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1. Requesting an I-20 or DS-2019 (Certificate of Eligibility)Once you have been admitted, please refer to the link in your admission letter to request an I-20 or DS-2019. Using your mix login, you will need to upload the necessary documentation to request your I-20 or DS-2019. You will need:
- your admission letter
- evidence of financial ability to meet expenses (ex. official bank statement) -
- affidavit of support, signed by the sponsor (ex. parent, relatives, etc.)
- passport bio pages
After all your documentation has been submitted, our international student advisers will review it. If they have questions, they will contact you for additional information. Otherwise, your I-20 or DS-2019 will be sent to you via DSL. To check on the progress of your I-20 or DS-2019, please check your internationalservices.wvu.edu account to see if you have received an email with shipping confirmation.
Please note: this process will take longer if your documentation is not complete and correct. Be sure to submit all required documentation.
2. Visa Information
Once you have received your I-20 or DS-2019, you will need to pay the SEVIS fee (instructions are sent with your I-20 or DS-2019). After paying the SEVIS fee, you will need to apply for an F-1 or J-1 visa at a U.S. Embassy or Consulate in your home country using the information located on your I-20 or DS-2019 (ex. SEVIS ID, program dates, and school code). Instructions on how to apply for an F-1 or J-1 visa can be found on the website of the U.S. Embassy or Consulate associated with your home country.
When you have secured an appointment with your U.S. Embassy or Consulate, you will need to prepare for the visa interview. For tips on the interview process, please refer to the information located here.
WVU offers a wide variety of housing options, from traditional residence halls to university-owned apartments. For information on how to sign up for housing, please visit our webpage here.
4. Register for Orientation and Complete Online Learning Module
All newly admitted WVU students are required to attend orientation. You must register for orientation before arriving at WVU as well as complete the online learning module on U.S. rules/regulations and WVU-related policy pertaining to your student status. To register and complete your online learning module, please log into internationalservices.wvu.edu.
5. What to Expect at the Port of Entry
For important information, please go here.
6. Travel to Morgantown
Our office offers a free shuttle prior to orientation. If you wish to make use of this service, you will need complete the pre-arrival questionnaire by logging into internationalservices.wvu.edu.
Otherwise, you may make your own arrangements. More information can be found here.
Emergency Contact Information
International Risk Manager - WVU Office of Global Affairs (304) 293-9456