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Visa Requirements

The U.S. Student Visa Process

Don’t know where to start to get a U.S. student visa? Follow these step-by-step instructions:

  1. Obtain passport from your government (your passport must be valid at least six months prior to your intended visa application).
  2. Complete the instructions in your letter of offer:
    • Pay initial deposit
    • Complete and sign your acceptance form
    • Send in any outstanding documents as instructed in your letter
  3. After your offer acceptance has been processed, you will receive the SEVIS Form I-20. This is the form you take with you to the U.S. embassy for your interview. Carefully read all the information.
  4. Pay the one-time SEVIS fee. Visit for guidance on this transaction.
  5. Make an appointment with the U.S. Embassy or Consulate in your home country to apply for an F-1 visa and schedule an interview that will allow you enough time to comfortably arrive in the U.S for check-in.
  6. We have compiled 7 video tips that will help you prepare for your interview

Attend the Interview at the U.S. Embassy or Consulate.

You will need to remember to bring the following documents:

  • A current passport (valid for at least six months)
  • Your original letter of offer from UMass Boston
  • A valid SEVIS I-20 form issued by UMass Boston
  • Original copies of all financial documents (such as a bank statement, loan, scholarship, or affidavit of support) showing enough funding for one academic year
  • Proof of ties to your home country (such as a job, ownership of a property, or family business)
  • Copies of all academic transcripts and certificates
  • Copies of TOEFL, IELTS, Pearson Versant English Placement Test or GMAT or GRE results (if any)
  • A copy of the SEVIS fee payment receipt
  • Photos as required (specifications will be explained on the relevant US Embassy or Consulate website)
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