Incoming F1 Students
How to Apply for F1 Visa Status
In order to apply for F-1 status, a student must obtain the Form I-20, issued by the Office of International Programs. Form I-20 certifies to the U.S. embassy abroad that a student has been accepted to a SEVP-approved university and has provided enough finances to pay for the cost of their education and living expenses.
Here is an overview of the process:
- Apply to a program at Seton Hall (Undergraduate & ESL, Graduate)
- Complete the I-20 Application while you wait for your acceptance to the program. Upload the I-20 application and necessary documents to the secure web portal »
- Receive your Form I-20 - ESL students must submit a tuition deposit before receiving their I-20
- Schedule your F-1 Visa Appointment - You will need the information on the Form I-20 to schedule your F-1 visa appointment. As part of the visa application process, you will need to complete Form DS-160 ($160) and pay the SEVIS I-901 fee ($350). Check visa appointment wait times below.
- Arrive in the U.S. The earliest new F1 students can arrive is 30 days before the program start date on your Form I-20. The latest day any student may arrive is the last day of the add/drop period (see Academic Calendar below)
I-20 Application Deadlines
Fall semester - July 30 / Spring semester - December 1
Canadian Students only need the Form I-20 to enter the U.S., and do not need to apply for the F-1 visa. Please follow the I-20 Application deadlines above.
F1 Transfer students traveling abroad and who need to renew their visa - Please follow the I-20 Application deadlines above.
F1 Transfer students remaining in the U.S. before the start of classes / traveling abroad with a valid F1 visa can receive an I-20 form up until the first day of class. However, please submit your documents as soon as possible.
Important Notice Regarding Visa Appointments
Please check the visa appointment wait time for the U.S. Embassy location where you intend to apply for the F-1 visa. Many locations will not be able to offer appointments before the start of the semester. If you believe that these delays may impact your ability to begin classes on time, you are advised to contact your admissions director to discuss your options, including deferral of your application.
For Admissions and Program Information:
Prospective undergraduate students may contact the Office of Admissions at email@example.com. Prospective graduate students may contact the appropriate Graduate Director for their desired program, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
For I-20 and Visa Information:
Book one of the following to speak to an advisor.
I-20 Application Information Session to learn about the I-20 Application requirements and F-1 visa process.
F1/J1 Advising Session for specific questions about your pending I-20 Application, F-1 or other visa status.
Check Visa Appointment Wait Times - Due to COVID-19, some countries require several months wait time for visa appointment. Students may request emergency appointment, however it is not guaranteed.
International Student Experience
- Undergraduate Admissions
Explore the Undergraduate Admissions site for more information about applying to Seton Hall University to complete an undergraduate degree.
- English As a Second Language
As an international student you can enroll in Seton Hall University's English as a Second Language Program.
- Graduate Departments
Find information about applying to Seton Hall University to complete an graduate degree.
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