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Documents Needed for the Interview

  • Form DS-2019 or I-20
  • Letter of Acceptance or Invitation
  • Proof of having paid the SEVIS fee (Form I-797) completed at least 3 days before the interview
  • Documentation evidencing financial ability to meet expenses (bank statements, etc)
  • Evidence of residence abroad (address in your home country)
  • Passport valid at least 6 months into the future
  • Form DS-160 confirmation page (completed at least 2 days before the interview)
  • Photographs meeting the specified criteria (color, position of the face, recent image, 5 centimeters wide and 5 centimeters long, etc)
  • Proof of having paid the Machine Readable Visa (MRV) fee (completed at least 2 days before the interview)
  • Visa reciprocity fee (if applicable)
This list is not all inclusive.  Other documents may be required by your consulate so be sure to check the embassy or consulate website for specifics. It is recommended that you also justify your intention to return to your home country after you complete your degree.  This can be  return airfare, or simply your well thought-out plans for your future when you return to your home country.