Immediately begin to prepare for lawful entry into the U.S. by Friday, August 18. Be sure to become familiar with the Visa Interview Tips and the Port of Entry Procedures. You have secured your admission to The College of Wooster, confirmed your ability to finance a Wooster education, and received your Form I-20, but you still have several very important next steps to follow:
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) requires that international students pay a $200 fee to support and administer the Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS). Individuals can pay the fee by credit or debit card via the internet or by check or money order mailed to SEVP. Payment is recorded in the SEVIS system, and you must present your I-901 Fee Receipt at your visa interview. Canadian students, and others who are exempt from the visa requirement, must also pay the SEVIS FEE and must show the I-901 Receipt at the Port of Entry (POE).
If you are a citizen of a foreign country, you will need a student visa to enter the U.S. Most foreign citizens must apply for the F-1 Student Visa at a U.S. embassy in their home countries. Language assistants and some exchange students will apply for a J-1 visa. Visa processing can take several months. You can be issued an F-1 visa as early as 120 days prior to your program start date. Visit your nearest U.S. embassy as soon as possible to request an application packet. Complete the application and prepare the required documentation (Form I-20 or DS 2019, Wooster admission and financial aid letters, financial support documents, plane tickets, etc.). Schedule your visa interview appointment as soon as possible. Assuming you have the appropriate documentation to present, the visa interview is the most critical element in successfully securing your visa. Your local ‘Education USA’ advisor (usually housed within the U.S. embassy) can provide valuable advice on specific student visa requirements for your country, as well as local opportunities for pre-departure programs and information.
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