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Preparation for the Visa Interview

An interview is required which is normally short--2 minutes.  Be ready to answer questions such as: How long do you plan to stay? Why do you want to study in the U.S. instead of your own country?

Be ready to explain ties to your home country and your plans to use your U.S. education in your home country.

Visa applications must be filled out completely and correctly. If a question does not apply to your situation, write in N/A (Not Applicable). This tells the officer that you have read the question, but that it does not apply your situation.

Translations are needed with any documents not in English

What to bring with you to the visa interview:

  • Your valid passport
  • Immigration documents issued by JMU (Form I-20 or DS-2019)
  • A receipt indicating you paid the SEVIS fee
  • Required photo(s)
  • Proof of visa fee payment
  • U.S. non-immigrant visa application forms
  • JMU admission letter
  • Proof of English proficiency
  • Proof of financial support (i.e. bank statement)
  • Evidence of ties to your home country
  • Any other documents required by the embassy or consulate