Visa Application Process
F-1 OR J-1 IMMIGRATION STATUS
Once you are admitted to California State University, Fullerton (CSUF), the International Students & Scholars Office issues a certificate of eligibility called I-20 for F-1 students and DS-2019 for J-1 students.
This certificate of eligibility must be used to apply for a student visa at a U.S. Consulate or Embassy in your country. After your student visa is issued, you can make plans to come to the U.S.
(Note for Canadian citizens: a student visa is not required but you must obtain F-1 or J-1 status when you enter the U.S.)
APPLYING FOR AN F-1 OR J-1 STUDENT VISA
The International Students & Scholars Office recommends you apply for your F-1 or J-1 visa once you obtain your I-20 or DS-2019 at a U.S. consular office in your home country. Apply early! Some visa applications may require further administrative processing. This can add several weeks to the process. Review your I-20 or DS-2019 and contact ISS office if any correction is necessary.
The International Students & Scholars Office is unable to intervene on your behalf to speed up this process. The U.S. consular officer will determine whether you qualify for the student visa. No assurances regarding the issuance of visas can be given in advance. For U.S. Consular offices, visit www.usembassy.gov
VISA APPLICATION DOCUMENTS
You will need to bring the following documents with you to your visa appointment with the U.S. Embassy or Consulate in your home country:
- I-20 (for F-1 Visa) or DS-2019 (for J-1 Visa)
- Nonimmigrant visa application form DS-160
- A passport valid for travel to the U.S. and with a validity date at least six months beyond the applicant's intended period of stay in the U.S.
- One (1) 2" x 2" photograph
- I-901 SEVIS fee receipt www.fmjfee.com
- Admissions Letter from CSUF
- Financial documents (bank statement)
- Documents to demonstrate a connection to your home country
The following are the required documents for visa application:
Revised — June 2016