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Welcome! I look forward to meeting you, and I hope that your experience at Fletcher is productive and rewarding. This section covers information that international students need to prepare for study in the U.S. (For these purposes, international students are those who are not U.S. citizens or permanent residents.) Please review it, and do not hesitate to contact me with questions or concerns.
Assistant Registrar & International Student Advisor
OBTAINING A VISA TO STUDY AT THE FLETCHER SCHOOL
For many students, the process of obtaining a visa to study in the United States can seem daunting. We are here to help you with the process, but the first step in the process is for you to provide us with some critical pieces of information.
This document gives you a brief overview of the process, but please consult our Admitted Student Website for International Students at http://fletcher.tufts.edu/Congratulations/enrolling/visa for more detailed information. This document is primarily intended for those seeking F-1 visas. If you are seeking a J-1 or other visa, please see the resources mentioned above.
STEP 1: Complete the “Certification of Funds” form by December 2
The first critical step is to complete the "Certification of Funds" form and return it no later than December 2 together with a photocopy of your passport showing your photograph, biographical information and expiration date to our international student advisor, Reiko Morris (reiko.morris @tufts.edu). We encourage you to submit this information as soon as possible to ensure timely receipt of your visa. Delays in submitting this paperwork are the main cause of students not receiving their visas on time.
STEP 2: Receive your I-20 form
Once Reiko Morris has received and approved your certification of funds form, she will enter the necessary information into the Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS). SEVIS is the US Government’s Internet-based system that tracks schools, students, exchange visitors, and their dependents. Once the information has been entered, Reiko will send to you via regular mail your I-20 form. If you prefer to receive your I-20 via express mail, please check the box on the second page of the Certification of Funds form. The charge will be assessed to your Tufts student account. Express mail is strongly recommended.
STEP 3: Pay your SEVIS Fee
Once your I-20 has been issued, you must pay a $200 fee required through SEVIS. The fee must be paid before your visa appointment as you are required to bring a receipt with you to the Consulate, showing that you have paid the fee. Further information regarding the fee can be found at http://www.ice.gov/sevis/i901/.
STEP 4: Schedule an appointment with the nearest embassy or consulate
For a complete list of embassies and consulates, please see http://www.usembassy.gov/. Each embassy or consulate has different process and wait times for visa interviews. For estimated wait times, see: http://travel.state.gov/visa/temp/wait/wait_4638.html.
STEP 5: Conduct your visa interview
You will need to bring to your embassy or consular interview the “required documentation” listed at http://travel.state.gov/visa/temp/types/types_1268.html. These documents include but are not limited to Forms I-20A-B and DS-160, a valid passport, passport photos, MRV and SEVIS I-901 fee receipts.
STEP 6: Pick up your visa
Visas must be collected in person.
STEP 7: Come to Fletcher!
Make sure you have your I-20 and passport when entering the U.S.