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How much are the visa fees for an F-1?

Since my father is sponsoring my expenses to Dartmouth, instead of a personal bank statement in my name, can I submit the one in his name?

Who is my immigration advisor?

The form asks for the degree completion date.  What date would I use?

Hww much funding do I need to show?

When is the last date to complete and submit the International Graduate Student/Intern Intake form?

When can I expect to get the I-20?  When should I make my visa application appointment?

I've confirmed my acceptance to my academic program at Dartmouth College.  How should I proceed to get the I-20 form?

 

 

How much are the visa fees for an F-1?

The visa application fees can vary, but generally are $160 (US dollars) for the visa application, and $200 (US dollars) for the SEVIS fee for F-1 students, and $180 for J-1 students. If your country charges U.S. citizens an additional fee for a visa to your country, then the U.S. may also charge you an additional "reciprocity" fee. The amount of this fee varies. see this website for information on the reciprocity fee: http://travel.state.gov/visa/fees/fees_1341.html.

Since my father is sponsoring my expenses to Dartmouth, instead of a personal bank statement in my name, can I submit the one in his name?

Please read the information on the online form, financial information page carefully. The information is there.

Who is my immigration advisor?

Click here for a caseload division list: http://www.dartmouth.edu/~ovis/docs/caseloaddivision.pdf.

The form asks for the degree completion date. What date would I use?

Ask your admitting department for the correct end date, if you are not sure.

Hww much funding do I need to show?

The exact figure is on the online intake form, and is specific to each program. See the financial info page for details. If part of your funding is from Dartmouth, you do not need to submit documentation for that part of it, other than the Dartmouth financial aid letter.

When is the last date to complete and submit the International Graduate Student/Intern Intake form?

No set date, but we prefer to allow two to three months in between your form and document submission and your program start date. We can allow less time for transfers of students who are currently in the U.S. attending another U.S. school, and who are transferring their SEVIS record to Dartmouth without having to leave the U.S. to get a new visa.

When can I expect to get the I-20? When should I make my visa application appointment?

We try to issue the I-20 form within about two weeks of when we receive all your information. Mailing and internal processes can add an additional two weeks. We recommend that you not make the visa application until you have the I-20 form in hand, as we cannot guarantee a certain processing time.

I've confirmed my acceptance to my academic program at Dartmouth College. How should I proceed to get the I-20 form?

Once the department submits their information to us, you will receive an auto-email with a link to an online form that you must complete and submit. We will also need you to scan and upload a copy of your passport, and any required proof of funding to meet the progam's budget. This is explained on the financial page of the online form. Evidence of your personal or outside funding can be in the form or a hiring letter stating salary level, a letter of sponsorship from your employer or home institution, or a copy of a personal bank statement, translated to English, that is dated within the last month. If your parents are supplying copies of their bank statements, we also need a signed letter from them, in English, or with an attached translation, stating that they are giving you that money for your educational expenses. You may choose to scan and upload these documents at the end of the information form, or you may scan and email them to Visa.and.Immigration.Services@dartmouth.edu, or to fax them to us, at (603) 646-1616. Please note your name, and your degree program or school, in all correspondence. Once we have your information, we try to issue the I-20 form within two weeks.

 

Last Updated: 12/6/13