Visa Process


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

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. 

In preparation for you Visa Interview, you can review the following document:  10 Points To Remember