Admission Documents and Correspondence
Applicants meeting admission requirements will receive their Admission Packet within two weeks, including:
- Admission Letter
- Welcome Letter
- I-20 or DS-2019
- Arrival Instructions
- Health History and Medical Form
Check your email for essential updates and visit the following websites for necessary information:
- Travel.State.Gov: Offers up-to-date information about visas and forms. It is highly recommended that you read this site.
- Education USA: Offers information for international students planning to study in the U.S. and provides support and resources in countries around the world. Visit an Advising Center in your home country to learn what it offers.
- Homeland Security Study in the States: Site offers information and resources for perspective students and current students.
Upon admission to Western Oregon University and demonstrating adequate funds to cover your first year of study in the U.S., you will receive an I-20 or DS-2019 immigration document.
- Double check your I-20 or DS-2019 for spelling errors or mistakes in your name, birth date, or course of study and make sure it matches your passport.
- To avoid potential delays due to lengthy visa processing times and limited appointment availability, it is advisable to apply for a U.S. Visa well in advance. Refrain from purchasing tickets before securing your visa.
- Arrival in the U.S. must align with program dates.
Contact us immediately at firstname.lastname@example.org for any necessary corrections or deferral requests.
Required Documents for Visa Application
- Immigration Form I-20 or DS-2019
- Online Nonimmigrant Visa Electronic Application, Form DS-160.
- Valid Passport.
- 2×2 Photograph.
- Receipts for application fees.
- SEVIS I-901 fee receipt.
Visit the Immigration Documents and Sevis page for more information about immigration documents, comprehensive F-1 and J-1 regulatory information, and a description of the electronic student and exchange visitor information system, and SEVIS.
Other Documents (with certified English translations)
Applicants should be prepared to provide:
- Admission letter from Western Oregon University.
- Transcripts and diplomas from previous educational institutions
- Scores from standardized tests (e.g., TOEFL, IELTS, SAT, GRE, GMAT, etc.) as required by the institution.
- Financial evidence demonstrating adequate funds to cover tuition and living expenses during the intended study period.
- Supporting documents reinforcing your intent to return to your home country after completing studies.
- Any other country-specific documents as needed.
Visa Interview Tips
The Immigration and National Act stipulates strict requirements for student visa applicants. During the visa interview, the consular officer swiftly assesses your eligibility based on the following criteria:
- Possession of a residence abroad with no immediate plan to abandon it.
- Intent to leave the United States upon completing the course of study
- Sufficient funds to support the proposed study program
Anticipate the interview in English and respond concisely, as time is limited. Ensure a confident and polite demeanor as initial impressions significantly impact your outcome.
Note: If you are denied a student visa, get the reasons you were denied in writing and ask the officer for a list of documents he or she would suggest you bring in order to overcome the refusal. Contact the OIED office to see if we can help or if you will need to defer your I-20 or DS-2019 to a future term.
Prior to Arrival
Review the Arrival page for airport details. Wait for your confirmed visa before finalizing travel plans.
Key Points to Note Upon Arrival:
- Expect thorough luggage searches due to security measures. Avoid locked bags and adhere to carry-on liquid limits.
- Secondary inspections may occur, allowing extra time for thorough checks, especially for connecting flights.
- Carry essential documents:
- Admission letter from WOU.
- SEVIS I-901 fee receipt.
- Financial proof.
- Clearly state your purpose and final destination as “attending Western Oregon University in Monmouth, Oregon.”
- For transfer students, explain that your transfer will finalize upon campus arrival and course registration.
- Respond politely and briefly to the immigration officer’s questions.
- Do not volunteer any information which has not been asked for specifically.
- Double-check and collect all your documents before leaving the immigration area.