F-1 Visa Process

How to Apply for an F-1 Student Visa

Klamath Community College will process your application and mail you an Admission Packet to the address you provided. This packet will include a KCC Acceptance Letter and a Form I-20 for you and each of your dependents. Once you receive this packet, you can apply for an F-1 Visa by following these steps.

Step One – Complete and Print the Online Visa Application (Online DS-160 form)

Step Two - Watch SEVIS Fee Payment Video and pay the fee (I-901 SEVIS Fee

Step Three – Schedule Your Visa Interview and Pay any Fees (US Embassy or Consulate)

Step Four – Gather Required Documents

  • Passport: *Must be valid for at least six months beyond your period of stay in the United States
  • DS-160 Confirmation Page
  • I-901 SEVIS Fee Payment Receipt
  • Photo: *If the DS-160 photo upload failed, (Photo Requirements)
  • Form I-20: Bring all three pages; the student and each dependent should bring their own
  • Other: Bank statement, transcripts, and any additional fee receipts 

Step Four: Complete the Interview

Interview Notes:

The US Virtual Embassy in Iran points out, “Although you should remember to bring all potentially useful documents, it is also important to remember that the visa interview is a conversation, not a document review session. The burden of proof is on you personally to show that you intend to return to your country of residence after your studies. The best thing that you can do is to clearly articulate —

  • Why you want to go to the specific school
  • What you plan to study
  • How you plan to use your education when you return.

Be ready to cover this information in no more than 3 to 5 sentences, and practice saying those sentences with family and friends until you become comfortable with the English. Here are some of the types of questions that you might be asked:

  • Why have you chosen this university?
  • Who will sponsor your education?
  • Do you intend to work in the U.S.?
  • What are your plans after finishing the degree?
  • What was your TOEFL score?

Also important, as for any first conversation, is to dress nicely and smile.

In regard to documents, it is better to have too many documents than to have too few. Just keep them in order so you can find whatever you may need!"

These videos hosted by U.S. Embassy websites can help better prepare you as well!

Alphabetical by City

Amman, Jordan (3:52). A step-by-step tutorial on how to navigate the online system for applying for a U.S. visa in Jordan.

Ankara, Turkey (2:35). Attending an Immigrant Visa interview at the U.S. Embassy? This video highlights the steps and procedure.

Dubai, UAE (4:04). This video explains what you should anticipate on the day of your interview for a Non-Immigrant Visa Interview at the U.S. Consulate General in Dubai, U.A.E.

Frankfurt, Germany (6:27). How to apply for a United States student visa in Germany.

Hyderabad, India (5:06). Prepare for your student visa interview. Our officers are here to answer some of your most asked questions about the F-1 Visa.

Kabul, Afghanistan (4:56). Want to know what it is like to apply for a visa at the U.S. Embassy in Kabul? Check out this video to find out more!

Kobe, Japan (3:16). This video will guide you through the interview procedures at the U.S. Consulate General Osaka-Kobe, Japan, from your arrival at the Consulate to your interview.

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (7:01). A step-by-step video guide on how to apply for a nonimmigrant visa (business, travel, study, etc.) online and the interview process at the U.S. Embassy in Kuala Lumpur.

New Delhi, India (4:29). Learn about the U.S. Embassy's Student Visit Day and the visa interview process in India in this video.

London, U.K. (3:09). What to expect when you attend the Embassy for a non-immigrant visa interview.

Seoul, South Korea (2:09). Nonimmigrant Visa Interview Skill – this video gives an example of how to give more in-depth interview answers.