Immigration and Visa Information
The privileges and responsibilities of a foreign
national in the United States of America depend on the type of visa held. Therefore, is
important to ensure that international graduate students obtain the appropriate visa.
Obtaining a Visa
To obtain a visa, you
should present to the nearest United States Consulate in your country the
- A Form I-20 (F-1) or a Form DS-2019 (J-1) issued
by Northern Arizona University and your admission letter;
- A valid passport;
- Receipt of the SEVIS fee Form I-901 payment; AND
- Proof of financial support, as stated on the
Certificate of Eligibility.
It is also not advisable to enter the United States on a visitor's visa and then later request to change this to a student visa. Please note that these requests are usually denied.
Students under H-1B Visa Status
Prospective students under a H-1B visa are required to provide a copy of their current H-1B visa and official documentation from their employer verifying the academic studies are incidental to their employment. The Graduate College will request this information and provide instructions upon receipt of the student's application.
Visas for Your Spouse and Children
Your spouse and children may be issued F-2 or J-2 visas at
this time, provided you are able to provide evidence of your ability to support
dependents. Please be aware that it is illegal for spouses on F-2 visas to work
while in the United States. Spouses with J-2 visas may only work with
permission from the United States Immigration and Naturalization Service.
Maintaining Your Visa
United States immigration regulations require that, as the
holder of a student visa, you maintain student status by enrolling in an
academic program on a full-time basis; this means you must complete a minimum
of nine semester hours of credit each semester.