Special Considerations for Canadian Citizens
All the steps mentioned for obtaining F-1 and J-1 status apply to Canadian citizens, except for needing a visa to enter the U.S. Therefore, you are NOT REQUIRED to go to a U.S. consulate and may skip this step. Simply receiving the I-20 or DS-2019 form and paying the SEVIS I-901 fee is sufficient for you. Make sure that your I-20 or DS-2019 and I-94 card get stamped at the border by the immigration officer.