All exchange students will apply for and enter the United States on a J-1 visa. A J-1 visa is a non-immigrant visa issued by the United States to exchange visitors participating in programs that promote cultural exchange. All applicants must meet eligibility criteria and be sponsored either by a private sector or government program.
You cannot apply for a J-1 visa or pay the SEVIS I-901 fee until you have a SEVIS number, which is provided from our office after acceptable financial documentation has been received.
Coming to OU
To learn more about the process for newly admitted students, follow the links below. For answers to frequently asked questions, click here.
Spring 2022 semester and COVID-19
Currently, spring classes are still expected to begin as expected on January 18. If that changes, or if you're unable to get a visa in time for the fall semester, you will need to contact Admissions to defer to a later semester.
For University of Oklahoma Coronavirus updates and resources, please visit ou.edu/coronavirus.
Step 2: Apply for your visa
After you have been admitted to OU and received your I-20 or DS-2019, please follow the steps below to apply for your student visa. For more information, see the US Department of Homeland Security website, Your Guide to Studying in the States.
Pay I-901 SEVIS fee
Pay the I-901 SEVIS fee at fmjfee.com. The SEVIS fee is not a university fee. This is a one-time fee to the US government and must be paid before you can apply for your F-1 or J-1 visa.
|J-1 exchange visitor||$220 USD|
For more information about this fee, including other options for paying, please visit the SEVP website. You should be able to retrieve a copy of your SEVIS fee payment receipt at www.fmjfee.com regardless of your payment method.
If you have more than one I-20 or DS-2019
Only enter the information for the school you will attend in the US when paying your SEVIS fee and completing your visa application. Changing schools or documents will cause delays in obtaining a visa and entering the US.
Keep a copy of your SEVIS fee payment receipt!
Print two copies of your SEVIS fee payment receipt. Keep one copy for yourself and use the other copy for your visa interview.
Apply for US visa
Next, review the student visas page on travel.state.gov, as well as the instructions at the website of the embassy or consulate where you will apply for a visa. After you receive your visa, check to see that you received the right type of visa and that your name and date of birth are correct and match the information in your passport.
Required travel documents
You will need the following documents to enter the United States:
- US visa
- Certificate of Eligibility (I-20 or DS-2019)
- Proof of admission to OU
- Financial documentation
- SEVIS fee payment receipt
Be sure that you do not pack the above items in your checked luggage.