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Applying for a U.S. Visa

We recommend that you consult the U.S. Department of State to learn about the visa application process required by your local consular office. Most students apply for a visa at the consular office that has jurisdiction over their place of residence. You may apply for a visa at any U.S. Consular Office, but third-country nationals may find it more difficult to secure a visa.

Please be prepared for your visa interview by having all of the following documentation with you:

  • visa application forms, provided by the U.S. Embassy or Consulate
  • passport valid for six months beyond the date you will enter the United States
  • photograph that meets specifications
  • visa fee payment receipt
  • Certificate of Eligibility (I-20 or DS-2019)
  • letter of admission from Ball State University
  • evidence of sufficient English proficiency (TOEFL/IELTS results)
  • evidence of sufficient financial documentation
  • evidence of sufficient ties to your home country
  • Ball State University transcripts