The majority of USD students should apply for an F-1 student visa; undergraduate exchange students are the only ones who apply for a J-1 visa. If you received an I-20 from USD, you will apply for an F-1 visa. If you received a DS-2019 from USD, you will apply for a J-1 visa.
Most new students must pay the SEVIS fee before applying for an entry visa or entering the U.S. To learn more about this fee which is administered by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, visit the Department of Homeland Security.
Locate the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate in your home country and schedule an appointment for your visa interview. For more information, visit the Bureau of Consular Affairs.
All visa applicants must provide the following documents to the U.S. embassy or consulate at the time of application:
The U.S. Consular Officer conducting your interview will assume that you plan to immigrate to the U.S. permanently unless you prove otherwise. You need to prove you will only study temporarily in the U.S. and will return home after your studies are complete. Be prepared to answer the following confidently and clearly in English:
NOTE: If your visa is denied, ask your consular official to provide a written explanation of the denial.
For more information on how to prepare for your visa interview, visit the following resources: