Visa Appointment

All international visitors must have a current US visa in their passport to be admitted into the US. People come to the US for many different reasons. As a student at OU, you will apply for an F-1 or J-1 student visa.

Canadian citizens are not required to apply for a visa to enter the US but must still pay the SEVIS fee and present the Certificate of Eligibility (I-20 or DS-2019) at the US port of entry. Landed Immigrants of Canada must obtain a US visa.

Visa Preparation

Before you apply for your student visa, you must pay the SEVIS fee and consular visa fees, make a visa appointment, and prepare your visa application. Find the US consulate where you plan to apply for your visa.

Visa Appointment

When you make your appointment, inform the consulate that you are applying for an F-1 or J-1 student visa and give them the SEVIS ID on your I-20 or DS-2019 (upper right corner of your document, above the bar code). Consulates may have long waiting periods for appointments, especially during May through August, but may give priority to student applications.

Visa Application

When you apply for your student visa, you will need:

Some consulates may require additional documentation. Check the consular website for visa application instructions.

Security Clearances

Some students may be required to pass an additional security check on the visa application. Your visa cannot be issued until the security check has cleared. This may take several weeks. If you are subject to a security clearance, you may wish to notify the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center International Services office. If your delay will result in a deferral of your attendance to the next semester, notify the OUHSC Office of Admissions and Records regarding a deferred new program start date to a later semester.

Web Resources

US Department of State visa Information
US Department of State - information on student visas
US Department of State - complete list of US foreign embassies and consulates
US Department of State visa wait times

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