Congratulations on your admission to George Mason University. We are looking forward to welcoming you when you arrive on campus to begin school. We know you have a lot to do and probably have many questions about preparing to leave home and travel to Fairfax. Please read the following information carefully. It will provide you with the information you need and answer most of your questions.
Your name and date of birth should match the information in your passport. If you find any errors on your I-20 or DS-2019, contact OIPS immediately.
We strongly recommend that you pay the SEVIS fee online. If you are unable to do so, you may also pay by mailing an I-901 form to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). F and J dependents are not required to pay the SEVIS fee. For more information go to: www.fmjfee.com.
Please consult with your local U.S. Consulate to schedule a visa appointment. For a list of U.S. Consulates abroad and visa wait times, visit: http://www.usembassy.gov/
You will need to complete a visa application and pay the MRV fee which is a minimum of $131. Be sure to consult with your local U.S. Consulate for country specific requirements. For more information go to: http://travel.state.gov/visa.
Dependents must provide proof of relationship to the primary visa applicant (spouse or child). We recommend that primary visa applicants and their dependents apply for the visa at the same time.
Most visa interviews last approximately 5 minutes. During the visa interview, it is important for you to demonstrate to the officer your plans of study, your “non-immigrant intent,” ties to your home country and your plans to return home after the completion of your program. They may ask you questions such as:
Remember to be honest and be yourself. First impressions are important!
Most of the time a decision on whether the visa is granted or denied is made during the interview. For some students, a security clearance may be required. Processing times for clearances vary.
Please contact an OIPS advisor if you are subject to a security clearance or if your visa has been denied under 214b (non-immigrant intent).