Student Visa
Application Guide
Information and Tips for Your Transition
Prior to applying for your student visa, you will need to pay
your Student and Exchange Visitor Information System
(SEVIS) fee. You may pay this fee online or by mail. If paying
online, it is advisable to print your receipt and keep it with
the rest of your documentation.
For instructions on how to pay your SEVIS fee,
Getting Started
on your enrollment at Full Sail Universityty!
In order to ensure that you are prepared for your
embassy interview, please contact your Full Sail liaison
to schedule a preparation session.
On the next page, you will nd some additional tips on
what to expect in your embassy interview.
Schedule a Visa
Preparation Session
We have put together this information in order to assist you throughout the process of coming to the United
States – from obtaining your student visa to what you’ll need to gain entry to the country.
Remember, we are here to help. Feel free to contact us with any questions you may have about your
documents, your interview, or anything else.
Every situation is dierent, but here are some tips for a smooth process when applying for a student visa.
Your Visa Application and Interview
Not all countries are
the same:
Maintain a
positive attitude:
Be brief:
Applicants from countries suering from economic
problems or from countries where many students
have remained in the U.S. as immigrants will have
more diculty getting visas. Statistically, applicants
from those countries are more likely to be intending
immigrants. They are also more likely to be asked
about whether they will have job opportunities upon
returning home after studying in the U.S.
Do not engage the consular ocer in an
argument. If you are denied a student visa,
politely ask the ocer for a list of documents
he or she would suggest you bring in order to
overcome the refusal, and try to get the reason
for your denial in writing.
Because of how many applications are received, all
ocers are under pressure to conduct a quick and
ecient interview. As a result, keep your answers
short and to the point.
Your main purpose in coming to the United States
should be to study, not for the chance to work
here after graduation. You must be able to clearly
articulate your plan to return home at the end of
your program.
Arrive early!
Ties to your home
It’s important for the interviewing ocer to know
that you intend to return home, and that you have
personal, career-related, and nancial interests
in your homeland. Since you are a student, the
interviewing ocer may ask about your intentions
when it comes to your educational goals, your
grades, and what your career plans are when you
return home.
Assume that the interview will be conducted in English.
Only bring the required documents indicated on
the embassy’s website to your interview. Lengthy
written explanations cannot be quickly read or
evaluated. You will have approximately 2–3
minutes of interview time at most.
Know your degree
and how it relates
to your career plans:
Become very familiar with your degree program
and courses, as well as why you chose this major.
You should also be able to explain how studying
in the U.S. relates to your future career when you
return home.
Plan your arrival date carefully:
When planning your travel to the U.S., ensure you arrive no more
than 30 days before the program start date on your I-20 form.
Hand-carry your documents:
Do not check any of the following documents into your baggage:
Complete your entry paperwork:
If you’re arriving by air, your ight attendant will distribute Customs Declaration
Forms (CF-6059) and Arrival Departure Record Forms (I-94). If you’re arriving by
land or sea, the CBP ocer at the port of entry will provide these forms.
As you arrive at the port of entry:
Proceed to the terminal area for arriving passengers. Have your passport,
SEVIS I-20 Form, and CF-6059 form.
You will be asked to state your reason for wishing to enter the U.S. – it is
important that you tell the Customs and Border Protection ocer that you
will be a student. Be prepared to tell them Full Sail’s name and address,
as well as your program name.
Tips for Your U.S. Arrival
Your passport, valid for at least one year beyond the start date
of your degree program
Your F-1 student visa – stamp should be in your passport booklet
SEVIS I-20 Form
It is also advised that you hand-carry all additional documentation,
such as your evidence of nancial resources, SEVIS fee receipt, and
name and contact info for your designated school ocial (including
a 24-hour emergency contact number)
Full Sail University
3300 University Blvd.
Winter Park, FL 32792
800.226.7625 (toll free in the U.S.)
407.679.0100 (outside the U.S.)
The International team at Full Sail is on hand to help you with your
transition to the United States. We’re excited to see you pursue your
dream, and we’ll do all we can to help you get here to make it happen.
If you have any questions, please feel free to call us at 01.407.679.0100
or email your Admissions Representative.
Essential Full Sail Information
Your Checklist
We’re here for you.
Visa preparation session with Full Sail liaison
Pay your SEVIS fee
Apply for your embassy appointment
Arrive early for your appointment, and don’t
forget your documents:
Review and ensure the accuracy of your
personal information
Prepare for arrival in the U.S.
• Original I-20
• Valid passport
• Current nancial documents
• Language prociency document (if applicable)
• SEVIS fee receipt
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