The consular interview is a critical step in the process of receiving an F-1 student
visa. Below are some suggestions that can guide you during the interview process:
The Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS) is a web-based system
that can track and monitor schools and programs, students, exchange visitors and
their dependents throughout the duration of approved participation within the U.S.
education system. Find out more about SEVIS Fee.
Effective September 1, 2004, prospective F-1 students and J-1 students or scholars
who are issued Form I-20 or DS-2019 for the first time on or after that date are
required to pay the SEVIS I-901 fee prior to applying for an F-1 or J-1 visa or
changing to F-1 or J-1 status. The fee is a one time fee per program collected by
U.S. Department of Homeland Security for the operation and maintenance of SEVIS
(Student and Exchange Visitor Information System).
SEVIS I-901 Information Sheet
SEVIS I-901 Fee Instructions: go to
SEVIS Fee FAQ: go to
Effective November 13, 2001, certain visa applicants became subject to an additional
name check clearance procedure before being issued a nonimmigrant visa. The procedure
requires consular officers to send the visa applicant's name to be checked against
information in various security, law enforcement, and intelligence databases.
Visa applicants affected include (but may not be limited to) males between the ages
of 16 and 45 from one of the following countries: Afghanistan, Algeria, Bahrain,
Bangladesh, Djibouti, Egypt, Eritrea, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon,
Libya, Malaysia, Morocco, Oman, Pakistan, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Somalia, Sudan, Syria,
Tunisia, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, and Yemen and students in certain areas of
study. Reports indicate that the procedure can take at least 20 business days. Please
factor this extra time into your planned visa processing time if you believe you
may belong to an affected group.
New international students who are already in the U.S. and are currently holding
an F-1/ J-1 visa are classified as transfer students when they are accepted to Randolph-Macon
College. To be eligible for transfer, a student must maintain status at all times
and follow the transfer procedures as prescribed by USCIS and Department of State.
They are required to follow the following procedures in order to study at Randolph-Macon
College as F-1 visa students.