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Office of International Admissions
Bell Building 2nd Floor
3100 Cleburne St.
TSU BOX 1855
Houston TX 77004

Phone: 713-313-4229
Fax: 713-313-4380

Monday-Friday 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

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VISA Process & Entry in the US

Once you have the admission letter and I-20, you may proceed with scheduling the visa appointment.

You should not schedule your visa appointment until after you receive the I-20. You will need to cancel or reschedule your appointment if you do not receive the I-20 for your appointment date. Be sure to have all required documents in order before attending the visa appointment. For any questions directly related to the student visa application, please contact the United States Embassy or Consulate near you.

Canadian students: are not required to obtain a visa but need to receive a stamp on the passport to verify F-1 status at the United States Port of Entry. Contact your local United States Embassy or Consulate for details.

Processing a F-1 Student Visa

The United States embassies or consulates will not issue a visa more than 120 days before the start of your program (see Program Start Date on I-20). Consulates will allow you to apply prior to this, but may not issue your visa until the 120 day time frame occurs. You should make an appointment to obtain the visa as soon as you are eligible.
There are two fees involved with obtaining a visa. One is the application fee for the F-1 visa and the other is the I-901 SEVIS Fee. Please keep in mind these are separate fees and you will need to pay both to apply for the visa. You will need a valid passport, admission letter, proof of funds, I-20 and the receipt for the I-901 (SEVIS Fee).