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Student visas in the United States

Everyone studying in the United States must have a visa. Start the process as early as possible - it can be both detailed and time-consuming.

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Important information:

You are solely responsible for applying for a visa.

Visa applications are submitted to the U.S. Embassy in Oslo.   

Contact the U.S. Embassy if you have questions. 

Where do you want to go?

You alone are responsible for contacting the embassy and applying for a visa. UiS will help you get the necessary papers and documentation and will provide guidance to students.  

The American universities typically host students who have an F-1 type visa (student visa) or a J-1 type visa (exchange visitor). They will issue an I-20 or DS-2019 depending on the visa type.  

I-20 = F-1  

DS-2019 = J-1  

Summary of the application process: 

1. Pay the SEVIS fee  

Once you have received the I-20 or DS-2019, you must first pay SEVIS fees in the amount of about USD 200. You do this here: Form I-901 

2. Apply for a visa and make an appointment for an interview 

All applicants must show up in person for an interview at the United States Embassy in Oslo.   

You can find detailed information about the visa application procedure on the official website  

Visa type F-1 

Visa type J-1 

Visa application (DS-160) 

Cost: About NOK 1,500 (subject to change)  

Please note that J-1 entails a two-year "quarantine" after your stay before you can apply for a permanent work or residence permit in the United States. The quarantine applies only if the student receives financial support from government agencies, such as the Norwegian Educational Loan Fund. 

More information about outbound exchange