How to Apply for a J-1 Visa
Before entering the United States, you must apply for a J-1 Student 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* J-1 student visa for entry to the U.S., you must pay the SEVIS fee $180. It can be done either by postal mail or online.
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 a J-1 student visa (attending a US college or university 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
DS-2019 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
Please contact ISS if you will have a spouse accompanying you to the US when you begin your studies at Lehigh.
Note: 1. To meet the J-1 visa requirements, J-1 visa holders must carry health insurance for yourself and your J-2 dependents for the full duration of your J program. For detailed information visa ISS website http://www.lehigh.edu/~intnl/j1health.html
2. Certain J-1 Exchange Visitors – students and scholars – are subject to the two-year home country physical presence requirement, for more information please contact ISS.