When do I need to apply for my Student Visa?
As soon as you receive your I-20 from Northeast Alabama Community
College, you should immediately pay the $200
SEVIS fee and apply
for your F-1 visa at a U.S. embassy or consulate. If you are
bringing dependents to the United States, you will also be required
to apply for F-2 dependent visas.
How long does the process take?
Waiting times for visa appointments vary by country and by
applicant. An interview at the embassy consular section is required
for visa applicants. The waiting time for an interview appointment
for applicants can also vary, so it is important to apply early
for your visa. Visa wait times for interview appointments and
visa processing time information for each U. S. embassy or consulate
is available at the U.S. Department of State website (www.state.gov).
Listed below you will find some helpful hints for the interview.
► Make an appointment.
► Speak English.
► Speak for yourself.
► Know your academic program and your school, and how they fit into
your career plans.
► See the website for Northeast Alabama Community College (www.nacc.edu)
to prepare for the interview.
► Be organized. You will need the following documents.
▪ I-20 from Northeast Alabama Community College signed by Tonie
Niblett, Dean of Student Services and the prospective student.
▪ Acceptance letter from Northeast.
▪ Passport (Must be valid for at least six months after your
proposed entry date to the U.S.)
▪ One photograph (2 inches by 2 inches) See U. S. Department of
State for photo guidelines.
▪ Original financial affidavit of support and, if required, TOEFL
▪ Evidence of ties to your home country (You must convince the
consular officer that you are returning to your country.)
▪ SEVIS fee payment receipt.
▪ Dependents will need to provide proof of their relationship with
the F-1 (marriage license & birth certificates) as well as an F-2
I-20, valid passport, and photograph.
When you have received
the results of your visa interview, please notify the Dean of
Student Services. It is very important that we know who has been
given or denied a student visa.
Tonie Niblett, Dean
of Student Services, International Student Advisor
256-638-4418 or 256-228-6001 ext.