Prior to applying for a student visa, prospective nonimmigrant students must pay the SEVIS I-901 fee. For detailed information regarding the SEVIS I-901 fee, visit http://www.fmjfee.com. Upon payment of the fee prospective students will receive a receipt or Form I-797. Students will need to retain a copy of the Form I-797 for submission during the ISSO registration process.
SEVIS Fee Payment
At this time you must pay the SEVIS fee: FmjFee
Make an appointment at the nearest U.S. Embassy or Consulate and be prepared to bring your valid passport (issued by your home country’s government), form I-20 or DS-2019, and evidence of adequate financial resources. You may also need to provide the consular officer with proof of ties to your home country such as job offers, evidence of ownership of residence or property, or copies of bank statements from a bank in your home country. Since visa application requirements vary from country to country please use the links below to obtain exact instructions.
- Student Visa Information from the Bureau of Consular Affairs
- Visa Wait Times
- Download Your Visa Application Form
- Visa Fees
- Frequently Asked Visa Questions
US Embassy/Consulate links
For information regarding visa processes, preparation, and various embassy information visit the following links:
Ask at the U.S. embassy or consulate whether you must have a medical examination and/or immunization(s) before entering the United States. Regulations are different for each country of origin. Inform the U.S. embassy or consulate if you plan to visit other countries before going to the United States because this might affect the requirements for you. Major airlines often can supply information on U.S. entry requirements from other countries. Your doctor also might recommend additional immunizations.
Texas Senate Bill 1107 requires that all new students under age 30 who attend on-campus classes at an institution of higher learning either receive a vaccination against bacterial meningitis or meet certain criteria for declining such a vaccination before the first day of the semester. The requirement also applies to returning students under age 30 who were not enrolled in the previous long semester.
The law states that students who do not qualify for an exemption must be immunized no later than 10 days prior to the first class day. This vaccination is valid for a period of five years. Make sure that yours has not expired. Take action now in order to register on time.
How to provide proof of bacterial meningitis vaccination or exemption
1. The Lamar University IMMUNIZATION RECORD/MEDICAL EXEMPTION FORM that is completed and signed by a physician, his or her designee, or public health official.
2. A document bearing the signature or stamp of a physician, his or her designee, or public health official. This record must state the name of the vaccination, the name and address of the medical facility, and the day, month and year that the vaccination was administered.
3. An official immunization record generated by a state or local health authority. This record must state the name of the vaccination, the name and address of the medical facility, and the day, month and year that the vaccination was administered.
4. An official school record that indicates a current bacterial meningitis vaccination. This record must state the name of the vaccination, the name and address of the medical facility, and the day, month and year that the vaccination was administered.
5. An affidavit or a certificate signed by a physician who is duly registered and licensed to practice medicine in the United States, in which it is stated that, in the physician's opinion, the vaccination required would be injurious to the health and well-being of the student. This document must state the name of the physician and the name and address of the medical facility.
6. An affidavit, which must be signed by the student and notarized, stating that the student declines the vaccination for bacterial meningitis for reasons of conscience, which may include a religious belief. For students living off campus, a conscientious exemption form may be obtained from the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board - Conscientious Objection Form for Students Living Off Campus. For students living on campus, an exemption form must be requested from the Texas Department of State Health Services and may take up to two weeks for delivery by mail - Request for Conscientious Objection Form for Students Living On Campus.
To receive an exemption from the Texas immunization requirement for bacterial meningitis, a signed and notarized affidavit must be submitted. This fully executed form must be filed with the appropriate office of the Higher Education Institution you plan to attend prior to first-time enrollment, including transfer or returning following a break in enrollment at least one fall or spring semester, and upon matriculation by the student. Click here to fill out the Affidavit.
Chapter §97.62 of the Texas Administrative Code (TAC) describes the conditions under which individuals can seek exemptions from Texas immunization requirements. Exclusions from compliance are allowable on an individual basis for medical contraindications, reasons of conscience, including a religious belief, and active duty with the armed forces of the United States.
Exclusions from Immunization Requirements
"Exemption from Immunization for Reasons of Conscience" Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs), Stock # E11-13159, Rev. 07/12
For more information, please use the link below.
Tuberculosis Testing Policy
Lamar University will implement Tuberculosis (TB) testing for all Non US Citizen/Non-Permanent Residents, Intensive English students (i.e., TIEP at Lamar), and any student, faculty or staff meeting high risk criteria. For more information, please check the below form.