The information below may be used as a guide for the F-1 or J-1 international student visa application process.
Upon admission to UCM, F-1 students/visa applicants receive an I-20 document and J-1 students/visa applicants receive a DS-2019 document by mail.
Additional information for the F-1 visa applicants:
For additional information, and to apply for a visa, please see the U.S. Department of State website.
The I-901 fee amount for an F-1 visa is $350 USD and the I-901 fee amount for a J-1 visa is $220 USD. Be sure to print a copy of the online receipt to show to the Consulate during your interview and to keep with you when you travel. To pay the SEVIS fee online, click HERE. More details about the fee, methods of paying the fee, processing times and other frequently asked questions can be found HERE.
NOTE: 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, you do not need to pay the SEVIS fee. The fee is transferable to another I-20 or DS-2019 as long as it is still in your name. Find out more about transferring your SEVIS fee HERE.
Contact your local U.S. Embassy or Consulate to ask about obtaining an international student (F-1) or exchange visitor (J-1) visa.
A list of all U.S. Embassy's and Consulates can be found on the U.S. Department of State website.
NOTE: You will need to upload a recent photo when completing the DS-160 form. Click HERE for photo requirements.
After you receive the form I-20 (for F-1) or DS-2019 (for J-1) from UCM, follow the U.S. Embassy or Consulate's instructions to schedule an interview for your F-1 or J-1 student visa. It is important to apply for your student visa as far in advance as possible.
Visa appointments can be scheduled up to a year before the program start date listed on the I-20.
Gather the following documentation before your visa appointment:
Remain calm and answer all the Consular Officer's questions openly and honestly.