USA: Student Visa and Requirements

Door Shwekrishna15 gepubliceerd op Friday 10 January 06:45

Many International students across the globe make plans to go to American Universities for Undergrads or Grads level education. If you’re looking out for a degree in the United States, then you ought to prove that you’ll be able to support yourself throughout your entire stay.

Availing US Student Visa takes time but can be a surprisingly easy procedure. In the USA all the universities, colleges and schools in the United States are known to welcome the international students from all countries. Check out the guidelines that will help you to have a smooth and successful student visa application process.

Get Accepted into a SEVP Approved School

Before you can apply for F-1 student visa, you ought to apply and be accepted by a school approved by the SEVP. This is one of the main USA study visa requirements that needs to be fulfilled. Without which the visa procedure will not begin.

Once the student is enrolled into US university or college, they send an I-20 or DS-2019 which allows the student to apply for a student visa.

There are three kinds of visas issued by the US Government for international students who want to pursue higher education. They are:

F-1, J-1 and M-1 Student Visa

  1. F-1 Student Visa:

It is applicable if you are applying for full time education for Undergrads or Grads level. F-2 Visa is available in case you are accompanied by spouse or children.

  1. M-1 Student Visa:

It is applicable if you are applying for a non-academic or vocational training courses in USA. These kinds of programs are comparatively shorter in duration.

  1. J-1 Student Visa:

It is applicable if you are applying for any exchange or trainee programs. University Professors, Researchers, Post-Doctoral fellows and trainees can apply for J-1 Visa.

Let us understand the process of the F-1 student Visa. The below flow chart will give you a fair idea about the entire procedure.

Documents Required for F1 Student Visa Application

Mandatory documents along with supporting documents regarding the financial and academic records are required during Visa Application. Refer the checklist prior to the consulate meet at the visa interview.

  • Documents representing a solid financial, social, and family tie to your home country that shows your requirement to return after completing education in United States
  • Documents to support the funds which give credible evidence that you can meet the entire expenses of 1st year of education along with access to funds enough to cover all expenses as long as you stay in United States
  • Photocopies of bank statements along with the original copies of bank statements or original bank books
  • Relationship Evidence with the sponsor in case you are financially sponsored by another person; Documents like your Birth Certificate, the sponsor's most recent original tax forms and the sponsor's bankbooks and/or fixed deposit certificates
  • Educational documents; school transcripts with grades, public examination certificates, standardized test scores (SAT, TOEFL, etc.), and diplomas

Once you are prepared with the US Visa documents the next thing to prep for is the Visa Interview. Things to carry for Visa Interview are:

  • Valid Passport
  • Digital Photograph (Clicked by the Visa Officials at the venue)
  • Confirmation page of DS – 160 along with the barcode
  • Visa Application Fee Receipt
  • VFS Appointment letter
  • SEVIS receipt and I-20

This article examines briefly the various types of visa and attempts to give a detailed process of applying for the F1 Student Visa which is applicable to students planning to study abroad in USA.

Hope this helps.

All the best!

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