I. Transferring to your school
· Once you have decided to enroll, your university will send you relevant paperwork and instructions.
· Check your school’s website for information or reach out to the international admissions officer.
· Documentation I. (most likely required)
· Documentation II. (suggested you prepare but differs by institution)
II. Securing a US student visa:
· Upon acceptance, your university will enroll you in the Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS) and provide you with visa-related documents.
· Fill out the SEVIS-generated document Form I-20 for an F or M visa or DS-2019 for a J visa.
· Pay the SEVIS fee at least three days before submitting an application to for a US visa here and make sure that the details on your I-20 or DS-2019 match. Make sure you get a receipt even if someone else, including a third party, pays for you as you need to show it at your visa interview.
· Complete the online DS-160 which can be found here. Make sure you prepare a recent photo according to these guidelines found here. Once you’ve completed the form, digitally sign it by clicking the “sign application” button and make sure to print your confirmation page with a barcode, barcode number and application ID and bring it with you to your visa interview.
· Pay the visa application fee called the Machine Readable Visa Fee, or ‘MRV fee.’ For more information, please click here. Make sure to print your MRV fee receipt and bring it to the interview.
o If you bring any derivatives (spouse or children), be sure to also bring the following:
III. Arriving in the US:
· When traveling to the US, be sure to bring the following documents:
· Be prepared to fill out the Customs Declaration form (CF-6059) provided by a flight attendant before you arrive.
· You will also need to complete an Arrival/Departure Record I-94 form before you arrive either on paper or online. Make sure you keep hold of this form as you will need it when you leave the US.
· You must follow your visa dates otherwise you will be in violation of your status in the United States of America.