Before leaving the home country, the applicant must obtain a passport from the home government and a visa from the nearest U.S. Embassy or Consulate.
U.S Embassies in China
If accepted by the University, the student will be sent a letter of acceptance for admission and the appropriate form (I-20) by which a student visa for entry into the United States may be obtained. After receiving the I-20 form, you will need to pay the fee for SEVIS, the Student and Exchange Visitor Information System, as part of the visa application process. The consulate office in your home country will have access to SEVIS to see your records and verify that you have been approved for admission at UHV. After arrival in the United States, you must contact the Office of Admissions and Records to complete the admission process. Students can enter the United States no earlier than 30 days before the I-20 report date.
Students who are in the United States on any visa allowing full-time or part-time study must provide documentation to verify current status. A copy of the student's passport and visa with non-expired dates must be submitted at the time of application to the University along with a copy of the I-94 verifying non-expired dates that are not less than 6 months into the future from the date of the application. Aliens who have been granted resident status in the United States must provide documentation with non-expired dates at the time of the application for admission to the university
SEVIS answers to frequently asked questions can be found online at http://www.ice.gov/sevis/faq.htm
U.S. Visa and Immigration-Related Information can be found online at http://educationusa.state.gov/home/visa-information#question3
Visa application forms are available at http://evisaforms.state.gov/.
The EducationUSA Web site http://educationusa.state.gov/usvisa.htm lists counseling centers that help nonimmigrants prepare for visa interviews.