Students and exchange visitors should plan early for your visa and complete the following steps. Once you have secured your visa, prepare your travel to arrive prior to your program start date listed on your I-20 or DS-2019.

Non-U.S. citizens seeking to enter the United States for study or exchange must generally first obtain an accurate U.S. visa issued by the U.S. Department of State – Bureau of Consular Affairs to enter the United States. Individual applicants should refer to your local U.S. Embassy / Consulate for instructions and plan early to avoid study or exchange interruptions resulting from delays.

Visa Types

F-1 Student Visa

This visa type is required for international students to study in the United States. Issued by the U.S. Department of State - Bureau of Consular Affairs, individual applicants must be admitted to Adelphi University and have received their Form I-20, “Certificate of Eligibility” in order to apply.

J-1 Exchange Visitor Visa

This visa type is required for individuals participating in the United States as an exchange or non degree student, professor, research scholar, and short-term scholar. Individual applicants must be invited to Adelphi University and have received their DS-2019 Form, “Certificate of Eligibility” in order to apply.

Visa Application Steps

The SEVIS I-901 fee must be paid prior to your initial visa interview using the SEVIS number listed on your currently issued I-20 or DS-2019.

If you are renewing your visa, you do not need to repay this fee but will need confirmation this fee has been paid.


The first step to applying or renewing your F-1 or J-1 visa is to complete the online application.

The waiting time will vary depending on your country, so make sure you schedule your appointment early.

Gather all required documentation you will need for your visa interview which includes:

  • (F-1) Form I-20 or (J-1) DS-2019 Form
  • Valid Passport
  • Nonimmigrant Visa Application & Fees
  • I-901 SEVIS Payment Confirmation
  • Proof of financial resources to live and study in the United States

Continuing students renewing their visa should prepare the following:

  • University Transcript
  • Request Travel Endorsement from a designated school official or responsible officer
  • Copy of current or next semester schedule

Knowing what to expect during your interview and preparing in advance are the best chances for being successful.

Interview Tips

  • Anticipate the Interview will be conducted in English and will be quick.
  • Practice potential questions you may be asked in advance.
  • Be prepared to show how you will pay all educational, living and travel costs.
  • Explain why you chose Adelphi University, your field of study, and plans once you complete your program. 
  • Have your academic transcripts and official test scores for the student visa or your professional background and experience for the exchange visitor visa available to provide the consular officer. 

Applying for Your Visa

Plan early and apply for your visa with the U.S. Department of State – Bureau of Consular Affairs.
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