Getting Your I-20 and Obtaining a Visa

An I-20 is the form that EMU is required by Federal Law to produce which allows the student to apply for a visa at the U.S. Embassy. Before EMU can issue the I-20, the student must take the following steps:

  • Complete the admissions application  and receive an admission decision from the university. See our application checklist for more details on required documents and information.
  • Apply for the EMU International Student Scholarship.
    • Complete the International Student Affidavit and provide supporting documents such as bank statements and letters of sponsorship, if applicable.
    • Upon completion, you will receive a Financial Aid Notification (FAN).
  • Pay the $200 tuition deposit.
  • See Next Steps page for billing, housing, and other

*Deadlines for visa approvals are always 1 month before the start of International Student Orientation.  

What to bring to your visa interview

The student should bring the following documents to the visa interview:

  • Form I-20
  • Receipt of SEVIS payment
    • $350 payment (also known as the I-901 fee for a SEVIS ID)
  • Acceptance letter
  • Financial Aid Notification (financial award letter)
  • Financial documents which prove the student’s ability to support themself while in the U.S.
  • Evidence that the student intends to return to their home country upon completion of their studies (information about family members who live in the home country, property owned, etc.)
  • Academic transcripts and test scores

The student should also be prepared to describe their career goals and why they chose EMU.

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