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Applying for your Visa

Once you receive your Form I-20 from OGE, you can apply for an F-1 visa.

Make sure to:

  1. Ensure all of the information on the Form I-20 is correct. Notify OGE immediately if there are any misspellings or incorrect information.
  2. Sign and date at the bottom of page 1 of your Form I-20.
  3. Pay the SEVIS Registration Fee. You must have access to a printer to print a receipt of payment. Only pay the SEVIS fee by credit card; other payment forms may cause substantial delays.

For new students, the earliest an F-1 visa can be issued is 120 days in advance of the program start date on the I-20. It is best to apply for a student visa in your home country or country of permanent residence. The order of steps and amount of time needed to obtain a student visa may vary by country. Find your closest U.S. Embassy or Consulate and follow the instructions on how to apply for a Student Visa. After receiving your visa, make sure the visa type, your name and date of birth are correct and match the information in your passport.

Visa Interview

Take a look at the resources below to learn about what to expect in preparation for your visa interview.