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How to Apply for a Visa

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How to apply for a visa

If you wish to study in the U.S. you must have a valid student visa. The U.S. Embassy issues student visas for full time study on the understanding that you have sufficient funds for study and living expenses for the duration of your stay in the U.S. There are regulations that must be met before a student visa can be issued and these vary from country to country. Information about how to apply for your student visa can be obtained from your Education Recruiter or the nearest U.S. Embassy in your country.

Visa applications are made at U. S. consulates or consular sections of U.S. embassies closest to an individual's place of residence. To apply for a visa you must have:

  • a passport (valid for at least six months)
  • your original letter of offer from UMass Lowell
  • a valid SEVIS I-20 issued by UMass Lowell
  • Required photographs (please follow the embassy or consulates guidelines for these photos)
  • Copies of TOEFL, IELTS, Pearson Versant English Placement Test or GMAT or GRE results (if any)
  • copies of all academic transcripts and certificates
  • a copy of the SEVIS Fee payment receipt
  • original copies of all financial documents (bank statements, loan, scholarship, or affidavit of support) showing enough funding for one academic year
  • proof of ties to your home country (such as a job, ownership of a property, or family business)

You should be prepared to demonstrate that you have close ties to your home country and, as you are applying for a non-immigrant visa, that you have full intention of returning home after you complete your studies.