Processes and issues surrounding immigration can be a little stressful and confusing. Our trained and experienced student immigration officer Fumi Cheever is ready to meet with you to help you through the process. We invite you to email Fumi to set up a virtual meeting.
Students should be prepared to begin the visa application at the closest U.S. Embassy or Consulate without delay.
The general guidelines are as follows:
- Sign and date page 1 of the I-20 document, or DS-2019 form from Missouri Western State University.
- Contact U.S. Consulate to schedule for an appointment for visa interview.
- Prepare for your Visa appointment.
- Collect all necessary documentation and BRING to the interview:
- Passport – must be valid for at least six months at any point of your studies in the U.S.
- Original I-20 or DS-2019 documents
- Proof of SEVIS I-901 payment
- Receipt for Visa application fee or DS-160 confirmation page
- Original financial supporting documentations showing proof of funding for your studies
- MWSU admission letter
- Other University application materials such as the TOEFL or IELTS test score, official academic transcript or degree certificate, etc.
- Combination of documentations that shows strong ties to home country. For example, official copy of bank statement showing account balance, parents with proof of stable source of income, marriage certificate, properties, and real estates
During the visa interview be prepared to:
- Show proof of any documentations, when asked. Bring more supporting documents than is needed.
- Discuss and explain your personal interest in the major or degree program.
- Provide the compelling reasons you have chosen to enroll at Missouri Western State University. For example, you find the admission office staff was very helpful, nice and friendly people, safe and welcoming environment, or your family can afford the tuition cost, or because of the scholarship, etc.
- Talk about you, your family, and your educational aspiration in a short and concise summary.
- The best advice from current international students are to be answer truthfully, be yourself and be authentic!
- Additional tips
The PORT OF ENTRY into the United States is generally the first international airport for flights coming from overseas. It typically has a staff of officials who check passports and visas, and inspect luggage for your safety and security. Prepare your documents for travel to present to the Border Patrol officer at the Port of Entry. Keep the documents in your hand luggage or shoulder bag; do NOT put them in your checked baggage or luggage!
- MWSU original I-20, or DS-2019 form
- MWSU admissions letter
- A valid passport
- Financial documentation, and/or proof of transfer of funds
- A copy of the SEVIS fee payment receipt
- If available, paper copy of MWSU classes schedule
International students can apply for a variety of part-time jobs on campus.
Practical Training Opportunities
One of the important benefits of the F-1 student status is practical training (PT). It allows you to apply for temporary employment in your field of study. Practical Training is a privilege of F-1 status for which some F-1 students may qualify; it is not an entitlement of F-1 status. It may be available to F-1 students both before and after completing a course of study.
International students will be assigned a Social Security Number if they are approved for a job on campus.
All on-campus and off-campus student employment positions are managed by the Handshake system. Both on-campus and off-campus employment opportunities are posted to the site. Many of the on-campus positions require that students have Federal Work Study as part of their financial aid package. You can access the Handshake system through your Goldlink student portal.
There are a variety of on-campus jobs. You can work in the library, fitness center, dining hall, food court, recreation services or one of the computer labs (just to name a few). If office work is more your style, almost every office on campus hires student workers, including some professors and even the President.
International students are not allowed to work off-campus under a J or F class visa. The university does offer opportunities for training and internships at off-campus organizations, but must first be approved by your academic advisor and the International Center office.