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If you have not already done so, prior to being notified of your acceptance to University of the Cumberlands, you should immediately apply for a passport.

After acceptance, UC will send the following items to you by International Courier (UPS or FedEx)

  1. A copy of your I-20.
  2. Your Acceptance letter(s)

Upon receiving these items, you should immediately:

  1. Pay SEVIS I-901 fee (Click Here)
  2. Apply for an F-1 visa at the U.S. Embassy or Consulate (Click here for more information)
  3. Check the visa wait times in your country at The US DOS Visa Wait Times Website


Documents you will need for your Visa Application Interview

Prior to your visa appointment, you should gather and neatly organize all of your necessary documents, such as:

  1. All appropriate U.S. Department of State forms as required by the consulate in your country (Embassy/Consulate Web site)
  2. Valid passport for at least six months into the future
  3. I-20, signed by UC official
  4. Proof of SEVIS I-901 visa application fee
  5. Required number of “passport size photographs”
  6. The original Acceptance letter you received from UC
  7. Evidence of financial support
    1. Prove funds exist
    2. Show enough funds for entire study.
    3. Be familiar with document contents
  8. Potential documents to support your intent to return to your home country.
    1. Ownership of real estate
    2. Strong financial ties
    3. Job offer upon return

Nine Tips to Prepare for a Visa Interview (Abbreviated from NAFSA)

  1. Prove Ties to Your Home Country
    1. Proof of plans to return to your home country.
    2. Benefit of your academic program to your home country
    3. Ties with family or other relationships
    4. Previous overstays in the U.S., explain clearly with documentation
  2. Practice English for Interview
    1. Practice English conversation.
    2. Explain enrollment in Intensive English Program
  3. Speak for Yourself
    1. Do not bring parents or family members with you to the interview
    2. Be prepared to speak for yourself.
  4. Be Brief
    1. Interview may last only one minute
    2. First impressions are very important
    3. Keep answers short and to the point
    4. Assure the consular officer that your main purpose for coming to the U.S. is to study
  5. Know Information About Why You Want to Attend UC
    1. UC is a Christian University, which emphasizes discipline and good morals.  Most parents feel comfortable sending their children to UC (even if they are not Christians).
    2. UC is fully accredited to offer undergraduate and graduate programs.
    3. UC has a low student to faculty ratio of 16:1, this means more personalized attention in every class.
    4. UC has on-campus residence halls. Students are required to live on campus.
    5. UC is a very safe campus and is located in a small friendly community.
    6. UCcosts less that the majority of other four year U.S. universities, this will ease the burden on your sponsor.
  6. Prepare Documents
    1. Very short interview time
    2. Have documents organized
    3. Have brief explanations only
  7. Know Home Country Regulations
    1. Understand economic problems of your home country
    2. Research visa procedures in your home country
    3. Know future job plans
  8. Maintain a Positive Attitude
    1. Be confident
    2. Be prepared
    3. Speak clearly
    4. Give short answers
  9. In case your request is Denied
    1. Do not engage the consular officer in an argument.
    2. Ask the officer for a list of documents he or she would suggest you bring in order to overcome the refusal.  For more information, click here.
    3. Obtain the reason you were denied in writing.
    4. Make appointment for reapplication.
    5. Contact UC immediately.
  10. For More Information
    1. U.S. Department of State
    2. U.S. Department of Homeland Security
    3. Foreign Embassies of Washington D.C.
    4. U.S. Customs & Border Protection
    5. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement
    6. Special Registration, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement
    7. U.S. Department of State - Visa Denials