After You've Been Admitted

As you embark on your George Fox University journey, there are critical steps you need to take. Below is a guide to help you prepare for this new adventure.

Steps to Take After You’ve Been Accepted

  1. Complete the online application
  2. Complete an Online Nonimmigrant Visa Application (Form DS-160) and print your application to your interview
  3. Schedule an interview (find your closest embassy or consulate) and be sure to schedule it in advance (tips for a successful interview)
  4. Visit a U.S. embassy or consulate to apply for an F-1 visa and bring with you:
    • Acceptance letter
    • I-20 form (that should have been sent to you)
    • Your SEVIS registration

U.S. Non-Immigrant Information for
International Students

Applying for a Visa

Generally, a citizen of a foreign country who wishes to enter the United States must first obtain a visa. To study at a U.S. college, you need what is classified as an “F” visa. Be sure to apply early, as there is a wait time to obtain one.

Here are some helpful links regarding obtaining a visa.

Note: If you take a flight transit in Canada, you may need a Canada transit visa.


SEVIS is a web-based system for maintaining information on nonimmigrant students and exchange visitors in the United States. It is the core technology for the Department of Homeland Security in this critical mission.

You must pay a SEVIS fee to study in the U.S. Below are links to help guide you in this process.

Two international students studying in the library
Two international students studying in the library

Maintaining Your F-1 Status

It is important to maintain your F-1 student status to study in the U.S. Your status relates to the purpose or reason why you want to come to the country. The U.S. Department of State issues you your visa based on your intended purpose.

Visit this Maintaining F-1 Status page to learn more.

U.S. Consulates Around the World

Visit this U.S. Embassies and Consulates Worldwide page to get detailed information about these resources.

If you have questions, call Kerry Ford, associate director of International Student Services, at 503-554-2643 or