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International Student Services

ready to Obtain Your Student Visa? here's what to do next!

Once you have received your I-20, you should follow the steps below to obtain an F-1 student visa.

1. Pay your SEVIS fee online.

  • Click  “Pay I-901 Fee”.
  • Enter your “SEVIS ID," Last Name”, “First Name”, “Middle Name (if any)”, and “Date of Birth”. 
    Make sure to use the name as it appears on your I-20.
  • When you are finished, click “Submit”.
  • Print out the receipt for your visa interview. 

2. Check your local U.S. embassy/consulate for the required documents for your visa interview and schedule an F-1 visa appointment.

3. Be ready to answer questions at the consulate.

  • The U.S. consulate officers will want to know what your plans are for your education and what your plans are after your education.
  • If necessary, bring diplomas and transcripts. 

4. When you receive your student visa, make flight arrangements no later than the reported date shown on your I-20.

  • Initial attendance students can enter the U.S. no earlier than 30 days prior to the school report date on your I-20. 

5. If you are planning to live in the dormitory or with a host family, submit the housing application form and housing fee to the housing office.

6. When you arrive in the United States, you will need to present your I-20 to the immigration officer.

It is very important that you keep your I-20 and passport in a safe place.

7. Arrive on time to attend Orientation Week!

  • During this orientation week, you will take a placement test, register for classes, and pay your tuition.
  • You will also get to know people from other countries and become familiar with both Edmonds Community College and Seattle.


Contact us at iss_desk@edcc.edu. Please include your full name, student ID number or Date of Birth.

We are really excited for your arrival here at Edmonds Community College and hope that this experience will be a wonderful one!