Obtaining a Student Visa

International students applying for an F-1 or J-1 visa are indicating to the US Embassy or Consulate their intention to study at a particular US university. In order to obtain the non immigrant student visa the individual will need to prepare the appropriate documentation to have a strong visa application for a successful visa interview. If the visa is approved and issued the student should only enter the United States 30 days prior to the program start date on their I-20 or DS -2019 with the valid visa for the university where they intend to study. You must also arrive to the university by the scheduled program start date.

If you intend to study at another institution you should not enter the United States with a Fairleigh Dickinson University visa or I-20/DS-2019. You would be required to obtain the visa for the institution where you intend to study. (This is a requirement for initial entry students and not required for returning or continuing students)

How to Apply for an Initial F-1 Entry Visa if You are Outside the U.S.

Canadian Citizens- Canadian citizens do not require an entry visa to enter the U.S. from Canada, but do require a DS-2019 or I-20, passport, financial documentation and proof of SEVIS fee payment. **Some information has been adopted from the Colombia University ISSO webpage

If You Are Already in the U.S.

Those Currently Not in F-1 Status

Students who do not plan to leave the U.S. before beginning studies at Fairleigh Dickinson (and are currently in an immigration status other than F-1) are required to change status by application to the USCIS. For more information on changing your status to F-1, follow this link:  Change of Status to F-1. The Office of International Student Services will be happy to assist you with this application.

Transferring Students in F-1 Status at Another Institution
F-1 students previously enrolled in another U.S. school who are planning to enroll at Fairleigh Dickinson University must complete the Transfer Process to satisfy both University and USCIS requirements.