University of Southern Indiana

After You've Been Admitted

Applying for an F-1 or J-1 Visa

Once you have been admitted to the University of Southern Indiana, we will send you a Form I-20 (for an F-1 student visa) or a DS-2019 Form (for a J-1 exchange visitor visa). It is important that you read this form carefully and that you understand your responsibilities as an international student in the U.S. when you sign the form. Please make sure your name is spelled the same way on the I-20 or DS-2019 form as it is in your passport.

You will need to pay the SEVIS I-901 fee ($200 for F-1, $180 for J-1) after you receive your I-20 or DS-2019.  You will need proof of the SEVIS fee payment for the visa interview.  You can pay the fee online at www.fmjfee.com or by mail.  The fee application can be downloaded from the website.

You can also begin making arrangements to obtain a student visa. Please check with the nearest U.S. Embassy or Consulate regarding the procedure in your country; in some instances, you will need to make an appointment several weeks in advance or you may have to apply by mail. For further assistance with the application process and other information on studying in the U.S., you may also wish to contact an educational advisor at the advising center in your country (EducationUSA has a listing of the 450 advising centers worldwide). 

You will also need to contact the U.S. Embassy for which exact documents you will need for your visa interview.  Some documents you should expect to provide include:

  • I-20 or DS-2019
  • SEVIS fee payment receipt
  • Visa application fee receipt
  • Financial documentation
  • USI Admission letter
  • Passport

Students from Canada:
Canadian citizens do not need to obtain a visa; you must present the I-20 or the DS-2019 and your proof of financial support upon your entry into the U.S. Please make sure that you provide these documents to the immigration officer at the border in order to enter the U.S. as a student; DO NOT enter the U.S. on a visitor (tourist) visa.


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