Are you ready to join the UT Martin Family? Here’s a checklist to help you with your next steps!
Make visa appoint
The Department of State issues visas at U.S. Embassies and Consulates. The visa is for entry. It allows you to travel to the United States for a specific purpose. Find the U.S. embassy or consulate nearest to you. First, you need to complete this list:
- Pay $200 I-901 SEVIS fee. Print the receipt.*
- Complete the online Form DS-160 visa application. Print the confirmation page.
- Pay the $160 visa application fee. Print the receipt.
- Obtain acceptable photographs
- Schedule an appointment for your visa interview
You should make your appointment for your visa interview as soon as possible. We cannot send you your I-20 by scanned copy, but we can send you your SEVIS number to make this appointment after you pay your I-901 fee.
*Note: SEVIS will be increasing fees in the coming year. Prices listed on this page may not be accurate.
When you go to your appointment, a consular official will electronically scan your fingerprints. Bring the following documentation to the interview:
- The Form I-20 issued by the University of Tennessee at Martin
- The printed Form DS-160, “Online Nonimmigrant Visa Application,” confirmation page
- Passport valid for at least six months after you plan to enter the United States
- Two-inch by two-inch photo of yourself (learn more about photo requirements)
- Receipt for your $160 visa application fee payment
- Receipt for your $200 I-901 SEVIS fee payment
The visa interview is your opportunity to tell the consulate or embassy officer about your plans while in the United States and what you will do when you have completed your studies. They may ask you for this additional documentation.
- Your admission letter from UT Martin. The Form I-20 verifies this.
- Your financial ability to pay for school and living expenses (the amount shown on Form I-20). You should bring original copies of the financial documents you provided to UTM for proof. These documents are evidence of the preparations you have made to finance your stay (e.g., bank statements).
- You are prepared for the academic program in which you plan to enroll. It is good to bring copies of your high school transcripts, any certificates you have received, etc.
- Your stay in the United States is temporary (you do not intend to stay in the US forever)
- The official may be interested in how you intend to use the education you receive in the United States when you return home.
If you are granted the visa, please email email@example.com and tell us the good news!
Apply for Housing
We make sure campus living is a positive experience! The UT Martin Office of Housing provides a fully- trained staff of residence hall directors and resident assistants who tend to the needs of residents. Students enrolled with fewer than 45 completed credit hours before the first day of fall classes are required to live on campus. Students living in the Tennessee counties of Weakley, Obion, Gibson, Carroll, or Henry and the Kentucky counties of Fulton, Hickman and Graves have the option to commute to campus.
Directions for Housing Applications can be found here.
Deadline: October 1st – August 1st
Submit your Immunization Records or Exemption
All immunization requirements or an immunization exemption must be submitted prior to enrollment in classes through Med+Proctor. Log-in information and detailed requirements are available at www.utm.edu/immunization.
Deadline: Before class enrollment
Provide Proof of Health Insurance
You must prove health insurance valid in the U.S. when you arrive. It is YOUR responsibility to prove that you have health insurance. If you do not, the UT System insurance will be added to your Banner
Deadline: Before arrival
Prepare for your Trip
To prepare for what you should bring, read the International Student Handbook. Degree, exchange and short-term students: Read only from page 11.
Deadline: August 24th
Classes Begin August 24th
Deadline: August 24th