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To help international students at Gannon University maintain the
proper status and file the necessary paperwork, we have outlined
several concerns to be addressed and steps that must be taken
below. They include:
International students must obtain a passport from their
government under whatever regulations apply in their home country
for permission to travel abroad and re-enter their home country.
The passport, which also serves as proof of identification, must be
kept valid at all times. If it expires while you are in the United
States, revalidate it through your country's Consulate or Embassy
as soon as possible. Your passport should remain valid until at
least 6 months after your program end date. If you lose your
passport, file for a replacement at your Consulate or Embassy.
All F-1 visa applicants are required to pay a SEVIS fee of US
$350; All J-1 visa applicants are required to pay a SEVIS fee of
$220. (This is in addition to any application fees that must be
paid at the US Embassy/Consulate). This I-901 SEVIS fee is required
by the US Department of Homeland Security to fund the Student and
Exchange Visitor Information System or SEVIS. This fee is NOT
required by Gannon University; it is required by the United States
government. The SEVIS fee must be paid BEFORE you visit the US
Embassy/Consulate for your F-1 or J-1 visa appointment. You will be
required to provide proof of payment to the US Embassy/Consulate in
order to have your appointment. The proof of payment is the receipt
that you will receive after you pay the fee.
The SEVIS fee can be paid for by one of two ways:
I-901 Student/Exchange Visitor Processing Fee
PO Box 970020
St. Louis, MO 63197-0020
I-901 Student/Exchange Visitor Processing Fee
1005 Convention Plaza
St. Louis, MO 63101
(United States Country Code 011)
NOTE: The SEVIS fee is non-refundable even if you are denied the
F-1 visa. However, if you reapply for a new F-1 visa within 12
months of the denial, you will not have to pay the fee again.
For more information regarding the SEVIS fee, please visit the
following web page: www.fmjfee.com
To enter the United States, international students (except for
Canadian citizens) and their accompanying dependents (spouse and/or
children) must obtain a visa stamp from a U.S. Consulate or
Embassy. Depending upon diplomatic relations between the U.S. and
your country, the visa stamp will be issued for either one, two, or
multiple entries and will have a specific expiration date after
which a new U.S. visa stamp must be obtained to enter or re-enter
the United States. The expiration date does not determine how long
you may stay in the United States. You may remain in the U.S. with
an expired visa stamp as long as you follow procedures to maintain
Ordinarily, students studying in the United States obtain F-1
student visas or J-1 exchange visitor visas and their accompanying
dependents obtain F-2 or J-2 visas, respectively. If parents,
in-laws, aunts, uncles, siblings, etc. will accompany you to the
U.S., these individuals will not qualify for a dependent visa. In
most cases they must obtain a B-2 (Tourist) visa.
United States Consulates and Embassies establish their own
procedures for visa applications. You should determine in advance
the procedures at the U.S. Consulate or Embassy where you will
apply for your visa. Generally, students are required to present
their passports, complete a visa application form, and submit a
Certificate of Eligibility (I-20 or DS-2019) with original or
notarized copies of the guarantee of financial support.
You should be prepared to submit original documents of financial
guarantee that you submitted to Gannon, to the Consulate or
Embassy, if required. Consulate or Embassy staff will review your
study intentions and ask that you provide proof that you are coming
to the U.S. temporarily for the purpose of studying and that you
intend to return home upon completion of your studies. If you meet
these criteria, you will be issued the appropriate student visa
(F-1 or J-1). Qualifying dependents will be issued F-2 or J-2
The most common grounds for denial of a visa are inability to
prove intent to return home and inadequate financial
You are expected to attend the college or university which
issued the Certificate of Eligibility (I-20 or DS-2019) that you
presented to obtain your visa. The name of the school is usually
marked on the visa page of your passport. If you have already
obtained a visa other than F-1 or J-1 in your passport, you should
be aware that entering the U.S. on that visa may jeopardize your
ability to become a student.
If you have a B-2 (Tourist) visa DO NOT use it to enter the U.S.
You must apply for an F-1 or J-1 visa at the U.S. Consulate or
Embassy. However, if the B-2 is marked "Prospective Student" you
may use that to enter the U.S., but you must then apply for a
change of status upon arrival at Gannon University.
If you are the citizen of a country eligible for the Visa Waiver
Pilot Program, which enables entry into the U.S. for up to 90 days
without a visa stamp in the passport, DO NOT enter the U.S. under
this program. Changes of status after arrival in the U.S. are
prohibited. You must apply for an F-1 or J-1 visa at a U.S.
Consulate or Embassy.