Apply for Your Visa

After you receive your I-20 or DS-2019, you will need to make your visa interview appointment. Listed below are step-by-step instructions to set up your visa interview, along with a link to tips and suggestions on how to prepare for your interview.  

  1. Verify your personal information on your Form I-20 (F visa) or DS-2019 (J visa). Ensure that your name and birth date match your passport. If you find any mistakes, please contact immediately.
  2. Read page 3 of your Form I-20 or page 2 of your DS-2019 and sign your document. On your I-20, sign the bottom of the first page above your name. Make sure to sign all dependent I-20s in the same location. On the DS-2019, sign in the Exchange Visitor Certification box at the bottom of the first page.
  3. Pay your I-901 SEVIS fee at Verify the fee costs at the website provided. You must pay this fee BEFORE you set up your visa interview and be sure to keep the receipt. Additional instructions on how to pay can be found here.
  4. Complete the Nonimmigrant Visa Application (DS-160). This is another required form in order to arrange your visa interview. The Department of State has a website dedicated to frequently asked questions.
  5. Schedule the visa interview appointment with your local U.S. consulate or embassy. If you are struggling to get an appointment, you can request a letter from Kent State University in support of an expedited visa interview appointment.  This letter will request an expedited appointment and include personal information to identify you. You can request this letter in the ISSS Portal.
  6. Prepare for your visa interview. The visa interview can be challenging and a bit scary. This is why we provide tips and suggestions on how to prepare for the interview.
  7. Contact to notify us of the outcome of your visa interview. If you do not receive your visa and need to defer your admission and receive a new I-20 or DS-2019, please defer your admission with

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