Documentation, Visa Application and More

Applying For Your F-1 Student Visa

Check with your Kaplan student services staff to see if they will be assisting you with this process.

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Documents Required for Visa Applications

FOR SPECIFIC INFORMATION ABOUT APPLYING FOR THE F-1 VISA, PLEASE VISIT THE EMBASSY OR CONSULATE’S WEBSITE WHERE YOU WILL APPLY AS PROCEDURES AND REQUIREMENTS OFTEN DIFFER BETWEEN CITIES. You will be required to submit at least the documents listed below and possibly more to complete the application for an F-1 student visa.

The Importance of Proving “Non-Immigrant Intent”

F visa applicants must be able to prove non-immigrant intent to the U.S. consular officer. This means that you need to be able to convince the consular officer that you will be returning to your home country at the end of your academic program and that you have no plans to remain in the United States. You can do this by showing evidence of strong family and economic ties to your home country. This is even more important if you are applying for a visa after you have graduated, and are working in the U.S. on post-graduation optional or academic practical training.

Travel Documents

Please be sure to carry the following documents with you on the plane and not in your suitcase:

Arrival in the United States

Documents you need to carry with you:

Forms you will complete on the plane prior to arrival:
The flight attendants will pass out Customs Declaration Forms (CF-6059) and Form I-94 (Arrival-Departure Record) before you land at your initial point-of-entry in the U.S. The Form I-94 should show the address where you will reside: Office of International Education, Living/Learning B-162, 633 Main Street, Burlington, VT 05405. Complete these forms while you are on the aircraft and give them to the Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Officer upon your arrival. If you do not understand a form, ask the flight attendant for assistance.

After arrival, you will go to the terminal area for arriving passengers for inspection. As you approach the inspection station and CBP officer, make sure you have:

Like all entering visitors, you will be asked to state the reason you wish to enter the United States. You will also be asked to provide information about your final destination. It is important that you tell the CBP Officer that you will be a student or exchange visitor. Be prepared to include the name and address of the school or exchange visitor program where you will enroll/participate (found on your I-20 form too!) Once your inspection is complete, the officer will:

Important Notes:

Make sure that you put your documents back in your bag prior to leaving the terminal area so that you do not lose them or have them stolen. Also, if the CBP officer did not staple the I-94 card into your passport, please ask your international student advisor to do this for you. It is very important that you do not lose this card.