Helpful hints on applying for a Visa:
- Apply early. The time it takes to process your Visa can vary significantly depending on type of Visa and circumstances in the country or region you live. Therefore it is important that you contact the closest U.S. Embassy or Consulate as soon as you have your I-20.
- Some consulates require that personal interviews be scheduled. Be sure to phone the embassy or consulate and make an appointment. In some countries interview applicants can walk-in on a regular schedule, contact your embassy or consulate for specific days and posted times.
- Policies and regulations worldwide will continue to change as new security measures are put into place. Visit the links below on a regular basis for updates and changes that could affect your travel plans.
- What to bring to the U.S. Embassy or Consulate for the F-1 Visa process? The signed I-20, the signed Acceptance Letter from Ladysmith High School, the signed Tuition Receipt, your current Passport, and if needed, the travel dates (which are contained in the narrative of your Acceptance Letter). Check with the local embassy or consulate for any additional requirements they may have prior to your appointment.
Online resources: Getting a Student F 1 Visa
For information on applying for a visa and for a list of US Embassies or Consulates in your country refer to the following web site.
Select: Study-student exchange window
The following links contain information on student visas and the application and acceptance process:
Foreign Students (F-1) in Public Schools
Student and Exchange Visitor Program