How to Obtain the F-1 Visa:
All international students must obtain the F-1 Visa. There are several required steps before a student can obtain the F-1 Visa.
1. Apply and receive acceptance letter from the Office of Undergraduate Admissions
2. Receive the Form I-20 from the High Point University Admissions Office. You must submit the following for this document to be issued:
- 2017-2018 Certificate of Financial Support
- Photocopy of Passport
- $500 Deposit (this can be paid online once you login to your MyHPU page)
- Foreign Mailing Address and Foreign Phone Number (the Form I-20 will be sent via FedEx once the Admissions Office has received all of the necessary documents)
- If an international student is already studying in the United States and has the F-1 visa, they must also complete the F-1 Visa Transfer Document and the I-20 will be updated and mailed back to the student.
3. Complete the Online Non-Immigrant Visa Application
4. Pay the SEVIS Fee (also called the SEVIS I-901 Fee)
5. Apply for F-1 Visa at U.S. Embassy or Consulate and prepare for interview
- After paying the I-901 fee and getting a receipt, you can apply for a visa at any American Embassy or Consulate before you leave for the U.S. Check how long this process will take for certain U.S. Embassies and Consulates.
- Required Documents for Visa Interview:
- Passport (must be valid for at least 6 months)
- Non-Immigrant Visa Application (Form DS-160) confirmation page
- Application Fee payment receipt
- Form I-20
- Additional documentation may be required. Review instructions for how to apply for a visa on the website of the Embassy or Consulate where you will apply.