If you are not a U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident of the United States, upon receipt of your I-20 or DS-2019 from the University, you must apply for a visa at the United States Embassy or Consulate closest to your place of residence. For information on requirements, visit usembassy.gov.
If you are a degree seeking student, you must obtain the F-1 student visa. If you are a visiting or exchange student, you must obtain the J-1 exchange visitor visa.
F-1 and J-1 students are required to pay a one-time, non-refundable I-901 SEVIS (Student and Exchange Visitor Information System) fee prior to the visa appointment. The fee is payable at the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) website, fmjfee.com.
All visa applicants must have a personal interview. Based on your country, it may take time to be assigned an interview date. Plan ahead and begin your visa process at least two months in advance of your start date at Southeast.
Visas cannot be issued more than 90 days prior to the program start date on your I-20 or DS-2019.
Contact the U.S. Consulate with questions regarding your visa application.
To secure a visa, you need to provide various documents:
You may need to provide other documents including but not limited to:
Be prepared to answer questions at your visa interview related to:
If the consular officers find you ineligible for a visa:
If you are approved, celebrate!