Congratulations on your admission to the University! Now that you are admitted, you need to complete several additional steps in order to receive your I-20 and apply for your F-1 student visa. All non-immigrant visitors are required to have a valid visa (*except Canadians) in their passport to be allowed entry into the U.S. For general information, see the U.S. Department of State website.
To get an F-1 entry visa:
Obtain I-20 (F-1) from the University of the Cumberlands
Complete the I-20 request form
- Submit your financial documentation to the Office of Admissions that demonstrates funding for your first year of enrollment.
- If you have dependents traveling to the US with you, complete dependent request form.
- Complete the eship global request (see below for more information)
Check the current wait times for visa appointments and issuance in your city.
Pay the SEVIS Fee.
Make a visa appointment and go to an interview at a U.S. embassy or consulate.
*Canadian Citizens: Canadian citizens are not required to apply for a visa to enter the U.S. as an F-1, but must still pay the SEVIS Fee and present their I-20 at the port of entry to the US.
Read the U.S. Department of State web site for more information about the visa application process and Temporary Visitors to the U.S.
Visa Wait Times
Since visa processing times can be very lengthy, please make the appointment as early as possible. Consulate offices will typically accept appointments up to four months prior to the start of studies. There may be long waiting periods for appointments during peak times (May through August).
When going to the visa interview, be sure to bring:
· Passport (valid at least six months into the future)
· Certificate of Eligibility I-20 (F-1)
· Your admission letter from the University of the Cumberlands
· Evidence of financial support
· Visa application forms and fees
· SEVIS FeeReceipt (F-1) (link the word SEVIS fee to this website: https://fmjfee.com/i901fee/desktop/index.jsp?view=desktop)
*Please note, some consulates may require additional documentation, so check the consulate web site for visa application instructions.
eShip Global is the service that will mail your I-20 documents to you. The FedEx mailing cost must be paid directly to eShipGlobal shipping service by credit card (Visa, Mastercard or Discover cards only). To request express mailing of your documents, go to the following secure website: https://study.eshipglobal.com (works best with Internet Explorer & Mozilla Firefox browsers)
Please make sure that your name is indicated exactly as it appears on your Passport Photo Page and select The Office of International Relations the sender address. Please enter your UC Student ID Number in the student ID field. (This number is located in the top right corner of the acceptance letter that was emailed to you.)
Please pay close attention to the information submitted, as errors in the credit card information or submitting incorrect or incomplete address information will result in a delay of your I-20 being mailed
If you have questions about how to use this service, please contact the Office of Admissions or email email@example.com.