Student Visa


International students are required to obtain a visa to study at Seattle University.

After submitting the exchange application, students will be assigned a SEVIS ID number. This information will be included in the student’s Official Acceptance packet that will be sent to their intuitution's Exchange Program Liasion. Students can then make an appointment with the US Embassy ( ) and pay the SEVIS fee ( Students must present proof of SEVIS payment during their visa interview.

*The waiting time for an interview appointment for applicants can vary, so students are strongly encouraged to schedule their interview appointment as soon as they receive their acceptance packet from Seattle University.*



Be sure to bring the following documents with you when entering the US

  • Your Passport with J-1 Visa
  • Your SEVIS Form DS2019
  • Evidence of financial support from the sponsor who is listed on your DS 2019
  • Evidence of your student status, such as your letter of acceptance or class schedule
  • Receipt of your $200 SEVIS fee paid
  • Contact information for the International Student Center
    ISC's office number is +1-206-296-6260 
    • If the border officer asks for a name of a school official from Seattle University, you can give one of the following International Student Advisor's names: Dale Watanabe (Director), Lauren Albano, Sabeen Chaudhry, and Marie Johnston.
  • NEW STUDENTS: Remember NOT to open the sealed envelope given to you by the US Consular Officer.


Check in and report to the International Student Center (ISC) in the Student Center Pavilion, Room 160, upon your arrival so that we can report your enrollment to immigration in the SEVIS database.


Check with International Student Center for more information about traveling in the US while studying at Seattle University.

Maintaining Status - International Student Center