Steps to Get Your F-1 Student Visa


  1. Mail or email your application, documents, and application fee to ACE. More info here.

  2. ACE will email your I-20 to you within five business days (usually within two days).

  3. Pay the SEVIS 1-901 Fee online ($350) to the U.S. government. Print your receipt.
    More info is here: and - SEVIS I-901 Fee

  4. Complete the DS-160 Online Nonimmigrant Visa Application. Pay the $185 visa application fee to the U.S. government. Make the appointment for your F-1 visa interview. Please view these links for instructions.

    DHS - Steps on Getting a Student Visa - Student Visas

    U.S. Embassies - Find Your Country's U.S. Embassy

  5. Prepare for and complete your interview.

    10 Tips for the F-1 Visa Interview & Helpful Videos

  6. Obtain your visa. Make sure the information on your visa is correct. If your visa is approved, purchase your airline ticket. 
    NOTE: Immigration Regulations permit you to arrive in the U.S. not more than thirty days before the program start date (as listed on the I-20). 

  7. Confirm your housing plans.
    Make hotel and airport arrival/shuttle arrangements, if necessary.
    Grossmont College International Students - Housing Info (Homestay, Apartments)
    Grossmont College International Students - Hotel InfoGrossmont College International Students - Airport Shuttle Info

  8. Pack. Keep your passport, I-20, 1-901 receipt, ACE admission letter, and bank statement in your carry-on luggage.

  9. When you arrive in the U.S., email ACE to let us know you are here.
    See you at orientation!

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