5 Steps to Applying for an F-1 Visa

In order to study a university degree in the United States, it is necessary to obtain an F-1 visa. Little by little the dates are approaching when our students must go to the U.S. Embassy in Madrid to obtain their visas.

Therefore, below we will explain the 9 steps necessary to obtain the appointment at the Embassy:

1. Original I-20 document sent by the American university. to the student-athlete once he/she is officially admitted. From that moment on, you will be able to request an appointment at the Embassy.

Valid passport with two blank pages.

3. Acceptance letter: Letter from the university indicating that you have been accepted.

4. Complete the following application forms:

a) DS-160: Website: https://ceac.state.gov/genniv/ The DS-160 application form must be completed “online” and then printed out using the instructions on the page.

b) SEVIS Fee: All foreign students are required to pay the SEVIS fee, which costs $350.

VISA application (https://ais.usvisa-info.com/en-es/niv) and choice of the day of the appointment at the Embassy by checking the availability on the web calendar. Urgent appointments can be requested, if this is the case. Applicants for a nonimmigrant visa must pay a non-refundable application fee of the equivalent of US$160 in euros (about €140).

Once you have done all the steps we remind you that for your appointment at the embassy you must bring:

a) A recent photograph, size 5 cm x 5 cm with white background (it can be taken at the Embassy, but it is preferable to bring it already taken). At the embassy it costs 5€.

b) Documentation demonstrating that you are able to cover your personal and educational expenses in the United States (the bank statement letter (the one we use to apply to the university) or proof of scholarships or grants (the I-20 that you will take to the Embassy will show the amount of scholarship that the university gives you).

c) Academic documentation. The Consular Officer may require documentation regarding the academic level (just in case, bring your high school, college, TOEFL and SAT scores). We have never seen them ask for it, but they can do it so it is best to carry it.

Embassy address:
U.S. Embassy in Madrid
75 Serrano Street
28006 Madrid, Spain
Phone: 91-587-2200
Fax: 91-587-2303

We recommend that you put all these documents in a folder and use it for travel as they may be requested at any time while traveling.

If you have any questions or need help with your visa application, please do not hesitate to contact us at info@maeducationusa.com, where we will provide you with more detailed advice.