F-1 Visa Process

After you receive your initial I-20, you will need to make an appointment with your local embassy/consulate to request the F-1 visa.

Before the Interview

Pay the SEVIS fee. Make sure to save your receipt.

Complete Form DS-160. Prepare to pay the non-immigrant visa application fee and to submit an approved digital image.

Check with your local consulate/embassy to see if you will need to pay any issuance fees. Schedule your F-1 visa appointment. 

Prepare for the Interview

Bring all documentation with you to your F-1 visa interview, including:

  • Initial I-20 (make sure you have signed it)
  • Letter of acceptance from Seminole State College of Florida
  • Proof of finances 
  • Passport valid for at least six months beyond the planned US entry date
  • Passport photo
  • SEVIS I-901 payment receipt
  • Form DS-160 confirmation page
  • Receipt of the visa application fee
  • Educational documents (transcripts, certificates, etc.)
  • Documents showing your financial and personal ties to your home country



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Sanford, FL 32773

Future Students: Call or Text 407.708.2398
Current Students: email International@seminolestate.edu