When you have been accepted, you will receive an email notification from LWTech with an attached acceptance letter and your I-20 digitally signed. You must print these documents and sign your I-20 with blue pen. In order for you to come to the United States to pursue your educational objective, you must apply for a student visa. With the copy of your admission letter and a copy of your Form I-20 you can make your visa appointment.
Verify your personal information on your Form I-20 (F-1). Ensure that your name and birth date match your passport. If you find mistakes notify our office immediately.
Read page 2 of your Form I-20. On Form I-20, print and sign your name and date your Form at Number 11.
Prior to applying for your F-1 visa you must pay the I-901 fee on the Unites States Immigration and Customs Enforcement website. This fee is currently $350. See SEVIS I-901 Fee Frequently Asked Questions for additional F-1 visa information.
Schedule the visa interview, and read about preparing for your interview.
At the port of entry into the U.S., present your passport stamped with valid visa and Form I-20 to a Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) Officer. The officer will review and stamp your passport with your visa status and date. Be sure to collect all of your documents and keep any additional documents given to you by the CBP Officer.
Upon arrival at LWTech report to orientation.
To schedule a visa interview complete the nonimmigrant visa application and then schedule a Visa Appointment.
When applying for a visa with a Form I-20 from LWTech, you are applying for a non-immigrant visa. While the interview may seem intimidating, remember that each person’s situation is different, and there is no magic explanation or single document, certificate, or letter which can guarantee visa insurance. Below you will find some tips to assist you in preparing for your non-immigrant visa interview.
This may include:
Important: Only present what documentation is essential for the interview. Refer to the consular website for documentation your specific office requires. It should be immediately clear to the consular office the documents you are presenting and what they signify. Lengthy written explanations cannot be quickly read or evaluated.
Your visa interview is a conversation. The consular official who is interviewing you wants to hear about you and your plan, including important details about the following:
Please read the following for more information on Navigating Customs & Border Patrol upon your arrival.
Students should plan to arrive at the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (airport code: SEA) approximately 30 minutes from Kirkland, Washington. Students must arrive before or on the Program Start Date on your Form I-20. For example: if the Program Start Date is August 18, the student may arrive in the US up to 30 days before—the earliest date being July 19.
For general directions, please refer to the LWTech Directions page.
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