Obtaining an F-1 Student Visa

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International students must obtain a Student Visa in order to attend Stratford University in the United States. This is a four set process: applying to Stratford University, payment of the SEVIS fee, applying for Student Visa at US Consulate, and appearing for a personal interview at the Consulate.

Payment of SEVIS Fee

As soon as you receive your letter of acceptance and Form I-20 from Stratford University, you must pay your SEVIS fee (currently US $200). The method of payment depends on the country and Consulate. In many cases, you can pay online (https://www.fmjfee.com/i901fee/).

Applying for Student Visa

You must then contact the US Consulate in your area and apply for your Student Visa. The Consulate will provide a list of required documents, which you must submit. This list will include, but not be limited to, the following:

  • Letter of acceptance
  • Proof of financial support
  • Form I-20
  • Proof of SEVIS fee payment (Form I-901)

Other supporting documents, which may be useful and are recommended by Stratford, include: statement of purpose, academic transcripts, test scores, and letters of recommendation.

Personal Interview

You will be required to appear for a personal interview at a time set by the Consulate.

At the interview, you must clearly explain why you selected Stratford for your education. Do not memorize the answers used by others and published on the Web. Truthfulness and candor are important. If the Consular Officer suspects that you are not telling the truth or if your documents are fraudulent, you may be permanently denied a Visa.

You will be told whether you have been approved at the conclusion of the interview. If you are approved by the Consular Officer, the Consulate will issue your Student Visa.

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