F1/F2 Visa Information
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After receiving a letter of admission, to receive an I-20 (F-1 visa) from the University of Rhode Island, applicants must follow the steps listed below:
- Submit the admission letter (undergraduate or graduate) to a degree program of study.
- Submit proof of funding for (12 months) for self and dependents (when applicable). Proof of funding may be submitted as a bank statement, assistantship or fellowship letter, a notarized Certificate of Financial Responsibility (CFR) within 30 days of your admission.
OISS will not issue an I-20 form until all items have been received. For information on estimated cost to URI, click
Once you have an I-20 form from URI, you can make arrangements to obtain a visa from the US Embassy or Consulate that serves your country. If you are bringing dependents, OISS will prepare I-20's/DS-2019's forms for each one of your dependents. F-1 visas will only be issued by a US Consulate to international students that intend to be full-time students.
Please visit: American Consulate to find the nearest US Embassy/Consulate that has jurisdiction over your visa application.
Documents to take to the US Consulate:
- I-20 form issued and signed by the University of Rhode Island.
- Copy of the receipt of payment of the I-901 SEVIS fee.
- Evidence that you have enough money to pay for your tuition, fees and other expenses. Present your Certificate of Financial Responsibility and/or letter from your Academic Department if you have been awarded an Assistantship.
- Evidence that you intend to return to your home country after completion of study. Proof that you have strong ties to your family and country by showing a land deed, proof that your parents own a business, or any other documents.
- Evidence of English proficiency, TOFEL, GRE, or GMAT score.
- Proof of a valid passport (valid for at least 6 months into the future)
- Photographs, please visit USCIS Photo
- F-1 visa stamp on passport
- Visa reciprocity fee (if applicable). Please visit U.S. State Travel for details click here
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:
Where can I apply for the F-1 visa?
In most cases you can apply for your F-1 visa at the US Embassy/Consulate that has jurisdiction over your country. Depending on what country you are from, you might apply for your visa at an Embassy/Consulate that is far from your country. This is called "third country national" (TCN's visa). Call the Embassy/Consulate before you make the appointment for your visa.
When can I apply for the F-1 visa?
You can apply at any time before the start date of your program (see I-20); however, the Consulate will not issue the visa until 90 days prior to the start date on the I-20.
How long after I have received the visa can I enter the US?
You can enter the US only 30 days before the start date of your program listed in you I-20 (item 5 second line).
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