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Undergraduate Checklist and Timeline - Visa

Step 7 – Visa

Websites

E-mail

  • Not applicable.

Instructions With Regard to the Visa Process

  • The Office of Visa and Immigration Services will provide a cover letter with your I-20 or DS-2019, complete instructions for obtaining the visa will be included in that letter.
  • A visa stamp is the key to enter the United States. It is different from the I-20 form or the DS-2019 form which is required for a visa application.
  • Canadian citizens do not need a visa stamp but are inspected at the U.S. Port of Entry for admission in F-1 or J-1 status.
  • Contact the U.S. Consulate for a visa appointment

Questions

  • Review the websites above.

Time Frame

  • Applications for visas are made after receipt of the I-20 and after the SEVIS fee has been paid.
    • Canadian citizens do not apply for a visa stamp but are inspected at the port of entry for admission in F-1 or J-1 status.
  • For all others, a valid visa stamp is required for inspection, admission, and entry to the United States

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Last Updated: 1/3/18