F-1 Visa: The F-1 visa is issued to full-time students enrolled in an academic or language program at an American institution. In order to apply for the F-1 visa, you need to have the I-20 form issued by the Office of Center For Global Engagement after you have been admitted to ISU and provided the required financial documents.  

J-1 Visa: The J-1 visa is an exchange visitor visa issued to students at all academic levels.  In order to apply for the J-1 visa, you need to have received the DS-2019 form. The DS-2019 is a two-page form that can be issued by the Office of Center For Global Engagement or the US government agency that is sponsoring you to study at ISU.

All international students should apply for a student visa if they want to study in the USA. A student visa is a permit issued by the US government to non-immigrant students to study in the country.

Indiana State University accepts students in two student visa categories: F-1 and J-1

How do you apply for a student visa?

In most countries, first-time student visa applicants are required to appear for an in-person interview. However, each embassy and consulate sets its own interview policies and procedures regarding student visas. Please be sure to consult your local US embassy or consulate Web site for specific application instructions.

Students need to plan ahead to avoid having to make repeat visits to the embassy. To allow time to overcome any unforeseen problems that might arise, students are encouraged to apply for their visas several weeks before they plan to travel.

Required documents for visa application

All applicants for a student visa must provide the documents suggested below:

Applicants with dependents must also provide:

In addition, all applicants should be prepared to provide:

As you apply for your visa it is important to remember that you must provide the right documents, have the right reasons, and make a positive impression on the consular officer. Here are some interviewing techniques suggested by NAFSA: Association of International Educators:

The Right Attitude

Some tips to demonstrate your intentions to return to your native country: