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Immigration and visas

Your step-by-step guide to obtaining a US student visa

The INTO USF Immigration Team and USF International Student Services look forward to guiding you through this process and helping you maintain your F-1 visa status during your stay in the United States.

Applying for an F-1 student visa

Step 1: Receive your I-20 from University of South Florida.

All applicants to INTO USF must also submit a bank statement and/or Affidavit of Support along with their application. The bank statement and/or Affidavit of Support enables USF to generate an I-20, which the U.S. government requires in order to grant you an F-1 student visa.

Download your Affidavit of Support and all application forms »

Step 2: Pay the $200.00 SEVIS I-901 fee online

The SEVIS I-901 fee activates your I-20 in the SEVIS database. It must be paid prior to your visa interview. You will need to print your receipt and take it with you to the U.S. Embassy/Consulate.

You will need your SEVIS ID number from your I-20 form in order to complete the SEVIS Form I-901. You can find this number above the bar code on the top right-hand side of your I-20. Our SEVIS, INTO USF School code is: MIA214F00043000.

Pay your SEVIS I-901 fee »

Step 3: Make a visa appointment with your local U.S. Embassy/ Consulate

It may take a few weeks or more to get an appointment at your local U.S. Embassy or Consulate so make an appointment as soon as you have completed Steps 1 & 2. You should wait and make your travel arrangements after you have obtained your visa.

Make an appointment: find a U.S. Embassy/Consulate nearest you »
Check approximate visa appointment wait and processing times »

Step 4: Be prepared with the following documents for your visa interview

All applicants should be prepared to provide:

Frequently asked questions on the F-1 student visa process »

If you have any questions regarding this process please contact an INTO Immigration Specialist via e-mail at intoimmigration@usf.edu.