International students in the U.S. are generally admitted under the F-1 student visa classification. Some international students may also be admitted as J-1 students.
Those who petition for F-1 or J-1 visas are admitted as non-immigrants, and are granted temporary stay in the U.S. In order to apply for the F-1 visa, the prospective student must receive a SEVIS I-20.
Receive an admission letter and I-20 (for F-1 students) or DS-2019 (for J-1 students) from the University.
Make sure that all of the information listed on your I-20 or DS-2019 (including major and funding) is accurate before you proceed to Step 2. If any information is incorrect, please email email@example.com.
The I-901 or FMJ Fee is required for all students and scholars (F-1 and J-1).
This fee, paid to the Department of Homeland Security, will be necessary to secure your visa appointment.
Complete the online visa application (FORM DS-160), and upload a photo that meets the requirements.
Make sure to allow enough time to apply for visa. We recommend applying as soon as you pay your I-901 fee to ensure that you have enough time to obtain your visa and enroll for your semester of admission. Visa applications can take up to 3 months. You can search for visa wait times at:
- A valid passport (must be valid within 6 months of entry date to U.S.)
- A valid I-20 (for F-1 students) or DS-2019 (for J-1 students), issued for study at Nicholls State University.
- Application fee payment receipt
- Copy of Admission letter from Nicholls State University.
- Photo (only if photo cannot be uploaded electronically)
- Financial information showing proof of necessary funds to cover ALL expenses while in the U.S.
- Since you are applying for a non-immigrant visa, be prepared to explain your intent to depart the U.S. upon your completion of course of study.