Basic Info about F-1 and J-1 Visa Application Process
Congratulations on being accepted to Pacific Lutheran University! With your I-20 or DS-2019, you may now start your process to apply for F-1 or J-1 student visa.
Each US embassy and US consulate sets its own interview policies and procedures regarding student visas—consult with your local U.S. embassy and consulate offices for specific instructions.
Plan ahead! Keep in mind that June, July and August are the busiest months in most consular sections, and interview appointments are the most difficult to get during that period. F-1 visa application can be submitted 120 days prior to program start date. There is no restriction on when J-1 visa application can be submitted.
If you are successful at the interview and granted for a student visa, you should be able to receive your visa within the wait time set by the U.S. Embassy. Check the regular visa wait time here.
After receiving your student visa, please contact PLU Office of Admissions for notification. For undergraduate students, contact International Admission (firstname.lastname@example.org). For graduate students, contact Ms. Pat Wodaege (email@example.com)