Visa Information

Once you have been admitted to Kansas State University, you will receive a letter from us. This letter will contain your official acceptance letter, a welcome letter from our office with many helpful tips on preparing for arrival, and your Form I-20 or Form DS-2019.

  • Students seeking F-1 visas will receive a Form I-20
  • Students seeking J-1 visas will receive a Form DS-2019

Prepare for your visa interview:

  • Review your I-20/ DS-2019, confirm the information is correct, sign and date it.  If you do notice any mistakes, please notify our office so we can correct it promptly. 
  • Apply for your non-immigrant visa (form DS-160), and pay the visa application processing fee. Note: you will need to print the DS-160 confirmation page with barcode for your interview.
  • Pay your SEVIS I-901 fee. This fee must be paid at least three days before your visa appointment. You will need the receipt for your interview.  
SEVIS Payment Option Update
SEVP Launches Mobile-Friendly FMJfee.com Website All F and M nonimmigrant students and J-1 exchange visitors must pay the I-901 SEVIS fee on FMJfee.com prior to applying for a visa to study in the United States. To make the process easier, FMJfee.com is now accessible on mobile devices. Users can now login to the site on any mobile device to:
  • Find recent news and updates related to the I-901 SEVIS fee;
  • Check an I-901 SEVIS fee payment status;
  • View and save a I-901 payment confirmation so you can print it later;
  • Read answers to frequently asked questions; and
  • Visit Study in the States and associated social media platforms.
Those who have paid the fee must print a copy of the I-901 SEVIS fee payment confirmation to take with them when applying for a visa to enter the United States. Showing a copy of it from a mobile device will not be accepted. Stay tuned for additional updates and enhancements to the mobile site, including mobile I-901 SEVIS fee payment capabilities.
  • Schedule a visa appointment at your local U.S. Embassy or Consulate. Find your Embassy.

During your visa interview:

Take all the documents that you might need to your interview.

  • Your passport
  • The I-20 / DS-2019 and letter of admission from Kansas State University
  • DS-160 Form with barcode
  • Receipt of Sevis (I-901) fee payment
  • Evidence of academic preparation (school leaving exam scores, test scores, transcripts)
  • Bank statements showing that you have enough money to pay your expenses
  • Other documents that can show that you are NOT planning to immigrate to the U.S. F-1 and J-1 visas are non-immigrant visas, so it is important to show that you have connections in your home country and that you intend to return. Bring any evidence that shows that you plan to return to your country. This kind of evidence could include:
    • family photos
    • contracts
    • degree certificates
    • documents showing ownership of property
    • photos of your home
    • letters of reference (from an employer, for example)

Be prepared to present your information quickly. In a busy embassy, the visa officer may have only a few minutes for each interview. Present your most important documents first and have the other things ready to show if you are given enough time.

After your visa interview:

Check the status of your student visa on the U.S. Department of State website using the new Visa Check Tool.