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A Guide to the Student Visa Application Process: Finding a University

This blog post is the first in a series about applying for your student visa. To read the introduction, click here.


Before you can begin applying for your student visa, you must first be accepted to a U.S. college or university. Once admitted, your institution of study will provide you with the initial documents needed to apply for your visa. If you are just beginning the student visa application process, read on to learn about your first steps

1. Research U.S. universities


The first step to applying for your visa is researching U.S. colleges and universities. In doing so, it is important to ensure you are considering schools that are SEVP-certified; this means that an institution is able to issue you the documents you need to apply for your visa. SEVP-certified universities can be found here or on EdAgree’s list of partner schools.



2. Apply and be admitted to a university


After you have identified SEVP-certified universities that are of interest to you, the next step is to apply and be admitted. If you are ready to apply to U.S. universities, start your free profile on EdAgree’s application platform.



3. Receive your I-20 form


Once you’ve been admitted to a U.S. university, you can begin your formal visa application process once your school issues you a form called an I-20. This form lets immigration officials know that you have been accepted to an institution of study.



4. Research next steps


Upon receiving your I-20 form, you can now fill out the online visa application, the DS-160. To learn more about the DS-160, visit the next post in our series.


To learn more about each of these steps and gain access to EdAgree’s comprehensive visa application guide, complete the survey linked below.