Most non-U.S. citizens who wish to study in the United States seek an F-1 (non-immigrant) student visa. A new F-1 or J-1 visa can only be obtained at a U.S. embassy or consulate outside the United States. It is not possible to renew a visa by mail or in person within the United States.
Each U.S. embassy has different visa application procedures, and most now require appointments for visa processing. You should contact the U.S. embassy or consulate where you plan to apply for your visa for additional information or to set up an appointment if required. Please plan ahead as there is a wait time at most embassies.
When you apply for an F-1 or J-1 visa, you must "prove" to the consular officer that you do not intend to immigrate to the United States. It is important to bring supporting documents that provide evidence of your intent to return to your home country such as: proof of family ties, ownership of property in your home country, a job in your home country, etc.
In addition to the visa application fee, first-time F-1 and J-1 applicants (and some renewing applicants) are also required to pay the SEVIS I-901 fee.
Call the Bureau of Consular Affairs at (202) 485-7600, Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Eastern Time.
In case of a visa denial, please see the State Department's information about visa denials.
What to Bring to the Visa Appointment
- Required photo(s)
- Visa fee or proof of payment
- Federal SEVIS fee payment receipt
- U.S. non-immigrant visa application forms (unless you will complete at the consulate or embassy)
- Salve Regina admission letter
- Salve Regina SEVIS I-20
- Test scores and academic records
- Proof of English proficiency
- Proof of financial support
- Evidence of ties to your home country
- Any other documents required by the embassy or consulate
Remember that if you plan to attend Salve Regina, you must present the visa officer with an I-20 issued by Salve Regina. You cannot apply for a U.S. visa using anther school's I-20 and then try to attend Salve Regina, as that is considered fraudulent entry by U.S. immigration authorities.