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Prospective Students - Obtaining a F1 Visa

Visa Application Process

  1. Contact your local U.S. Consulate or Embassy to learn how to get an F-1 international student visa.
  2. Schedule an interview for your F-1 student visa.
    • After you receive your Form I-20 from the College of Saint Elizabeth, follow the U.S. Embassy/Consulate's instructions on how to schedule an interview.
    • It is important to apply for your student visa as far in advance as possible. Although many consulates recommend that appointments be made no more than 90 days before the intended date of travel, they will make arrangements for interviews up to 120 days beforehand.
  3. Complete the following forms (see
    • DS-156 Nonimmigrant Visa Application Form
    • DS-158 Contact Information and Work History for Nonimmigrant Visa Applicant
    • If you are a male between the ages of 16 and 45, also complete DS-157 Supplemental Nonimmigrant Visa Application.
  4. Pay the visa application fee. Follow the instructions at the website for your local U.S. embassy or consulate.


If your I-20 was issued on or after October 27, 2008 and is marked "Initial attendance" (#3 on your Form I-20), you will also need to pay a $200 SEVIS fee.

To Pay the Sevis Fee by Mail

To Pay the Sevis Fee Online

You do not need to pay the $200 SEVIS fee if you are transferring schools, extending your program, applying for an F-2 dependent visa, or have paid this fee and been denied a visa within the last twelve months.

Visa Interview

You should bring the following items with you to your visa interview:

Other Points to Remember

Visa Denial or Delay

Most College of Saint Elizabeth students have no trouble obtaining their F-1 visas. Sometimes, however, a student's visa is denied or delayed. The most common reasons for visa denial are:

The visa officer must tell you the reason for any visa denial.

If your visa is denied:

Your Arrival in the United States

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