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I-20, Passport and F-1 Student Visa

Obtain I-20 (Certificate of Eligibility for Nonimmigrant Student Status)

Once admitted and after submitting proof of financial responsibility, students will receive an I-20, which is for applying for a visa interview. This document is proof of the student's eligible student status and will be provided by Doane University.


It is the student's responsibility to maintain a current passport. For entry to the U.S., your passport must be valid for at least six months before your date of entry. If you have questions or concerns regarding your F-1 status, visit the Office of International Programs Office.

F-1 Student Visa

  1. Pay SEVIS I-901 Fee
  2. Make an appointment with the U.S. Consulate for a VISA interview
    Visit or for information about the application process and required documentation. You can apply up to 120 days before the report date on your I-20. At your application appointment, you will need: 
  • I-20 and letter of admission
  • Receipt of payment on the SEVIS I-90 fee
  • Receipt of payment of Machine Readable Visa (MRV) fee
  • Visa reciprocity fee, if required
  • Completed Visa Application
  • Proof of financial responsibility
  • Proof of English proficiency
  • Passport-sized photos
  • School reports, mark sheets, transcripts, test scores, etc