WHAT IS A VISA?
A VISA is the travel document that allows you into the United States of America. You will need your visa to enter, depart and return to the United States. If you are currently in your home country, you will need to obtain an F-1 International Student Visa. Click here for more information.
Before traveling to the United States and in order to get an F1 visa, you must:
Important: Students can apply for F-1 visas at any given time. However, the State Department will ONLY start to issue visas 120 days prior to the first day of the beginning of the academic program. In addition, international students will be able to enter the United States as early as 30 days prior to the beginning of the program.
ATTEND YOUR VISA INTERVIEW
During your visa interview, a consular officer will determine whether you are qualified to receive a visa, and if so, which visa category is appropriate based on your purpose of travel. An ink-free, digital fingerprint scans will be taken as part of your application process. They are usually taken during your interview, but this varies based on location. The following are some general questions and tips that may be asked or helpful during the visa application interview:
Visas are given at the discretion of the issuing officer at the consulate. JSU cannot intervene in the consulate’s decision. If you are not granted a student visa at the first interview, you can apply again. However, before you schedule another visa interview, you need to make sure that you have new information or evidence to address the visa denial reasons In the case of Visa Denial ask the officer for a list of documents he or she would suggest you bring in order to overcome the refusal and ask for the reason you were denied in writing. If you would like to postpone and will not enroll at JSU for the semester you were admitted and wish to defer your admission: