F1 Visa Application Process

Step-by-Step Guide

1. Find the US Consulate or Embassy near you

Look for the nearest US Consulate or Embassy because you’ll need to go there for your visa interview. Visit the US Department of State’s website to find the one closest to you.

2. Check Appointment Wait Times

The time you must wait for a visa appointment can differ at each Consulate or Embassy. Check the wait times on the US Department of State’s website to ensure you don’t have to rush.

3. Fill Out Form DS-160

DS-160 is a form you must complete to apply for your Visa. Please fill it out on the Consular Electronic Application Center website. Make sure all the information is correct. After you finish, print and save the confirmation page and barcode.

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4. Pay the Visa Application Fee

The F1 Visa application costs $160. You can pay this fee online or at a particular bank, depending on your country. Keep the payment receipt safe because you’ll need it for your visa interview.

5. Schedule Your Visa Interview

You can schedule your visa interview through the US Department of State’s website. You’ll create an account, enter your DS-160 confirmation number, and choose an available appointment slot.

6. Pay the SEVIS Fee

The SEVIS fee is a one-time payment, currently $350 for F1 Visa students. Pay this fee online using the SEVIS I-901 form, and print the confirmation receipt for your visa interview.

7. Pay the Reciprocity Fee if applicable

The Reciprocity Fee is an extra payment for students from a few countries, like Greece, Seychelles, Namibia, and Benin. If you’re from one of these countries, you may have to pay this fee after getting your F1 Visa. Check if this step is for you on the US Department of State’s website.


By following these steps and staying organized, you’ll be on your way to studying in the United States in no time! It’s important to plan and make sure everything is ready. Good luck with your F1 Visa, and remember – you can do it!

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