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Northwest Missouri State University

Visa/I-20 - Timeline

I Have my I-20, now what?

Step 1: Getting your visa - The most interesting part

You will need to make a visa appointment  with the US Embassy or Consulate in your country of citizenship or permanent residence. This cannot be done without first receiving your I-20 form and paying your I-901 fees. You will need to take all of the necessary documents (originals) that you prepared for Admission to the Embassy as follows.

  1. A current valid passport (if Canadian not required to have a visa)
  2. A SEVIS Form I-20 for the F-1 visa (you are holding a SEVIS I-20 if there is a barcode on it)
  3. I-901 fees receipt (go to to pay using a credit card)
  4. Your Northwest Missouri State University acceptance letter
  5. Certified evidence of financial support for your education and other expenses
  6. Two passport size photos
  7. Non-immigrant Visa application forms (DS-156, 7, 8 etc. varies by gender and country)
  8. Visa fee in the currency accepted by the US consulate/embassy
  9. Transcripts of your previous education
  10. TOEFL, GMAT or GRE score sheets

I have my visa, now what?

Step 2: Plan your housing and send health forms

  1. Exchange students are encouraged to live on-campus. All first time freshman (year 1 of Bachelors Degree) students under 21 years old are required to live on Campus!!! If you choose to live off-campus, it will be difficult to find apartments when you arrive in Maryville.
  2. Send your Residential Life Form (Required for all freshmen)
  3. Send Health Form along with application packet. Fill out the health form and bring with you to when you arrive at Northwest

Planning your trip

Step 3: Planning your trip & reserving airport pickup

Arrival days for the fall are always the Tuesday and Wednesday before the first day of class. Arrival days for spring always fall on the Wednesday and Thursday before the first day of class.Please contact International Involvement Center for summer arival days by e-mailing us at

Please arrive during those days - there is no advantage or cost saving by coming early, but you must NOT arrive AFTER these days.

Inform us of your arrival date and time by submitting the Shuttle Sign-Up Form. 

Things I need to bring to the U.S.

Step 4: Documents to bring with you to Northwest Missouri State University

Step 5: Pack your bags

Remember that there is a 23kg/50 lbs max per bag - and 1 checked bag are allowed per passenger plus a laptop bag

Bring clothing to suit extreme temperatures depending on your arrival time. Click HERE to get an idea of how the weather will be in Maryville.

Step 6: Flying and Immigration Check

Step 7: Pick up your baggage and continue to Kansas City

  1. After you clear immigration, collect your bags from the carousel, go through customs and give your blue form to the officer, and take them to be rechecked for your connecting flight.
  2. Go to the gate where you will fly to Kansas City.
  3. Once you reach Kansas City International Airport, look for people holding a sign, which either displays your name or reads "Northwest Missouri State University." (If you have properly notified us) You will have to pick up your bags from the airport baggage claim and again check it in for your next flight to Kansas City.
  4. You will be taken to your respective residence hall.

Step 8: Orientation Report to the International Involvement Center

Please report to the front desk for your check-in and registration process.

Mandatory exchange student orientation begins that day for all students new to Northwest. You will be guided through registration and informative sessions throughout your orientation process.

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