International Services

 

F-1 Visa Application


Step 1: Check for Errors

Please check and verify all information listed on your Adelphi University I-20 is accurate and printed correctly. This includes your name as it appears in your passport, your program of study, the length of study, your previous schools name if you are a transfer student, country of birth, country of citizenship, date of birth and financial information. If anything is listed incorrectly please contact the Office of International Services immediately to make a correction.

Step 2: Sign your I-20

Please check and verify all information listed on your Adelphi University I-20 is accurate and printed correctly. This includes your name as it appears in your passport, your program of study, the length of study, your previous schools name if you are a transfer student, country of birth, country of citizenship, date of birth and financial information. If anything is listed incorrectly please contact the Office of International Services immediately to make a correction.

Step 3: Pay the SEVIS I-901 Fee

What is SEVIS?

The Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) acts as the bridge for government organizations that have an interest in information about foreign students. It is designed to help the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and U.S. Department of State better monitor school and exchange visitor programs and F, M and J category visitors. SEVP administers the F (academic) and M (vocational) visa categories, while the U.S. Department of State manages the J exchange visitor program. SEVP uses Web-based technology known as the Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS), to track and monitor schools and programs, students, exchange visitors and their dependents while they are legally enrolled in the U.S. education system.

SEVP collects, maintains and uses the information to ensure that only legitimate foreign students or exchange visitors gain entry to the United States. The result is an easily accessible information system that provides timely information to the U.S. Department of State, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services and U. S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

SEVIS Fee:

Each student or exchange visitor issued an initial Form I-20 or DS-2019 is responsible for paying this fee to SEVP. The current fee is $200.00. This video has more information on the SEVIS fee.

To pay online:

  • Access the SEVIS form I-901 to pay the I-901 SEVIS fee.
  • Proceed to I-901 Form and Payment
  • Complete the form and information using a valid Visa, Mastercard or American Express
  • Print the receipt

Step 4: 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 want to go to Adelphi University?
  • What you plan to study?
  • How you plan to use your education when you return?
  • Who will sponsor your education?
  • What are your plans after finishing the degree?

Dependents of F-1 Students:

Dependents of an F-1 student will be issued an F-2 visa if they are accompanying or joining the F-1 student. You must be able to show that sufficient funds are available to cover the entire family’s living expenses. A visa will not be issued without evidence to this evidentiary proof.

 

For further information, please contact:

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

 
 
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