Advice for Obtaining an F-1 Student Visa
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 SheetSEVIS I-901 Fee Instructions: go to https://www.fmjfee.comSEVIS Fee FAQ: go to http://www.ice.gov/sevis/i901/faq.htm
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.