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F-1 Visa Information

International Initiiatives

International students who wish to attend Husson University will need to obtain an F-1 Visa. F-1 designates education, non-immigrant status. To receive an F-1 Visa, complete the following steps. To stay organized, put all of your information in a folder and make a copy of every document!

To exit your home country:

  • Apply for a passport. This may take several weeks or longer so plan ahead. If you have a passport, be sure that the expiration date is no later than six months after you plan to enter the US.
  • Ask if there may be other required documents that permit you to leave your country.These may include:
    • legal agreements asking you to return to your country at a specific age
    • requirement to return to your country at the end of your schooling
    • requirement to return to your country for military service
    • financial disclosures
    • educational agreements

To enter the United States:

  • Obtain an I-20 form. This is called a Certificate of Eligibility. When you have  received an acceptance of admission to Husson University, you will receive your I-20 in the mail.   Be certain that Husson has your accurate mailing address.
  • Go to the US Immigration and Customs Student and Exchange Visitor Program website (SEVIS).
  • Pay the SEVIS fee of $200 USD. This is called an I-901 fee. Print a copy of your receipt. Keep it for proof of payment at your interview.
  • Make an appointment for a visa interview. Check online for the application fee
  • What to bring:
    • your I-20 form from Husson University
    • your passport with an expiration date no later than 6 months after you will enter the US
    • a completed Application for Non-Immigrant Visa (form OF-156) and a photo
    • a completed Declaration of Finances and Proof of Support to verify your financial status. You must have proof that you have the financial support to pay in advance for an entire year of study
    • proof that you have paid the SEVIS, I-901 fee (your receipt)
    • education documents: transcripts, diplomas, English competency assessments
    • your acceptance letter from Husson and proof of good health.
  • It is a good idea to practice your English before your interview. You must demonstrate to the consul at the Embassy that your English is proficient enough to be successful in your Husson program.
  • If you are refused a visa, you may reapply.

For more information or to find answers to your questions, visit:

Phone and Email Address
Ryan Lemon
Director of International Initiatives
International Initiatives
Husson University
1 College Circle
Bangor, Maine 04401
Danielle M. Beaupre, M.A.
Immigration and Visa Services Coordinator, Principal Designated School Official, Foreign Language Instructor
205A Wildey Communications Center
Husson University
1 College Circle
Bangor, Maine 04401