Students applying for more than one semester
If the term/s the student is enrolled in exceeds 180 days, the student will need to submit additional documentation. Students going for one semester will not have to submit these additional documents, as the length of the term is less than 180 days. Students applying for only one semester, will apply for a long term student visa up to 180 days.
The two additional documents are the following:
1. Background check issued by ONE of the following (depending on method of application this process can take 2-15 weeks to complete). This form must be authenticated with the Apostille of the Hague Convention:
a) State Department of Justice. Original Conviction Information Request Form (from all the States where applicant has lived during the past 5 years). Legalized with the Apostille of the Hague Convention by the corresponding Secretary of the State. Students must contact their corresponding State Department of Justice regarding background check application process.
b) FBI Records, issued by the US Department of Justice - F.B.I. Legalized with the Apostille of the Hague Convention by the US Department of State in Washington DC. Please note that currently the estimated processing time via the FBI is about 15-16 weeks. If timing is of concerned, we would recommend you apply via your State Department of Justice
* Students who currently are enrolled at the Saint Louis University, Missouri Campus can apply for an FBI background check via the Office of Clinical Compliance. Click here for information on the Office of Clinical Compliance at SLU and appointment method. Once the results are completed, they will be sent to the Study Abroad directly. The Study Abroad team will email the student so as to pick up the forms and discuss where the student can obtain the Apostille of the Hague Convention in St. Louis, Missouri,
* Students who currently do not attend the Saint Louis University, Missouri Campus can view FBI background check information directly on the FBI's website by clicking here.
2. Medical Certificate
A recent doctor's statement (not older than 3 months on the doctor's or medical center's letterhead) indicating that the applicant (identified by Passport's First and Last name) has been examined and found free of any contagious diseases according to the International Health Regulation 2005'. Signed by a M.D.
Some consulates may require that this document be authenticated by the Apostille of the Hague convention. Students should check with their specific consulate regarding if they will need to complete this step or not. Students using the SLU Visa Service will not need this document to be authenticated with the Apostille of the Hague conventiuon. If the student is applying outside of the SLU Visa service are required to obtain said authentication, they should check with their doctor if they can notarize this document at his/hers office. If a notary is not available in the doctor's office,the student will have to have the document notarize after they obtain the medical certificate.
How to obtain the Apostille of the Hague Convention
An Apostille is a certificate issued by the corresponding authorities that authenticates the seal and signature of officials on a document (for example a document issued by a public notary).
Some states will offer Apostille of the Hague Convention authentication services via their Secretary of State Office (students can contact the corresponding office and inquire if this specific service is offered). If they do not or the location is not convenient for the student, the student will have to mail the completed documents (along with the notary seal) directly to the U.S Department of State Office in Washington. For additional information on requirements and mailing information regarding the Apostille, please click here.