Over the next few weeks, the Office of International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) will be sending emails about important information that must be followed in order to ensure a smooth transition from your home country to life as a student in the U.S.

The following are some extremely important tasks related to your student visa that must be completed well before your departure date to Binghamton:

  • If you do not have a valid U.S. student visa, you must apply for one at the U.S. embassy or consulate where you permanently reside. You should apply for your visa well in advance to your departure for Binghamton. You must have proof of paying the Federal SEVIS I-901 Fee when you appear for your visa interview. (Note: The only exception to this is for Canadian citizens, who do not need to apply for the visa stamp. That said, Canadian citizens are still required to produce their passport, I-20, and SEVIS fee receipt upon entry). Information about the SEVIS fee payment can be found online at:

  • You must present the visa officer with an I-20 or DS-2019 issued by Binghamton University. You cannot apply for a U.S. visa using another school's I-20 or DS-2019 if you attend to enroll at Binghamton.

  • Other documents that you must bring with you to your visa interview include:

  • Your passport (valid at least 6 months into the future)

  • Required photo(s)

  • Visa fee or proof of visa fee payment

  • U.S. non-immigrant visa application forms (unless you complete it at the consulate or embassy)

  • Binghamton admission letter

  • Test scores and academic records

  • Proof of English proficiency

  • Proof of financial support

  • Evidence of ties to your home country

  • There may be other documents required by the embassy or consulate. It is recommended that you research the U.S. embassy or consulate in your area for detailed information prior to your visa interview. You can find a complete list here:

If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact the ISSS at

We look forward to meeting you soon!

Best Wishes,
The Office of International Student and Scholar Services

Last Updated: 8/28/14