6: Visas and Immigration

How to Apply for a Visa

Before you can enter the United States, you need to apply for and obtain a visa. Here are the steps to follow to apply for a visa:

  1. Pay the required SEVIS fee. Note that you must have an I-20 Form to pay this fee. UH Hilo sends you an I-20 Form in the mail. Use the SEVIS ID number in the upper right corner of your I-20 Form when you complete the SEVIS fee form (called the I-901 form). To pay the fee, click here.
  2. Complete and submit the online visa application form. The visa application form is called the DS-160 form.