F-1 Visa Checklist


An international student applying for an F-1 visa at the U.S. Embassy or Consulate abroad will need to present the following, please make full use of this checklist before applying your F-1 Visa

  • I-20 Certificate of Eligibility Form provided by ISSO at UCSF
  • Letter of admission provided by Graduate Division or UCSF professional school
  • Financial support documents (Current proof of support that would meet expenses for program duration as indicated on Form I-20 (i.e. bank statements, award letters or loan approval letters)
  • Passport valid for a minimum of six months into the future at the time of entry
  • Form DS-156 “Nonimmigrant Visa Application” available at the Consulate office or the Department of State website evisaforms.state.gov/ds156.asp
  • Form DS-157 “Supplemental Nonimmigrant Visa Application” if the  applicant is male and between the ages of 16 and 45. Available at the Consulate office or PDFby clicking here.
  • Two photos (see requirements here)
  • MRV fee Machine Readable Visa, currently $131 USD
  • Receipt for payment of $200 SEVIS Fee

F-1 Visa reciprocity fee may be required by home country. For more information,  please visit travel.state.gov/visa/reciprocity/index.htm


So these are the Documents you need to carry along with you when you go for F-1 Visa Interview. Is any documents missing? Comment below and I’ll update the list. Note that these documents do not guarantee you F-1 Visa. Along with these documents, Confidence is must.

Contact the U.S. embassy/consulate in your home country where you are planning to apply for the visa for specific information on appointment wait times and additional F-1 visa application requirements and procedures.

more information about F-1 Visa, please refer to usembassy.state.gov

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