attending Adelphi University?
  • Why are you studying your major?
  • How you plan to use your education when you return?
  • Who is sponsoring your education?
  • What are your plans after finishing the degree?
 
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For further information, please contact:

International Services
p – 516.877.4990
e – is@adelphi.edu

 
 
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