Applying for a Student Visa


  1. Receive the I-20 / DS-2019 from S&T.
  2. Review the U.S. Department of State (DOS) website for visa application requirements for a F-1 visa OR a J-1 visa
  3. Pay the SEVIS fee.
  4. Consult the DOS website for average visa appointment and issuance wait times.
  5. Complete a DS-160 non-immigrant visa application. 
  6. Pay the visa application fee. (Please note this is different from the SEVIS fee.)
  7. Schedule an appointment to visit your nearest U.S. embassy or consulate for a visa interview.
  8. Gather documents for the interview that include: 
    • Passport (valid for at least six months past your entry date).
    • Your admission letter from Missouri S&T (download and print from your application portal).
    • 2 recent passport-sized photos.
    • Supporting documents showing evidence of strong ties to your home country.
    • Your receipt of payment for the SEVIS fee.
    • Financial documents to prove you have financial support while you are studying in the U.S.
  9. Attend your visa interview. (Take all documents with you.)
  10. Receive notification of your visa approval or denial.
  11. Once the DOS approves your visa, follow the instructions for passport/visa pickup.
  12. Make travel arrangements to Missouri S&T.