Obtaining an F-1 Student Visa and Entering the United States
Your Form I-20 is necessary to obtain an F-1 Student Visa. This visa permits you to enter the United States for the purpose of studying at Lasell College. If you enter the U.S. on a tourist visa, you will be required to leave the U.S. in order to enter on a proper student visa. You must be enrolled as a full-time student to obtain an F-1 student visa.
Obtaining a Visa
Application check list:
Consulates vary in the amount of time they require to issue a visa and the fees charged. It is important to contact the specific consular office where you intend to apply to ask about specific local procedures.
The consular officer will require you to present proof of having paid the SEVIS fee ($200). To learn more about this new fee or to pay online visit http://www.fmjfee.com
A new initiative allows Western Union to collect the SEVIS I-901 fee in local currency, along with the needed Form I-901 data, and to transmit the payment and data electronically to SEVP (Student and Exchange Visitor Program). The properly completed Western Union receipt serves as immediate proof-of-payment for a visa interview at a U.S. consulate and for admission at a U.S. port of entry. This option is available in any country where Western Union offers its Quick Pay™ service. The instructions, along with a completed sample of the Western Union form, can be found on the SEVP website.
It is imperative that you read the instructions for this payment option on the SEVP website at www.ice.gov/sevis and bring a printed copy of the instructions and the sample of the completed Western Union form, also on the website, to the Western Union Agent in order to correctly process your payments.
If you have received an I-20 from more than one school, be sure to use the I-20 of the school you plan to attend when applying for your visa. The Consular Officer will only issue the visa for one Form 1-20 and will cancel all other I-20s in SEVIS (the electronic Student and Exchange Visitor Information System).
You will not get a visa if you do not prove to the Consular Officer that you plan to return to your home country when you complete your studies in the U.S. In order to demonstrate to the Consular Officer that you will return to your country, you must show that:
If you cannot prove these points to the Consular Officer, you may be denied a visa. In order to maintain an F-1 status, you must maintain a valid passport and pursue a full course of study, making progress toward the completion of the course of study. A full course of study is at least 9 credit hours per term. If you are not taking a full course load, you are in danger of losing your F-1 status.
If you have any questions please contact:
The Office of Graduate Admissions, by e-mail email@example.com or by phone 617-243-2400
Sarah Driscoll, Director of International Student Services, by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org
Tuesday, September 18 @ 6:30 p.m.