Visa Interview

Prior to entering the United States, you are required to apply for and receive an F-1 visa. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement outlines the process of F-1 visa application at the following website; Student Steps: How to Navigate the US Immigration System. Before attending your visa interview, an online SEVIS fee payment of $200 is required. Please print and maintain a copy of this payment receipt in your permanent records.

You should take the following documents to your visa interview:

  • Passport
  • I-20
  • SJSU acceptance letter
  • Proof of financial support
  • SEVIS fee receipt

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Expect the visa interview to be very brief, (less than 15 minutes) and to be conducted in English. If you are denied the visa, please request the reason you were denied in writing, along with a list of the documents they require to obtain approval. It is important to clearly communicate that you intend to leave the U.S. after completion of your studies. You can learn more about the visa application process at the Department of Homeland Security’s Study in the States website.