All accepted international students and scholars applying for an F or J visa will become part of the Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS) when an I-20 or DS-2019 is created for you. SEVIS is a national tracking/monitoring system that will allow the U.S. government to monitor and track various events during your program of study. Indiana University of Pennsylvania’s Office of International Education handles all SEVIS records for all international students and scholars. We are required to report your U.S.A. address, registration of classes, and any changes within your program at IUP. For more information, see Study in the States.
As of September 1, 2004, all F, M, and J visa applicants must complete Form I-901 and pay a SEVIS fee, $200 for F Visa and $180 for J Visa, to the Department of Homeland Security before applying for a new visa. Take the receipt to your interview. Dependents and spouses are not required to pay. The purpose of the fee is to cover the costs of administering and maintaining SEVIS. If you have questions, please visit the Student and Exchange Visitor Program fee processing website for information on the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement website; call (from overseas) 011+ 785-330-1048; or e-mail fmjfee.SEVIS@dhs.gov.
Plan as well in advance as possible. Contact your local embassy or consulate for an appointment. To find your closest U.S. Embassy, go to the list of embassies on the U.S. Department of State website. Visit your embassy or consulate’s website for specific application procedures. IUP does not have any power to influence your consular officials, so please do not ask us to call or fax letters to your consulate or embassy. Please use the IUP letters in your acceptance packet. Canadian citizens are not required to obtain a student visa in their passport: they can obtain F-1 status by entering the U.S. with appropriate documents.
As a student, you will be applying for an F-1 (I-20) or J-1 (DS-2019) visa. U.S. law states that F and J visas are given to persons who intend to remain in the U.S. temporarily and their primary purpose is for academics.
What you will need to obtain a student visa:
If you have an F-1 or J-1 visa and have dependents who will accompany you to IUP:
You may check your visa application status by going to Visa Application Status Tracker.
If your visa is denied, you can apply again within the same year. If you decide to defer until the next semester, notify the Office of International Education in writing as soon as possible. Your SEVIS fee is valid for twelve months.
Please make plans for your housing and transportation.
Students who are in F-1 or J-1 status coming to IUP from any school in the U.S. (high school, university, English language school) are considered transfer students for immigration purposes. All transfers, both F-1 and J-1, will need to work with their previous school or program sponsor within 60 days (F-1) or 30 days (J-1) of finishing at their former school to determine a SEVIS transfer release date. Students must complete IUP's SEVIS Trasnfer from which will be emailed to the student after admission to IUP. Our office will contact you to get your documents to you as soon as possible. Transfer students are not required to pay the SEVIS fee and do not need a new visa if their current visa is valid. Students should use their IUP I-20 to re-enter the U.S.
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