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Visa Application Process

International students residing outside the United States need to apply for an F-1 student visa. After acceptance to Skyline College, we recommend that admitted students follow the steps below:

  1. Receive a Skyline acceptance letter and Form I-20 and review your personal information. Please e-mail immediately if there is any error.
  2. Pay your SEVIS I-901 fee from Make sure to keep your payment receipt. If your spouse and/or children plan to reside in the USA with you while you study, they will be required to have individual Form I-20s, but they will not have to pay a separate SEVIS I-901 fee. 
  3. Visit to submit the Online Nonimmigrant Visa Application (DS-160)
  4. Find the US embassy/consulate near you to schedule a visa interview:
  5. Check the website of your local US embassy/consulate regarding specific visa application procedures and required documentation. Required documents may include:
    • Copy of your online visa application (DS-160)
    • Receipt confirming your SEVIS I-901fee
    • Valid passport
    • Passport-size photos
    • I-20 and acceptance letter to Skyline College
    • Financial evidence detailing source and amount of funding
    • Academic transcript
    • Proof of English language proficiency
    • If your spouse and children are accompanying you to the U.S., be prepared to show proof of satisfactory funding and their passports.
  6. Attend the visa interview at the U.S. embassy/consulate.
  7. Inform the International Student Program at Skyline College as soon as you receive your visa (E-mail to