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.
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.
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.
- 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.