Immigration & Visa Checklist

All international students admitted to an eligible degree program within HSU will be issued an I-20 Certificate of Eligibility for F-1 student status.

To receive your I-20 you will need to sign up for HSU to ship your document through the SASS-SmartShip website. Once you sign up, select Hardin-Simmons University from the drop down menu to create your I-20 shipment. HSU will receive a shipping label in order to quickly mail your I-20. Once your document has been shipped, you will receive a notification so you can monitor delivery.

You must apply for an entry visa before you can enter the United States with authorized student status.

* If you are a resident alien or permanent resident you do not need to acquire an I-20 and will be considered under domestic status.

To apply for an entry visa, follow these steps:

If you received an “I-20” from the University, you will be applying for an F-1 visa.

New students must pay the SEVIS fee at before applying for an entry visa or entering the United States. This fee is charged by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. You will not be able to pay the fee until you have your I-20 in your possession.

Visit to locate an embassy or consulate in your country.

The local embassy or consulate will have specific instructions for scheduling an appointment. Try to schedule your appointment as soon as possible after receiving your documents.

All visa applicants must provide the following documents to the U.S. embassy or consulate during the application:

  • Unexpired passport valid for six months beyond your intended date of entry.
  • I-20 document
  • Admission letter
  • Documented proof of financial support for at least one year (scholarship or assistantship letter, bank statement, payroll stub, etc.)
  • Receipt of SEVIS fee payment
  • The Nonimmigrant Visa Application, Form DS-160 (available from the U.S. embassy/consulate)
  • Any document requested by the embassy/consulate

Contact the International Admission Office at if you have any questions. We are here to help!