Applying for an F-1 or J-1 Visa

The best advice is to review any and all information OIS encloses within your I-20 or DS-2019 package. Regarding your visa appointment or process, the most important items are your I-20 or DS-2019; financial supporting documentation; a valid passport, and your SEVIS fee receipt. Always consult with your chosen U.S. Consulate’s web site prior to the appointment. Each post has its own requirements.

In your “interview,” your goal is to convince the U.S. Consul that you have no intention to be a U.S. immigrant and you intend to return to your home country after you achieve the educational goals being sought in the U.S.

We strongly advise our students to email OIS with individualized, specific questions and concerns—rather than search the internet for advice or answers to your questions.