If you plan to enroll as an international student at St. John's, you need to apply for your official Student Visa. To learn how, please read all the information below:
SEVIS stands for Student and Exchange Visitor Information System. The Department of Homeland Security known as Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) administers SEVIS. Its purpose is to monitor students and scholars in the U.S.
Preparing for an F-1 Visa interview is vital if you plan to enter the United States for the first time to study. To learn about bringing dependents to the U.S., returning to continue your studies, renewing your visa or applying for your Student Visa, please visit the U.S. Department of State online.
Contact your local U.S. Consulate or Embassy to ask about getting your F-1 International Student Visa. For a list of U.S. Consulates and Embassies near you, please visit usembassy.state.gov/.
When you receive your I-20 Form from St. John's, follow the U.S. Embassy/Consulate instructions for scheduling your F-1 Student Visa Interview.
Apply for your Student Visa as far in advance as possible. Though many consulates suggest making your appointment no more than 90 days from your intended travel date, some consulates can make earlier arrangements for your interview.
You will need to complete the following forms:
To pay the Visa Application fee, follow the instructions on your local U.S. Embassy or Consulate's Web site. If your I-20 was issued on or after September 1, 2004, and is marked for “initial” attendance (see #3 on your I-20 Form), you also need to pay the $350 SEVIS fee.
To Pay Your Fee By Mail
Please follow these steps:
To Pay Your Fee Online
Follow these steps:
Bring your receipt for fee payment to your interview. If you lose the receipt, the Visa Officer may be able to view your payment history on his database.
If you are transferring from another school, extending your program, applying for an F-2 dependent Visa, or have paid this fee and been denied a Visa within the last 12 months, you do not need to pay the $350 SEVIS fee.
Remember to bring the following items with you to your Visa Interview:
Note: Many foreign banks can issue checks or money orders drawn on a U.S. bank. Therefore, you may obtain a check from 1) a bank chartered or operated in the United States; 2) a foreign subsidiary of a U.S. bank; or 3) a foreign bank that has an arrangement with a U.S. bank to issue a check, money order or foreign draft that is drawn on a U.S. bank.
During your interview, remember to remain calm and answer all the Visa Officer’s questions openly and honestly. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact:
International Student & Scholar Services Office