Once you have been accepted into King University, the Office of Admissions will complete and forward an I-20. You will need the I-20 to obtain your Visa to enter the United States.
SEVIS I-901 Fee
You must also pay the SEVIS I-901 fee and maintain proof that you have done so. All International Students must pay the SEVIS I-901 fee prior to applying for a student visa, applying for student status at a POE or applying for a change of status within the United States. For detailed information on payment of the SEVIS I-901 fee, please see www.fmjfee.com. Students can obtain proof of the SEVIS I-901 fee payment several ways:
- The receipt that can be printed after paying online at www.fmjfee.com with a credit card
- The receipt issued by Western Union when using the Western Union quickpay option to remit payment
- The Form I-797 receipt
- Through fmjfee.com (allow three business days for the interface with the DOS database to record the payment)
In most instances, Students are required to pay the SEVIS I-901 fee only once.
Obtaining Your Visa
International Students outside of the United States, who are not visa exempt, must apply to their local U.S. consulate or embassy for an F-1 or M-1 visa.
Each U.S. embassy and consulate has a Web site linked to www.usembassy.gov. This Web site will have information on how to apply for a student visa and how to make an interview appointment.
Students must bring several items to the interview:
- A signed Form I-20 issued by the school the student plans to attend
- A completed application Form DS-156, together with a Form DS-158. Both forms must be completed and signed. Some applicants will also be required to complete and sign Form DS-157. Children need a separate form, even if they are included in a parent’s passport.
- A passport valid for at least six months after the proposed date of entry into the United States
- One (1) 2″x2″ photograph
- A fee receipt to show payment of the visa application fee, a visa issuance fee if applicable (please consult the Visa Reciprocity Table located at travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/us-visas/Visa-Reciprocity-and-Civil-Documents-by-Country.html) and a separate SEVIS I-901 fee receipt.
Because each Student’s personal and academic situation differs, consular officials may ask applicants for different documentation even though they may be applying for the same type of visa. For that reason, the guidelines that follow are general and may differ based on the applicant.
All Visa applicants should be prepared to provide:
- Transcripts and diplomas from previous institutions attended;
- Scores from standardized tests required by the educational institution such as the TOEFL, SAT, GRE, GMAT, etc.; and
- Financial evidence showing that the prospective student or sponsor has sufficient funds to cover tuition and living expenses during the period of intended study. For example:
- If the student or sponsor is a salaried employee, the applicant should bring income tax documents and original bank records and/or statements.
- If the student or sponsor owns a business, the applicant should bring business registration, licenses, etc., and tax documents, as well as original bank records and/or statements.