After receiving a letter of admission, contact the Office of International Students & Scholars/OISS to request an I-20 (F-1 visa) or DS-2019 (J-1 visa). The OISS will issue immigration documents after all items have been received. Following the steps below will help the OISS generate your immigration documents:
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Send documents to: firstname.lastname@example.org
After obtaining an I-20 or DS-2019 form, pay the I-901 SEVIS fee and request a visa interview appointment from the US Embassy or Consulate that serves your country.
To find the nearest U.S. Embassy/Consular Post that has jurisdiction over your visa application, visit American Consulate to find the nearest US Embassy/Consulate.
J-1 STUDENTS ONLY:
A J-1 student must be admitted to a degree or as an exchange student to an accreditted educational institution for a full course of study. Depending on a skill list submitted by the applicants' country or origin and the source of the applicants funding, J-1 students may be made subject to the "two year residency requirement", which may impact their ability to change visa categories and/or status, sponsorship to permanent jobs in the U.S., and/or apply for US residency, etc.
Documents to take to the US Consulate:
You are welcome to download the ISS handout on how to obtain an F-1 visa, click here (PDF format).
Here are some answers to common questions regarding visas:
University of Rhode Island • Office of International Students & Scholars • International Center • 37 Lower College Road; Kingston, Rhode Island, 02881
International Student Orientation
All New F-1 and J-1 International Students
Date: Friday, January 16, 2015
Time: 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon
Place: International Center
**IMPORTANT OPT INFO.**
Reporting responsibilities of F-1 International Students while on (OPT)
FALL 2014 OPT workshop schedule: Available