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King Abdullah Scholarship Program

Congratulations on receiving a King Abdullah Scholarship!  We are happy so many of you are going to study in the United States. The U.S. Embassy in Riyadh has set aside December 6, 13, 20 and January 10, 17 exclusively for KASP student interviews. For details on the application process, please see the seven steps below. 

Application Process

1. Get a visa photo

  • Photos must a .jpg between 600x600 and 1200x1200 pixels
  • Photos must be less than 240kb
  • Photos must not be digitally altered
  • You must bring a 5x5cm photo to the embassy

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2. Complete the online application 

3. Schedule an appointment with Visapoint

To help facilitate the large influx of new students, we have reserved the following days exclusively for King Abdullah Scholars:


4. Obtain your I-20

When you obtain admission to a school in the U.S. you will also get a Certificate of Eligibility for Nonimmigrant Student Status (I-20) form. 

The date circled in red is the start date of your program.  You must enter the United States within 30 days before this date. You may not enter before the date was passed.  We do not print visas for entry earlier than 120 days before this date.  If your visa is not ready in time to travel before this date, you will need a new I-20 or an extension letter from your school.

Spouses and children under 21 are eligible to apply for F2 visas. Each individual will need an I-20 with their name on it. 

5. Pay application fees

The visa application fee for F1 and F2 visas is SR532. This nonrefundable fee must be paid BEFORE you come to your interview.

You may pay the application fee at any branch of SAMBA bank in Saudi Arabia. If you have a SAMBA account, you can pay online. You must bring the receipt with you to the visa interview.

Students must also pay the $200 SEVIS receipt. This can be paid online at

All visas are returned via FedEx. You must bring cash to pay for a FedEx envelope, regardless of where you live.

Address in Riyadh   SR65
Address outside Riyadh  SR125

6. Go for the interview

On the day of the interview, only applicants with valid appointments are allowed to enter.  You may enter up to thirty minutes before the time listed on your confirmation sheet.  Only a legal guardian may accompany you into the waiting room, other friends and relatives will not be able to enter.

What to bring:


  • Photo(s)
  • Passport valid for at least 6 months
  • Confirmation page(s) from the DS-160
  • I20 front page copy
  • SAMBA receipt(s)

Supporting Documents:

  • Old passports
  • Scholarship letter or bank documents
  • Transcripts from previous school
  • SEVIS Receipt

 What not to bring:

7. Visa Processing

After your interview, you will be told approximately how long it will take to process and print your visa.  Please remember that this is only an estimate and wait times vary, many visas take up to three months to process.

What Not To Bring

  • What Not To Bring

Important Note

  • Please make sure your DS-160 is filled out accurately and completely to avoid delays.