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Preparing for Arrival - Your Next Steps

Congratulations on your admission to the University of Wyoming!

 

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NEXT STEPS - Before You Arrive

Now that you are a UW Cowboy, visit our NEXT STEPS checklist. These steps will prepare you for arrival on-campus, for class registration, housing, and student health immunizations.


APPLYING FOR YOUR VISA

Upon receiving your I-20 or DS-2019, make an appointment for a visa interview at a United States Embassy or Consulate Office. It is preferable that you go to the Embassy or Consulate in your country of citizenship.

For the interview, you will need:

  • Passport
  • I-20 (F-1 visa) or DS-2019 (J-1 visa)
  • SEVIS I-901 fee receipt paid through the FMJFEE.COM
  • Affidavit of Support from your sponsor and the financial documentation you submitted with your I-20 or DS-2019 (Confidential Financial Support and bank statements)
    • Or letter from academic department confirming graduate assistantship
  • Letter of admission from the University of Wyoming
  • Be prepared to answer questions about your reasons for studying at the University of Wyoming

Tips for Applying for a Student Visa

It is recommended that you allow yourself time to obtain the appropriate visa stamp from a Consulate or Embassy. The U.S. Department of State has indicated that the process of issuing visas to some individuals might be considerably delayed due to security clearances. Please visit the US Department of State's visa page to apply for your visa and to learn more.

canadian-flag.jpg Canadian Citizens do not need consular visas and may obtain the appropriate visa status when they enter the USA. You must carry all of the documents in the checklist above when you arrive at the U.S. Customs office at a border crossing or airport.

 

What Happens if I'm refused a visa?


Pre-Orientation Check-in with the ISS office

All new students must report to the International Students and Scholars office, located in the Cheney International Center Suite 5 (lower level of the building) as soon as you arrive in Laramie, anytime between 7:30 am - 4:30 pm, Monday - Friday. You will be given a checklist that covers all important items you must take care of prior to the start of school.

Please bring the following documents when you check in:

  • Your I-20 (F visa) or DS-2019 (J visa)
  • Passport/Visa
  • Copy of I-94 Record of Entry (found at https://i94.cbp.dhs.gov/I94/#/home). You will need your passport information.
  • If you came with a spouse and children, please bring their I-20s, passport/visa, and I-94 as well.

MANDATORY NEW STUDENT ORIENTATION

You should plan to arrive at the University of Wyoming no later than Tuesday, August 27th as there will be a mandatory orientation that you must be present for both Wednesday, August 28th and Thursday, August 29th (half-day sessions). You must attend both days! Please watch your email for more information regarding time and location. Attendance is required for all new international students.


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