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The Student Visa Process

Babson College provides student immigration documents for students who have been admitted into a full-time program.

To enter the United States for educational purposes, most full-time undergraduate and graduate international students obtain a Form I-20, receive an F-1 student entry visa, and enter the United States in F-1 student immigration status. J-1 Status may be an alternative to F-1 status for certain degree-seeking students who meet the qualifications for J-1 status. View the Comparing F-1 and J-1 Status page for additional details and email if you wish to pursue J-1 status.

Exchange students coming to Babson for a semester or academic year through partner institutions will receive separate instructions for obtaining a Form DS-2019 for their J-1 visa process.

Degree-seeking students should following the steps outlined below. The Glavin Office is not able to process your immigration document request more than four months prior to the start date of your academic program and not until the first deposit was received and all conditions for admission have been met.

  • Passport identification and expiration page(s)
  • Evidence of funding
  • If applicable:
    • Passport identification page(s) for any dependent family member(s)
    • Students in the U.S. on the F-1 visa will need to submit current entry visa and Form I-20
    • Individuals in the U.S. in a visa category other than F-1 or J-1 will need to submit a copy of current entry visa
  • Request a Form I-20/Form DS-2019 from Babson College
  • Once your request is complete, your Form I-20/Form DS-2019 will be mailed within two weeks**. You will receive a tracking number via email. Please do not contact ISSS within the two-week processing window. If more information is needed, you will receive an email.

**Due to temporary allowances under COVID-19, Form I-20s will be emailed to students at their Babson email. Form I-20s will be printed and used for the student visa process and for entry to the U.S. 

Follow the detailed instructions on paying the SEVIS fee. You must pay this fee before starting the visa application process. Make sure to keep proof of payment for your records.

  • Specific instructions on scheduling an interview at your local U.S consulate/embassy can be found on the specific consulate/embassy's website.
  • Apply for your visa as early as possible after receiving your Form I-20 or Form DS-2019.
  • Prepare for your interview using the information and videos found on the 10 Points to Remember page.
  • Report your visa appointment information, along with updates throughout the process using Babson's Visa Reporting Tool (at the bottom of this webpage).
  • As applicable, follow local office procedures for scheduling an emergency appointment after scheduling an initial interview date (based on your program start date listed on your Form I-20 or Form DS-2019)
Canadian or Bermudian citizens are not required to apply for an F-1/J-1 entry visa but must still pay the SEVIS I-901 fee and request entry to the U.S. in F-1/J-1 status upon arrival.

Confirm with the consulate/embassy what documentation is required. Below is a general checklist:

    • Passport valid at least six months into the future
    • Original Babson Form I-20 or Form DS-2019 (with your signature on page 1)
    • Proof of admission to Babson (letter demonstrating your full admission without conditions)
    • Completed and signed visa application form(s)
    • Photograph(s) in the prescribed format
    • Receipt of visa fee(s) payment
    • Evidence of funding sufficient to cover your tuition and living expenses during the first year of your program
    • Any information that proves that you will return to your home country after finishing your studies in the U.S. This may include proof of property, family, or other ties to your community.

Again, prepare for your interview using the information and videos found on the 10 Points to Remember page and update information using the Babson Visa Reporting Tool once you receive a decision.

Note: An entry visa allows a foreign citizen to travel to a U.S. port of entry and request permission from the U.S. immigration officer to enter the U.S. It does not automatically guarantee entry into the U.S.

Note: Students who had their immigration record transferred from another U.S. school do not need to depart/re-enter the U.S. between programs.

  • Orientation schedules vary by program and will be communicated from other Babson offices. New student immigration session information about maintaining lawful F-1 or J-1 status in the U.S. will be communicated out accordingly.
  • You are required to provide copies of your immigration documents upon arrival to the U.S.

Babson Visa Reporting Tool

Incoming F-1 or J-1 students can report and provide ongoing updates related to U.S. visa application progress and planned U.S. arrival information. Log in with your Babson credentials.