Applying for an F-1 Student Visa

The following categories of students must obtain an F-1 student visa issued by the Department of State at a local U.S. consulate or embassy:

  • International students outside the U.S. who are not citizens of a visa-exempt country
  • International students in the U.S. but not in a legal status that allows them to study, except those from a visa-exempt country

Students must complete the online DS-160 visa application ( and schedule an appointment for a visa interview. The following documentation must be brought to the interview:

  • I-20 Form from Fei Tian College, and any old I-20s
  • Printed confirmation page from the Form DS-160 “Online Nonimmigrant Visa Application”
  • Passport valid for at least six months after the student plans to enter the United States
  • Recent passport-style photograph, two inches by two inches
  • Receipt for the I-901 SEVIS fee payment
  • Receipt for the visa application fee payment
  • Evidence of sufficient funds to cover tuition and living expenses for at least the first year of study
  • Admission letter from Fei Tian College
  • Fei Tian College Catalog
  • Official transcripts and diplomas from previous study

Students from visa-exempt countries need not apply for visas at their local U.S. consulates, and should instead bring the relevant documents to the U.S. port of entry and apply for F-1 nonimmigrant student status upon entering the United States.

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