Apply for an F-1 Visa

Applying for an F-1 Visa can be a long, confusing process. Be sure to start your application for an F-1 visa well before you plan to arrive at WSU.

If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact


Review Requirements & Pre-Arrival Process

Find your country's U.S. embassy or consulate to review requirements.

Then, review the interview wait time for the location where you will apply.

You should also review steps 1-3 in the Student Process Steps for Navigating the U.S Immigration System.

This covers questions like:

  • How do I start?
  • How do I pay my I-901 SEVIS fee?
  • How do I get a visa to enter the United States?

Pay I-901 SEVIS fee

The SEVIS I-901 fee is required for all students applying for an F 1 visa, as well as J exchange visitors.

Paying your SEVIS I-901 fee is very important. Without paying this fee, you will not be eligible to apply for a visa.

Below are the steps to help you pay the SEVIS I-901 fee.

  1. Visit the I-901 Fee website and select the option to "Pay I-901 Fee"
  2. Enter your information: SEVIS ID, last name, given name, date of birth and choose "Submit"
  3. Follow the remaining instructions. Keep in mind that WSU school code #SPM214F00304000
  4. Submit payment
  5. Print the payment confirmation

Prepare for Visa Interview

Here are a few resources to help you prepare for the visa interview:


Steps for Transfer Students

If you are transferring to WSU from another school in the U.S., you will need to work with your international advisor to complete the transfer recommendation form (PDF) and send it to

This will start the process to transfer your SEVIS record to Winona State University.