Visa Interview Information
A student can apply for F-1 visa earlier than 120 days before the program start to allow for visa processing and security clearance delays. The Form I-20 will be issued to students who have been fully admitted to CCSU. Please contact the CIE immediately if any information on your Form I-20 is incorrect.
Make sure you have a valid passport
Pay your SEVIS Fee either by phone, by mail or online, and print a SEVIS fee receipt for your record. The fee must be paid at least three business days before your appointment at the U.S. Embassy.
- Your SEVIS ID number (N00XXXXXXXX) is located in the upper right corner of your Form I-20;
- CCSU’s SEVIS school code is the last box on page 1, Item #2.
F-2 dependents do not need to pay the SEVIS fee. Canadians Citizens are exempted from processing a visa to enter the United States, but still need to pay the SEVIS fee.
Book an appointment at the closest United States Consulate or Embassy to apply for F-1 visa (except Canadian Citizens). For more information on visa processing, refer to www.usembassy.state.gov
Documents required when applying for a visa:
- Non-immigrant visa application
- Visa application fee
- Passport pictures
- Valid Passport
- Form I-20 (issued by CCSU)
- Admission letter from CCSU
- SEVIS fee receipt (Form I-797)
- Original Affidavit of Support
If your visa application is approved:
If your visa is approved, you are ready to travel to the United States to start school. Immigration regulations state that you should arrive in the United States within 30 days of the program start date in Section 5 of your Form I-20.
If your visa application is denied:
If your visa application is denied, please refer to the United States Department of State's Website - Visa Denial. Central Connecticut State University cannot influence visa decisions made by U.S. Consular officials abroad.
NOTE: All individuals intending to be students at CCSU must enter the United States in F-1 student status. Entering on a B1/B2 visitor’s visa with the intention of attending school in the United States full-time is ‘unlawful."