F-1/J-1 Visa Acquisition
The process of obtaining an F-1/J-1 visa is strictly regulated by the Department of Homeland Security, and is governed by many rules and regulations. To better understand the process of selecting a school and obtaining an F-1/J-1 student visa to study in the U.S. please refer to the Homeland Security Study in the States website for guidance.
As an International Student, in order for you to come to the United States and study full-time you must apply and be granted the F-1/J-1 student visa.
You must be officially accepted to Stockton University and be issued a Form I-20/DS-2019 to qualify for an F-1/J-1 visa.
There are many rules and regulations governing the F-1/J-1 visa application process. You must follow them carefully to successfully obtain the F-1/J-1 student visa:
Once your application for admission to Stockton University is received processed and an acceptance decision has been made, you will be sent a Letter of Admission and a Form I-20/DS-2019. Check the I-20/DS-2019 against your passport information to make sure your name and date of birth are listed and spelled correctly.
To prepare for your visa interview, learn as much as you can about the forms and documents required of you here. Be prepared to convince the consul that you will return to your home country after completing your study course. Place large emphasis on your personal, family and economic ties with your home country, show undeniable reasons why you will return home:
- present copies of property ownership
- business ownership by you or your family
- if you have traveled to the U.S. before emphasize that you have returned home
- if your siblings have studied in the U.S. and have returned home show copies of their diplomas, etc.
Bring with you:
- Letter of Admission from the Stockton University
- I-20/DS-2019 form issued by Stockton University
- SEVIS receipt proving you paid the required fee
- Official School records/Transcripts (translated and certified)
- Affidavit of Support
- International Student Financial Statement
- Affidavit of Free Room and Board (if applicable)
- Anything that will establish an understanding that you have strong ties to your home country and will return home after completion of your program of study – such as proof of property or business ownership, etc.
A “consul” makes a decision to grant or deny a visa. The Consul’s job is to make sure that persons who are issued visas will return home after completion of studies. As a person wishing to enter the U.S. you will be viewed as someone wishing to remain in the U.S. permanently therefore your job as an interviewee is to convince the Consul that you will return home after completing your study course. The Consul is required by law to say: “You are not coming back home when you finish your studies!” Do not become offended and make sure, to the best of your ability, to convince the Consul that you will indeed return home after completion of your study course. The Consul’s job is to administer the law so DO NOT try to neither negotiate with the Consul nor discuss personal matters.
Explain the reasons why you are traveling to the U.S. to study:
- professional or academic goals
- financial resource capability (be prepared to prove the ability to pay for school)
- English language proficiency, etc.
Be prepared to answer:
- Why you want to study in the U.S.?
- Why did you choose Stockton?
- Why did you choose your program of study?
- Be concise, positive and well prepared.