The first thing you should do when you receive your admission packet is READ IT. Please read all of the documents in your admission packet. There is a lot of important information about what to do before you arrive.
Get your visa
Contact your U.S. Embassy or Consulate to make a visa appointment.
Pay the SEVIS or DS-160 fee. This is the visa application fee. It is paid to the Embassy or Consulate. It is not paid to or by the ALI.
Go to your visa appointment. Make sure you take these documents:
- I-20 or DS-2019
- Admission letter
- Scholarship letter (if you have one)
- Financial guarantee or bank statement
There may be other documents required depending on your situation; please check with the Embassy or Consulate for more information.
Admission to the university does not guarantee housing. You must arrange housing before you arrive. If you do not have housing when you arrive, you will have to stay in a hotel. Hotels can be expensive. Visit our housing pages for more information about housing options.
Arrange your flight
Make sure you check your start date on your I-20 or DS-2019 and find a flight at least one week before the start date.
Make sure Kansas City is your final destination. The airport code is MCI.
Set up your Online Accounts
Schedule your Check-In Session with ISAO
You must schedule a Check-In Session with ISAO. This session must be attended to complete the immigration check-in process. You will bring your passport, visa and I-20/DS-2019 to the Check-In Session. Go here schedule your ISAO Check-In Session.