• Use your I-20 to apply for the F-1 Student Visa (International Student in a Degree Program at UWG). 
  • Use your DS-20 to apply for the J-1 Exchange Visitor Visa (International Student exchange at UWG). 

1. Pay SEVIS I-901 Fee

  • As soon as ISAP creates your I-20 or DS-2019, we'll email the SEVIS # printed on your form. Please be aware we cannot email the I-20 or DS-2019 form. We can only ship the original paper version. 
  • Use your SEVIS # to pay the SEVIS fee at the FMJfee website  All F1 and J1 visa applicants must pay a SEVIS fee. 
  • After paying, you can print your payment receipt, called form I-797C. 

2. Complete Visa Application

3. Schedule & Prepare Visa Interview

  • Locate the U.S. embassy or consulate nearest you. Here is a list.
  • Each location has a webpage where you can schedule your visa interview.
  • Wait times vary by location, season, and visa category, so apply as soon as possible.  

Prepare the Following Documents

  • A valid passport
  • Your Nonimmigrant Visa Application, Form DS-160 with receipt for fee payment
  • Your form I-20 or DS-2019
  • Passport Photo
  • Admission Letter to UWG & Proof of Financial Support
  • Recommended but optional: academic transcripts, diplomas, degrees, or certificates; test scores such as the TOEFL, SAT, GRE, or GMAT may also be requested
  • Strongly Recommended: documention of non-immigtant intent / strong ties to home country and evidence of your intention to not immigrate to the U.S. 

4. Attend Your Interview

  • Your brief F-1 visa interview at a consular window will determine whether you are approved for a student visa. The decision is made by the consular officer at the window. 
  • Here is a list of helpful questions you might expect during your interview.
  • If approved, your visa will be attached to the inside of your passport similar to this image. 

US Visa Example