When you receive your notification of acceptance to West Virginia University, the next step is to apply for a visa. You will need to have a WVU issued I-20 or DS-2019 to make your consular appointment for your visa. In order to obtain an I-20 or DS-2019 you will need to submit the following items to International Students and Scholars Services:
- The biodata page of your valid passport
- English translated financial documents certified and stamped to show your ability to meet at least one year (12 months) of study in the U.S. Financial documents should be no more than 6 months old.
- Your foreign/home country address which is required to be printed on your I-20 or DS-2019
- Current address where you want your I-20 or DS-2019 mailed to (if different from above) along with a current telephone number
You will receive an email soon after your admission notification with guidelines on how to submit all the above information including uploading of attachments. Your documents will be reviewed. If they meet our requirements, an I-20/DS-2019 will be issued and sent via FedEx to the mailing address you submitted.
It’s important to submit a mailing address which will not be changing in at least 2-3 months
Your official admission letter along with your I-20 or DS-2019 will be sent to you in approximately two (2) weeks by International Students and Scholars Services ONLY if you have provided all the required documents outlined above.
Information about U.S. consulate policies, procedures, and requirements can be obtained from the U.S. Department of State.