Apply for Visa

Visa application form

How to Apply for a Visa

After you are admitted to Miami University, you will be issued an I-20 (F-1 Students) or DS-2019 (J-1 exchange visitors). Before you can begin your studies at Miami University, you will need to apply for and be issued a visa stamp. To apply for a visa, complete the following steps:

      1. Pay SEVIS Fee
      2. Schedule visa appointment at the U.S. embassy or consulate
        • Note that there will be an online application form and application fee. This fee is separate from the required SEVIS fee.
      3. Gather all required documents
        • I-20 or DS-2019 issued by Miami University
        • Admission letter from Miami University
        • SEVIS Fee payment receipt
        • Proof of financial support for your studies at Miami University
          • Accepted documentation typically includes bank statements, certificate of deposits, evidence of scholarship, graduate assistantship contract, etc.
          • Please note your I-20 or DS-2019 is not proof of funding. This document reflects the evidence of financial documentation that you have provided to Miami University as evidence of how you will support your studies.
        • Evidence that you intend to return to your home country after your studies
      4. Prepare for interview
        • Your interview is likely to be short and direct. The officer will likely ask questions about your background, study plans, and future plans after study.

          Tips for Visa Appointment Interview

    It is important to apply for your visa as far in advance as possible. Wait times varies but can be long and there can be additional processing and delays in visa issuance. A delay in visa issuance could result in a delay in your ability to start your studies at Miami University.