Before you begin the visa application process, you must have the following documents:
Form I-20 (Sent to you in the mail from Yale after you have been admitted.)
SEVIS Fee Receipt
Additional I-20 Forms
You must apply for your visa well in advance of your arrival, as it can, in some instances take several weeks, and occasionally longer, to obtain the student visa.
To apply for a U.S. visa, you will need to present the following documents at the U.S. embassy or consulate nearest to you:
In addition, the application for a U.S. visa requires you to present:
An application fee and an interview will also be required.
There have been (and continue to be) changes in the visa application process and these changes are usually reflected on the consular Web sites.
When applying for your student visa, pay careful attention to the following:
In addition, you may enter the U.S. no more than 30 days prior to the starting date noted on the I-20 Form. If you try to enter the U.S. more than 30 days before the start date on your I-20, you may not be permitted to enter the U.S.
If the U.S. Consulate has any questions regarding your studies at Yale, please contact OISS. And if your visa application is delayed or denied for any reason, please email Monica Weeks at (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Erin Gustafson at (email@example.com) immediately. Safe travels and we look forward to meeting you when you arrive in New Haven!