In order to enter the United States and study, you must obtain the F-1 student visa from a U.S. Embassy/Consulate. An F-1 student visa gives you permission to apply for admission to the United States and if approved, study in the United States. 

Applying for an F-1 Student Visa

To receive your F-1 visa, you must take the enclosed I-20, along with supporting documents, to the U.S. Embassy or Consulate for your visa interview. Always check with your U.S. Consulate or Embassy first to determine which additional documents are needed for your visa interview.

  1. Pay the SEVIS Fee (I-901 Fee) of $350 to the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agency at
  2. Sign the enclosed Form I-20 in blue ink on page 1
  3. Carefully read the instructions on the I-20 on page 3
  4. Complete the online Non-immigrant Visa Application (Form DS-160) at Print the application and bring it to your visa interview
  5. Schedule your visa interview at your nearest U.S. Embassy or Consulate. Please remember to check with the Embassy or Consulate on what additional documents you will need to bring or prepare for your interview Documents you may need to bring may include bank statements, letter of admission, etc.

    Disclaimer: Receiving a PCC I-20 does not guarantee that you will receive your F-1 visa from the consulate. 
  6. Take your signed I-20 with you, along with any required documents stated by the U.S. Embassy or Consulate, to your visa interview 
Important Information about your I-20
After you receive your F-1 Student Visa, you will be allowed to enter the U.S. 30 days before the Program Start Date. Please check the Earliest Admission Date on your form I-20.

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