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Visa Information

Joining the On-Campus Program

While you are studying online with us this spring, we know you will also be getting ready to join us in Waco in person for a future semester. Once you know when you’ll be transitioning to campus, you will need to apply for your visa to study in the USA. You will need an I-20 from Baylor University, issued by the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) to submit with your visa application.

A visa allows a foreign citizen to travel to a U.S. port-of-entry and request permission from the U.S. immigration officer to enter the USA. It does not guarantee entry into the USA.

Most non-U.S. citizens who wish to study in the USA will seek an F-1 (non-immigrant) student visa, but there are other visa types that are sometimes authorized for those who study in the USA. An F-1 visa is for people who want to study at an accredited U.S. university or to study English at a university or intensive English language institute.

When Should I Apply for a Visa?

It is best to apply early for the visa to make sure that there is sufficient time for visa processing. We recommend that all students apply for their visa as soon as they have all the required documentation. Notify directly once your visa status is known. Please tell the ISC when you have made an appointment, and notify us of the outcome of that appointment.

The Visa Process:

  1. Receive your I-20 from Baylor. Review it carefully.
  2. Pay the SEVIS fee online at
  3. Complete the form DS-160 to begin your visa process.
  4. Schedule and prepare for your visa interview. You will need to gather several supporting documents.
  5. Attend your visa interview at the U.S. Consulate or Embassy.
  6. Wait for your F-1 entry visa.

You can learn more about how to apply for a visa by visiting your nearest US Embassy or Consulate in your country. You may need to book an appointment to complete the process.

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Supporting Documents

You may need to supply documents to support your application for your program and visa.

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Entry Requirements

Learn about the specific academic and English language entry requirements for all of our programs.

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