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Once you have received admission to Lehigh University, complete this checklist to make sure you are able to enter the United States and join the Lehigh family.

Before You Arrive


Pay your tuition deposit.

And inform your department of your acceptance to attend Lehigh.


Apply for a valid passport in your home country.

You and your dependents will need valid passports for at least six months beyond the program start date.


Submit the Form I-901.

And pay the SEVIS fee.


Make copies of your financial documents.

You will need to show these during your visa interview, and the immigration officers at the U.S. port of entry may ask to see them as well.


Apply for a student visa at your local U.S. embassy or consulate.

Make sure to use the I-20 or DS-2019 issued by Lehigh University.


Start planning your trip.

Keep in mind that F-1 and J-1 students can only enter the U.S. up to 30 days before the program start date on the I-20 or DS-2019.


Make copies of important medical and dental records.

You may need to provide them to a medical facility in the U.S.


Learn about health insurance requirements. 

Lehigh requires all undergraduate and graduate students to have health insurance, and the federal government requires all J-1 students to have health insurance.


Get your finances in order.

You will need to pay for tuition, health insurance and other expenses in the U.S., so be sure to have a plan before arriving to campus.


Arrange for housing or temporary housing.

If you are going to live off campus and you do not have housing by the time you leave your country, plan to stay in a hotel for a few nights.


Attend a pre-departure orientation at an EducationUSA Advising Center.

These are available in some countries. They are optional but recommended.


Visit the Study Guide to the States.

Learn more about studying in the U.S.


Review our Immigration Protocol before you travel to the United States.

You should also receive a copy of the protocol in the mail.