USA

Visa Information
Passport requirements


All nationals require a valid passport.

Valid passport required by all. Validity varies - for most countries a passport must be valid for the entire duration of the stay. Note: 1) For nationals included in the Visa Waiver Program, passports must be valid for at least 90 days from date of entry. Introduced on October 26 2004, all travellers entering the US under the Visa Waiver Program now require individual machine-readable passports. Children included on a parents passport also now require their own machine-readable passport. Travellers not in possession of machine-readable passports will require a valid US entry visa.

Visa requirements
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Who does not require a visa?
You do not require a visa if you comply with ALL the following 3 points: You will then not require a visa, but you still need to fill in before departure the "Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA)", what you can do conveniently online at https://esta.cbp.dhs.gov/esta/esta.html?language=en


In all other cases you will require a visa. As a language student with over 16 hours/week you will have to apply for a student visa. The school will send you after enrollment the SEVIS I-20 form, which you will need for the visa application. ESTA is not required if you enter with a visa.


Countries of Visa Waiver Program:


Andorra, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brunei, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Monaco, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, San Marino, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland

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Required documents for visa application
Student Visa (I20):
  • Application form DS-156
  • 1 passport-size photograph
  • Valid passport with 1 full blank page, valid for at least six months after entry into the United States.
  • Evidence of sufficient funds for stay as indicated on the I-20 or DS-2019.
  • SEVIS I-20 or SEVIS DS-2019, issued by a U.S. college, school, or university.
  • Contact information and work history form DS-0158M.
  • Males between the ages of 16 and 45 must complete form DS-0157.
  • A receipt for visa processing fee, information available from the consulate or at the specific consulate Web site.
  • SEVIS fee receipt. You can pay the SEVIS fee online at the offical website https://www.fmjfee.com/i901fee/
Letter of admission, evidence of applicant's TOEFL test score, diplomas or transcripts from previous study-may not be required but a consular officer may request this information.


Tourist Visa:

  • Application form
  • 1 Passport-size photo
  • Valid passport with 1 full blank page
  • Return ticket
  • Evidence of sufficient funds for stay
  • Proof of purpose of visit
  • Stamped, self-addressed envelope when postal application
Embassy copy of the fee receipt endorsed by the bank.
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Validity of Visa
  • Tourist Visa: 180 days.
  • Student Visa: 180 days.
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Costs of Visa
  • Student Visa: 124 EUR
Some nationals may also have to pay a reciprocal visa issuance fee.
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Time required to issue visa
  • Tourist Visa: 5-60 days
  • Student Visa: 5-60 days
Varies with each embassy
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Embassy contact information

All information on this page has been carefully investigated. However visa requirements change frequently and the information is provided without any guarantee.
 
Before departure it is recommended to check the website of the embassy. For further questions regarding visa requirements contact directly the embassy of USA in your country.
 
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