Entry for New Students
Applying for a U.S. student visa
In order to enter the U.S. you will need an F-1 student visa. Once your application materials are in and you have been accepted, our office will issue you an I-20 form that you will need to take with you to the U.S. embassy or consulate. If you are applying to more than one school, please do not apply for a visa until you have made your decision.
Make sure you contact the U.S. Embassy in your country to find out exactly what you need. Sometimes these additional documents are required: proof of English skills, previous school records, and additional evidence that proves you are still interested in returning to your home country after your education. You will also have to pay an application fee and be interviewed.
Schedule a visa interview, and be prepared to submit the following:
DS-160 Online Nonimmigrant Visa Application Form
Certain US Embassies still require a DS-156 paper application, together with a DS-158 and possibly
DS-157, instead of the online application. Contact your local embassy for their requirements.
In addition to the application, you must also have the following documents to provide at your visa interview:
- A passport valid for at least 6 months beyond your intended period of stay in the US
- Your Form I-20 issued by Westminster College
- Your SEVIS I-901 Fee Receipt
- Receipt for the visa application fee
- School admission letter
- Financial evidence that shows you have sufficient funds to cover your tuition and living expenses during your expected period of study
- Two 2” x 2” photographs in the prescribed format (see www.travel.state.gov for photo requirements)
- Any information that proves that you will return to your home country after finishing your studies in the United States. This may include proof of property, family, or other ties to your community.
In the visa interview
Remain calm and answer all of the Visa Officer’s questions openly and honestly. Review our Ten Points to Remember for tips and suggestions.