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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 College and Seattle.

Questions? 

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 College and hope that this experience will be a wonderful one!