Skip Global Navigation to Main Content
Skip Breadcrumb Navigation
Student (F1, F2)

Below is a summary of the application process. You must use our new appointment system (available beginning August 21) to complete the process.

Application Process

1. Get a visa photo

  • Photos must be 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.
  • The photo must be no older than 6 months.


More Information

2. Complete the online application 

3. 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. 

4. Pay application fees and schedule interview

The visa application fee for F1 and F2 visas is SR608. This nonrefundable fee must be paid BEFORE an interview appointment can be scheduled. The instructions detailing the process are on the new appointment system page. Students must also pay the $200 SEVIS receipt. This can be paid online at

5. 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:

More information on prohibited items

6. 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, with many visas taking up to three months to process. Issued visas will be available for pick up at the Aramex center selected by the applicant at the time the appointment for the interview is made. 

If you need your passport for travel in the near future, we recommend that you take back your passport at the end of the interview.

Individual Passports

  • The U.S. Embassy and Consulates-General in Saudi Arabia will no longer be accepting family passports. Every individual applying for a U.S. visa must have their own passport.
  • Applicants Under 14
    For information on how to apply for a visa for children under 14, click here.