Visa Information

Applying for an international student visa can be intimidating. You probably have all kinds of questions, like what is a SEVIS fee? When should you apply for a visa? How should you talk to the U.S. consulate representatives?

Broward College has put together the following references about the steps involved in applying for a student visa.

Apply to Broward College

Students must first be approved for admission to Broward College and be issued the form I-20 Certificate of Eligibility for Nonimmigrant (F1 or M1) Student Status before applying for the student visa at the American Consulate in the country of citizenship.


Prepare Yourself

Preparation is the key to success as an international student. In order to prepare for the transition, we recommend that you:

What is the SEVIS FEE?


Know the Rules

The consular officer who makes the decision on your visa application is required to think of you as someone who plans to come to the U.S. permanently; it is up to you to prove that you intend to return to your county after completing your studies. U.S. law clearly states that F visas may be given only to persons who intend to remain in the U.S. temporarily.

The other important rules are:

Collect Documents

U.S. government officials are much more easily convinced by documents than by spoken statements. When possible, have papers to show your connections to your home country. In the U.S. it is considered important to be impersonal when administering laws. Do not try to negotiate or discuss personal matters.

Examples of documentation you should collect include:

Do not speak of working in the U.S. Employment is not guaranteed and cannot be used as part of your financial support for visa purposes.

Please read your I-20. Especially note your start and end dates and the rules and regulations on page 2. Once you obtain your student visa, you cannot enter the country any earlier than 30 days before the start date on your I-20.

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