EMU welcomes foreign citizens who come to the US to study or participate in exchange programs. Before applying for a visa, all student and exchange visitor applicants must be admitted to the university. Upon acceptance to Eastern Michigan University, each applicant will receive approval documentation and an I-20 or DS-2019. This
document enrolls you in the Student & Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS), a web-based information system used to keep track of student and exchange visitors.
When you receive your I-20 or DS-2010, be sure to verify the accuracy of the information. If you have any questions, contact EMU International Admissions (firstname.lastname@example.org ) immediately. F-1 Student Visa: The visa for people who want to study at an accredited U.S. college or university, or to study English at a university or language institute. J-1 Exchange Visitor Visa: The visa issued to people who will be participating in an educational or cultural exchange program.
You must pay the SEVIS I-901 fee prior to your visa appointment. This website provides automated capabilities for payment of this fee: https://www.fmjfee.com/i901fee/ Before starting the process be sure to have your I-20 or DS-2019 with you and that your printer is ready. You will need to print a copy of the confirmation page and you will not be able to return to the receipt page once you leave
it. If you are a transfer student from another US academic institution, you may be able to transfer your SEVIS record without paying an additional fee. For a tutorial on how to pay your SEVIS I-901 fee, visit http://studyinthestates.dhs.gov/2013/10/i-901-sevis-fee-payment-tutorial
Make an appointment for a visa interview by contacting the nearest US Embassy or Consulate. Learn how to schedule an appointment for an interview, pay the application processing fee, review embassy specific instructions, and find a list of Embassies and Consulates at http://www.usembassy.gov/
Please Note: Canadian students are not required to obtain a VISA.
Each country has different regulations; please visit http://www.usembassy.gov/ to check the requirements in your country. Make sure you bring all required documents. These include, but are not limited to:
The F-1 and J-1 visas are nonimmigrant visas. While applying for either visa you must demonstrate intent to return to your home country after completing your academic program. Some possible ways to prove nonimmigrant intent are:
The Consular Officer may seal your immigration documents in an envelope and attach it to your passport. Do not open this envelope. The Customs and Border Protection Officer will open the envelope at your port of entry.
Please see Transfer Students for complete information on transferring to EMU from a US or overseas university.
The Basics on US Visas
Student & Exchange Visitors, US Department of State
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