Pay I-901 SEVIS Fee - F-1 and J-1 visa applicants are required to pay a SEVIS fee
which is used to support the SEVIS program. The fee must be paid prior to applying
for your visa. A receipt of payment must be shown at the time of the visa application.
The fee may be paid online at the I-901 Fee Page.
Complete the DS-160 visa application online - You will complete the DS-160 visa application
and pay the application fee online at the Consular Electronic Application Center website.
You are required to upload your official photo with your DS-160 application. View
official Photograph Requirements before uploading your photo. Read more about the
visa application at DS-160: Frequently Asked Questions.
Schedule Your Interview - You should schedule your interview at the US embassy or
consulate in the country where you live. You may schedule your interview at another
US embassy or consulate, but be aware that it may be more difficult to qualify for
a visa outside of the country where you live. Select your embassy or consulate from
the US Department of State US Embassy and Consulate list.
Attend Your Interview at the Consulate - The visa application requires a Form I-20
or DS-2019 and other documents. Consult the US embassy or consulate website for specific
documents/proof requirements. Generally, you will be required to show your Form I-20
or DS-2019, receipt for I-901 SEVIS fee payment, Form DS-160 (visa application) confirmation
page, and application fee payment receipt. You may also be asked to show an invitation
letter from your sponsoring faculty or department, ability to pay all costs while
in the US (financial support as submitted to UW for I-20 or DS-2019 issuance if not
paid by UW), marriage certificate if bringing a spouse with you, and proof of intent
to return to your home country after your visit to the US. You may also be asked if
you have worked, studies, or resided in the United States previously.
Canadian Citizens - Canadian citizens do not need a F-1 or J-1 visa foil in their passport, but rather
obtain their visa status when they enter the United States by showing proof of citizenship,
the UW Form I-20 or DS-2019, proof of financial support, and proof of payment of the
I-901 SEVIS fee. Canadian citizens do NOT need to make an appointment at the US embassy
Study in the States offers free government resources that explain the rules and regulations governing
the international student process in the United States.
Managing the Student Visa Process
What happens if I am denied a student visa?
University of Wyoming International Students and Scholars