How to Apply for an F-1 Visa
Before entering the United States, you must apply for an F-1 visa at the U.S. Embassy or Consulate in your home country. Please read instructions carefully and follow the steps.
Note: Canadians and Bermudians re not required to obtain visa stamps to enter the U.S., but must pay SEVIS Fee. Please keep a copy of your SEVIS fee for entering the U.S.
Step 1: Paying SEVIS Fee -I-901
Before you apply for your first * F-1 visa for entry to the U.S., you must pay the SEVIS fee, $200. It can be done either by postal mail or online.
Online using a credit card: www.FMJfee.com, or by paper: https://www.ice.gov/doclib/sevis/pdf/I-901.pdf
Fee receipt: You will be able to print the payment receipt when you complete the form online. If the payment is submitted by mail, you will receive a paper receipt in the mail.
*International students who are currently holding an F-1 visa (attending a US high school for example) do not need to pay the SEVIS fee again.
Step 2: Make an appointment and Read U.S. Embassy’s website
Visit http://www.usembassy.gov/ to locate a U.S. Embassy or Consulate nearest your home and make an appointment for your visa interview. Please check the website of the US consulate you’re visiting for a complete list of required documents for your interview.
Step 3: Fill out visa application online
DS-160 Visa Application Form instruction and Form
Step 4. Make sure you have the following documents in addition to any documents required by U.S. Embassy or Consulate
- Lehigh’s admissions letter
- I-20 issued by Lehigh University
- SEVIS Fee Receipt (proof of SEVIS I-901 Fee payment)
- Proof of financial support
Check wait time
You may check visa application wait time (http://travel.state.gov/visa/temp/wait/wait_4638.html)
Please contact ISS if you will have a spouse accompany you to the US when you begin your studies at Lehigh.