Read the Pre-Arrival Information thoroughly prior to applying for your visa.
Make sure your passport is valid for yourself and for any accompanying dependents.
Review all the documents in the pre-arrival packet from ISSS.
Check your DS-2019 form for correct information. If dependents are coming with you, each of them must have their own DS-2019 form.
Contact the U.S. Consulate to schedule an appointment. Ask for additional information about requirements for the visa application appointment. You will probably be able to complete some of the preliminary requirements online.
Pay the SEVIS Fee (if applicable) no later than 3 days prior to the consulate interview. Obtain the SEVIS Fee Receipt. Make an extra copy for your records.
Read the ISSS website for information on "Helpful Suggestions for Your Interview and Security Checks".
Attend the consulate interview. Follow their instructions for waiting for the visa.
Make travel arrangements. Contact your department to let them know when you expect to arrive.
If you are financially sponsored by an organization other than Emory, notify the organization of your plans.
Make sure that you know what kind of health insurance you will have while in the U.S. Obtain a letter written in English to certify that you (and any dependents with you) have health insurance for your entire visit in the U.S.
Obtain copies of important medical and dental records, x-rays, and prescriptions written in generic terms for you and any accompanying dependents.
Obtain certificates of immunizations and vaccinations for you and any accompanying dependents. (These will be required for any children enrolling in school in the U.S.)
Obtain copies of financial documents that show how you will be supported while you are at Emory. You may be asked for these at the border.
We recommend that you have ready access to $2,000-$2,500 US to cover costs on the way to Emory and during your first month in the U.S. If you choose to purchase traveler’s checks, remember to keep the receipt separate from the actual traveler’s checks.
Talk to your colleagues and friends who may have visited the U.S., or perhaps with someone you know who lives in the U.S. They may have helpful advice and information for you.
Notify your hosting department at Emory and ISSS to let them know that you have obtained your visa and the date you plan to arrive.
Read the Survival Guide on the ISSS website for information on housing, banking, adjusting to a new culture, living in the United States, bringing your family, enrolling children in school, childcare, transportation, and other information.