Visa and Travel information
All non-immigrant visitors are required to
have a valid visa (*except Canadians) in their
passport to be allowed entry into the U.S. visa requirements are
subject to change, contact your local U.S. Consulate for visa
application instructions. Locate a US Embassy near you:
An appointment for a visa
interview at a U.S. embassy or consulate abroad may be
Visas cannot be issued inside the U.S.
Do the following to get an F-1
- Obtain I-20 (F-1) from Lindsey Wilson College
(LWC), make sure everything is correct then sign and date it on the
- Check the current wait
times for visa appointments and issuance in your
- Pay the SEVIS (I-901) Fee if applicable.
- Make a visa appointment and go to an
interview at a U.S. embassy or consulate.
*Canadian citizens are not required to
apply for a visa to enter the U.S. as an F-1 or J-1, but must still
pay the SEVIS Fee present their I-20 or DS-2019 at the U.S.
port of entry. However, if the visitor has "Landed Immigrant"
status in Canada, a U.S. visa is required to enter the U.S.
Read the U.S.
Department of State website for more information about the visa
application process and
Temporary Visitors to the
Since visa appointments are limited
processing times can be lengthy, make the
appointment as early as possible. Consulates will generally accept
appointments up to 120 days prior to the start of studies. There
may be long waiting periods for appointments, especially May
through August. However, consulates may give priority to F-1
student applicants, if requested.
going to the visa interview, bring:
▪ Passport (valid at least six
months into the future)
▪ Certificate of Eligibility
▪ Proof of admission (or proof
enrollment for current students) or Lindsey Wilson College
▪ Evidence of financial
▪ Visa application forms and
▪ Students on OPT or STEM OPT
must also bring an unexpired EAD card and a job offer letter or
employment verification letter.
consulates may require additional documentation, so check the
consulate website for visa application instructions. Visa
application forms and fees can be found on the consulate
THE SEVIS FEE
The Student and Exchange Visitor Information
System (SEVIS) is a U.S. government system that manages data and
application processes for F-1 non-immigrants in the United States.
If you are beginning a new program in the U.S., you are required to
pay a one-time fee before you may obtain an F-1 visa and enter the
United States. The SEVIS fee is in addition to any visa fees you
may be required to pay at a U.S. consulate. F-2 dependent family
members are not required to pay the fee. This fee is not a College
fee and provides no funds or services to the College.
payment information can be found at U.S. Immigration and
and receipt of the fee must be made before a visa can be issued by
a U.S. consulate and entry to the U.S.
▪ Payment of the fee must be
made at least 3 business days prior to making an application for an
F-1 or J-1 visa at a U.S. consulate.
▪ Citizens of Canada and
certain islands exempt from visa requirements must pay the fee at
least 3 business days prior to entering the U.S. at a U.S. port of
▪ The fee cannot be paid at a
U.S. consulate or at a U.S. port of entry. (Note: Some consulates
in China and India may be able to collect the SEVIS fee together
with visa fees. Please contact the U.S. consulate for fee payment
Methods of Payment
- Online payment can be made at U.S Immigration and
Customs Enforcement FMJFEE.com.
Payment can be made by Visa, MasterCard or American Express.
Please note: Individuals who were born in, are legal permanent
residents of, or citizens from the following 5 African countries
cannot use this payment option: Cameroon, Gambia, Ghana, Kenya, and
- Complete the online form (I-901) as
- Enter your name exactly as it
appears on your I-20.
- Enter the SEVIS ID number on your I-20 (found
in the upper left corner above your surname).
- Print the online receipt after completing the
Read the payment instructions
and download Form I-901 (pdf). Be sure to allow
adequate mailing time to send the fee payment and to receive the
payment instructions for Western Union payment at U.S. Immigration and
Customs Enforcement. Select the instructions according
to whether you are making payment inside or outside the U.S. and
whether you are an F or J student at the bottom of the page.
▪ After paying the fee, you can
print your payment confirmation from the FMJFEE.com website.
If paying online, be sure to print the receipt at the end of your
and keep extra copies of your SEVIS fee payment receipt. You should
keep your receipt for your entire period in the U.S.
▪ Present a copy of the receipt
with your visa application at the U.S. consulate and at the U.S.
port of entry. Carry the receipt with you during any future travel
into the U.S.
▪ F-2 and J-2 dependent family
members should present a copy of the receipt when applying for F-2
or J-2 visas and when traveling into the U.S.