Get I-20 or DS-1019 from ISSS
To start the visa application process, you will need your TAMU issued I-20/DS-2019. If you don’t have an I-20/DS-2019 yet and have not submitted a request to ISSS yet, click the links below to start your request:
Some students request documents from multiple schools. Keep in mind, if you're entering the U.S. as an F-1 or J-1 for the first time, the school on your visa should say Texas A&M University.
Submit DS-160 Visa Application
After you receive the completion email from ISSS with your SEVIS ID, you can submit your DS-160 Online Nonimmigrant Visa Application
to the U.S. Department of State. See the DS-160 Frequently Asked Questions
for more information.
Pay the SEVIS I-901 Fee
After your I-20/DS-2019 is issued, you will need to pay the required SEVIS Fee. You will need your SEVIS ID and campus/program code from your I-20/DS-2019. ISSS will include this information in the completion email so you can pay the fee before you receive your document.
ISSS strongly encourages you to pay the SEVIS Fee prior to scheduling a visa interview. However, we understand that is not always possible. At a minimum, the SEVIS fee should be paid at least 3 days prior to the visa appointment at the U.S. Embassy/ Consulate. The U.S. Department of State requires proof of the payment before they will issue the requested visa.
Part of your application will include an interview at the consulate/embassy. This interview is for the visa officer to assess why you want to go to the U.S. in a short amount of time. They will verify the information on your I-20/DS-2019 and ask questions about your program and plans. You will be required to speak in English during the interview.