Visa Application Guide
Step 1: Make the SEVIS Payment
To Pay Online
- Find the Form I-901
- Complete the form online and supply the necessary payment information from a Visa, MasterCard or American Express credit cards.
- Write your name exactly how it appears on your I-20 or DS-2019.
- Print a copy of the online receipt. This can be used to prove you have paid the fee at the U.S. Embassy.
To Pay by Western Union
- The Western Union Quick Pay™ service is an acceptable payment method for the I-901 Fee and is accessible in over 130 countries. Please note that the payment process for Western Union has changed. Please see the detailed payment instructions for complete information.
To Pay by Mail
- Refer to chapter 5 of this tutorial from the U.S. government on I-901 SEVISFee Payment
NOTE: The US Immigration and Customs Enforcement has proposed an increase of the I-901 fee from $200 to $350 to be effective this Summer 2019. UCO strongly encourage you to make your payment as soon as possible prior to the increase.
Step 2: Visit the U.S. Embassy or Consulate in your Country
- Visit the US Embassy website to find out the information on visa application requirements and procedures.
- Begin collecting documentsnecessary for visa application.
Step 3: Prepare Online Nonimmigrant Visa Electronic Application (DS-160)
The Form DS-160 is issued by the U.S. Department of State and is used by the US Embassy or Consulate during your visa interview. You may access the DS-160 instructions and application online.
Step 4: Make an Appointment for an Interview
In your first contact with the U.S. Embassy or Consulate, find out how to make an appointment for the interview as soon as possible. Find out the appointment and visa wait time.
Step 5: Collect all supporting documents for visa interview
- SEVIS I-20 or DS-2019 Form— Provided by UCO after admission
- Admission Letter and/or Scholarship Certificate — Provided by UCO to you at the time of admission.
- Valid Bank Statement — Provided by you or your financial sponsor showing sufficient funds to cover all expenses in the U.S.
- Educational Background — Includes the highest degree transcripts or certificates to demonstrate your educational background.
- Test Scores — Includes TOEFL, IELTS or any other English tests you have taken for your admissions to UCO.
- Permanent Residence — Be able to show that you have a residence in your country and will maintain ties to your country via family, job or property and will return home at the end of your study.
Note: Do check the Embassy website where you will be attending your interview to check for any additional documentation required.
Step 6 Prepare for you visa interview
10 points to remember when preparing for your visa interview.
- Explain ties to your home country
- Prepare to answer all questions in English
- Speak for yourself
- Know your program of study
- Be brief when answering questions
- Provide all supporting documents
- Understand not all applicants are equal
- Prepare to answer questions on employment
- Prepare to answer questions on children at home
- Maintain a positive attitude
Get more information on tips for a successful visa interview.