International students intending to study in the United States must first obtain an F-1 Student Visa.
Before you begin the visa application process, you must have the following documents:
Once you receive your I-20 from Lyon and have paid your SEVIS fee, you can begin the F-1 application process.
Please note: You must allow adequate time for visa processing and visa appointment wait times, which can range from several weeks to several months. Review visa wait times at your local embassy here.
If you are a Canadian citizen, you do not need an F-1 visa to study or participate in an exchange program in the U.S. However, you will need to obtain a Form I-20 (or DS-2019). Upon receipt of your I-20, you will be assigned a SEVIS number and required to pay the registration fee. You must present your SEVIS receipt and I-20 (or DS-2019) at the U.S.—Canada land border or at the airport for lawful entry to the U.S. as an F-1 student. You will also need to present your Canadian passport, proof of financial support, and proof of ties to Canada.
To apply for a U.S. visa, you will need to present the following documents at the U.S. embassy nearest to you:
In addition, you must present the following mandatory documents:
For a more comprehensive list of what to bring to your interview, please visit the Checklist of Materials page.
Make sure you review your Form I-20 and sign the bottom of page 1 if all information presented is correct. If you are under the age of 18, your parent or guardian must co-sign on the bottom of page 1.
When you arrive at the embassy, you will be required to pay an additional application fee and attend an interview with an embassy official. There have been (and continue to be) changes in the visa application process and these changes are usually reflected on the consular websites.
When entering the U.S., you must provide the following materials to the port of entry officer:
If you are requesting entry to the U.S. on a visa other than an F-1 or with an F-1 I-20 from another U.S. academic institution, please contact the appropriate party responsible for your immigration status about travel information.
When applying for your student visa, pay careful attention to the following:
For more information about the visa application process, please contact Joni Bube, International Student Advisor, at 870.307.7027 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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