Source: Oct 20, 2020 cdc.gov
University of Colorado Denver
Anschutz Medical Campus
To ensure a successful start to your academic career at the University of Colorado Denver, you will find detailed information regarding the next steps as you prepare for departure to the U.S. and upon arrival in Denver. In addition, you will find information about various topics, such as the visa application process, coming to the U.S. port of entry, housing, health insurance, academic advising, registering for classes, and much more.
For more information, make sure to complete the Required Online International Student Orientation.
Note: for VISA application, currently, ISSS is monitoring embassies and consulates and their ability to issue visas for the upcoming semesters. ISSS will communicate any updates we are aware of regarding your courses.
Contact ISSS if you have any questions regarding immigration and VISAs.
On behalf of the International Student & Scholar Services (ISSS) unit within the Office of International Affairs (OIA), we are excited to have you join us for the upcoming academic year! You will soon become part of an international community that includes nearly 1,500 international students and scholars of almost 100 different countries. We trust you will find your time here rewarding and complementary to your personal and professional goals.
Students applying for F-1 or J-1 visas for initial attendance at a university must first pay the I-901 SEVIS fee of $350 for F-1 students and $220 for J-1s. We recommend that you pay the fee on-line. This fee should be paid prior to making a visa appointment at the U.S. Embassy or Consulate. F-2 and J-2 spouses and dependent children DO NOT have to pay this fee. You must take your fee receipt for proof of payment to your visa appointment. Payments can be made on-line by using a credit card, by mail or by Western Union. If paying by Western Union or mail, please keep in mind that it will take several weeks to get a receipt; please pay this fee early to avoid delays. Please visit www.fmjfee.com to pay the fee and complete an I-901 form.
If you have applied to more than one school, you must decide which school you will attend and pay the SEVIS fee using that school’s information. If you are denied a visa, you cannot get a refund of your SEVIS fee. If you decide to reapply for a visa within the next 12 months, you will not have to pay the fee again.
You should also make an appointment as soon as possible with the US Consulate where you will be applying for your student visa. You must enter the country BEFORE the reporting date on your I-20 or DS-2019. In fact, you can enter the U.S. up to 30 days before the reporting date. Arriving early will allow you time to settle into the Denver area before the start of school. You can go to the Department of State to see the estimated wait time for the Embassy or Consulate nearest you. The visa can be issued up to 120 days before the reporting date on your documents.
Be prepared for the visa interview. The officer must assume that each prospective student is planning on staying in the U.S. It is your job to prove otherwise. Any ties to your country – family, jobs, land ownership, etc – will help show that you do plan to return to your home country after you are finished with school. Take any documents that you think will help your case including your original financial documents or letter of sponsorship, but don’t be surprised if the officer does not ask to see anything. The officer will probably spend less than a few minutes with you as well.
You can find specific information about the consulate, appointment process, application forms, and visa fee at the Department of State Website.
After you receive your visa, you may enter the U.S. up to 30-days before the reporting date listed on their immigration document. Make sure that you pack all your important documents in your carry-on luggage.
You can also read more about what will happen at the Port of Entry at the ICE website.
When you travel to the U.S., be prepared with enough of U.S. currency to pay for your first meals, transportation, and incidentals. A credit card that you can us in the United States will also be helpful. Study the US exchange rates prior to your trip to the US so you are prepared to handle your travel and settling expenses.