Outside the U.S.? Applying for Your U.S. Visa

Congratulations on your admission to Yale! OISS will begin processing the visa documents for newly admitted students after we have confirmation of your admission from your school. The steps listed below are for students who are outside the U.S. and will be applying for a F-1 or J-1 student visa to attend Yale.

If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact our office using this email address set up specifically for new students: newstudents.oiss@yale.edu.

Yale College students should contact their designated adviser at ozan.say@yale.edu.

Important Note:
Do not book a flight until you have your visa in hand.

Preliminary Steps


Apply for Your Visa

For Canadians Special Note For Canadians:
You do not need to apply for a U.S. visa. Learn about what you will need here.

Once you have your SEVIS number, you can start the visa application by completing the DS-160 online application and scheduling an appointment at the embassy or consulate. Follow the links below to learn more.


Next Steps

Follow the instructions below depending on your visa type.