The I-20 Form is an important document that you should keep safe, as you will need it throughout the international student life cycle:
The regulation requires all prospective F-1 Visa students to pay the I-901 SEVIS Fee before the Department of State issues you a visa.
You must receive the I-20 Form from EOU first before you attempt to pay the I-901 fee. Information provided by EOU on the I-20 will be used by you to fill out the I-901 and pay the fee.
In order to get your student visa, you must present proof of your I-901 SEVIS Fee payment at your visa interview.
Because of the high volume of fee transfer and change requests, please email your request a minimum of two weeks before your visa interview to ensure enough time to complete the changes. You can check the status of your request by logging into FMJfee.com to review the status of your correction and print your I-901 SEVIS Fee receipt. Within two weeks, if your requested changes are not complete, please contact the SEVP Response Center at 703-603-3400.
Upon Your Acceptance
EOU has now registered you for the Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS) and sent your I-20 Form via mail. If you have not yet paid your I-901 fee, please do now before proceeding to apply for your student visa.
If you have already paid the fee, you may apply at a U.S. Embassy or Consulate for a student (F or J) visa. You must present the I-20 Form to the consular officer when you attend your visa interview.
There are several steps to apply for a visa. The order of these steps and how you complete them may vary by U.S. Embassy or Consulate. Please consult the instructions on the embassy or consulate website.
Interviews are generally required for visa applicants with certain limited exceptions below. Consular officers may require an interview of any visa applicant.
You should schedule an appointment for your visa interview at the U.S. Embassy or Consulate in the country where you live.
Wait times for interview appointments vary by location, season, and visa category, so you should apply for your visa early. Review the interview wait time for the location where you will apply.
To find a U.S. Embassy or Consulate office near you, visit the USEmbassy.gov site. You were provided (if applicable) with a letter from Eastern’s president to the Consulate in support of obtaining your visa.
Gather and prepare the following required documents before your visa interview:
Additional Documentation May Be Required
A consular officer will interview you to determine your qualifications for a student visa, and may request additional documents, such as evidence of:
A consular officer will interview you to determine whether you are qualified to receive a student visa, or if another category is more appropriate for your purpose of travel. You must establish that you meet the requirements under U.S. law to receive a visa.
Ink-free, digital fingerprint scans are taken as part of the application process. They are usually taken during your interview, but this varies based on location.
After your visa interview, the consular officer may determine that your application requires further administrative processing. The consular officer will inform you if this is required.
After the visa is approved, you may need to pay a visa issuance fee (if applicable to your nationality), and make arrangements for the return of the passport and visa to you.