International students at the University of Virginia are subject to U.S.
Department of Homeland Security (DHS) regulations. Prospective non-immigrant students applying to enter this institution from abroad, or who are already in the U.S.A., are personally responsible for complying with DHS regulations. University policy states: "To enroll at the University a foreign national student must be lawfully present in the United States based on U.S. federal immigration law and any visa status held must not prohibit the desired University enrollment." Most international students attending the University of Virginia use either the F-1 or J-1 visa. Evidence of financial capability in support of a visa application will be requested only after an offer of admission is made to the applicant. After receipt of acceptable financial affidavits, the International Student & Scholar Programs Office of the University of Virginia will send the applicant a form I-20 (required for the F visa) or a form DS-2019 (required for the J visa). Visa applications are made at the U.S. Embassy or Consulate in the applicant's country of residence. Students receiving Fulbright awards must work directly with their home country's binational or Fulbright commissions to receive a form DS-2019, the document necessary for the J-1 entry visa.
Questions related to entry visa matters should be directed to:
International Student & Scholar Programs
2nd Floor Minor Hall
University of Virginia
Charlottesville, Virginia 22903
Phone: (434) 982-3010
Fax: (434) 982-3011
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