Visas for the US

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F-1 Student Visa

For Study in the United States (Spring semester) 
All international participants must apply for a nonimmigrant student visa at a US Embassy/Consulate to start their Spring 2014 semester in the US at Northeastern University. For information regarding the requirements for a US Student Visa, please contact your nearest Embassy or Consulate directly.

International students receive an information sheet detailing the application process for a student (F-1) visa with their admissions letter. The first step requires international students to submit certain paperwork, including the Declaration of Finances form to Northeastern. Once students submit the required documentation, they will then receive their I-20. While our on-site staff can assist in connecting participants with the nearest US Embassy while in San José, students must research whether they are able to apply for their F-1 Student Visa while in Costa Rica prior to their arrival in Boston. Failure to conduct this type of research can seriously complicate the F-1 visa process. Participants must be prepared to arrive to campus in Boston by early January 2014. Students will receive an email indicating the exact arrival date and process in mid-October.

If students have any questions regarding the visa application process they can contact Northeastern’s International Student and Scholar Institute (ISSI) at