Process to obtain American Student Visa for international students
University Approval and Student VISA
After All, if the university gives student the admission
to study the program you applied for, they will send
student a form I-20A-B, which is the legal form that
denotes that you are admitted & eligible for applying
Visa. The immigration laws of the United States permit
foreign students to come to the U.S. to attend school
at many academic levels. U.S. schools can get
authorization from the Immigration and Naturalization
Service (INS) to admit foreign students and to issue
documentation allowing students to obtain F-1
nonimmigrant student visa classification. This
document is called the I-20 form. Upon receipt of the
I-20, an application to INS for the F-1 visa is filed.
There are mainly two types of non-immigrant student
visas. They are F-1 Visa and J-1 Visa. Make sure which
Visa you will be entitled to, before applying for one.
Dependents are allowed to accompany students, and may
be granted F-2/ J-2 visa classification. A foreign
student in the F-1 classification may stay in the U.S.
for extended periods of time to complete degrees or
continuing education, and even may be allowed to work
in the United States.
Nonimmigrant dependent visa for dependents of F-1 visa
holder. A spouse and unmarried, minor children may
also be classified for a nonimmigrant visa to
accompany or follow the student. Family members must
meet all visa eligibility requirements, including
evidence that they will have sufficient funds for
their support, and that they will depart the U.S. when
the student's program ends. Spouses and children of
students may not accept employment at any time.
Nonimmigrant dependent visa for dependents of M-1 visa
holder A spouse and unmarried, minor children may also
be classified for a nonimmigrant visa to accompany or
follow the student. Family members must meet all visa
eligibility requirements, including evidence that they
will have sufficient funds for their support, and that
they will depart the U.S. when the student's program
ends. Spouses and children of students may not accept
employment at any time.
Educational and cultural exchange dependent VISA The
spouse and minor children of participants in "J"
exchange programs may apply for derivative "J-2" visas
to accompany or follow to join the principal alien by
presenting a copy of the principal's Form DS-2019.
They must demonstrate that they will have sufficient
financial resources to cover all expenses while in the
Basic Requirements for Visa filing
- You must have I-20 from the University (You can have
multiple I-20 from multiple university, but you can
apply for VISA for only one university)
- The student must have Original report sheet
of all strategic tests taken [GRE/GMAT, TOEFL etc.]
- The student must have completed the course of
study required for entering the program.
- Proof of sufficient and easily transferable
funds to cover the cost of living and tuition fees.
- Be proficient in English.
- Affidavit of support from Parents or Sponsor
that they will support you through entire period of
- And most important of all, Supporting
documents satisfying the consulate that the student
intends to leave US and return to your home country
after completion of studies.
Other Required Documentation when applying for the
- Visa application fee $131 [No-Refundable]
- SEVIS fee payment receipt of $200 [No-Refundable]
- Form DS-156, completed and signed
- Form DS-157 Supplemental non immigrant visa
application [All male nonimmigrant visa applicants
between the ages of 16 and 45 should fill this out
along with DS-156]
- Form DS-158 [Contact Info and Work History
for NIV applicant] [This form is in addition to the
mandatory DS-156 application for a nonimmigrant visa
and form DS-157 that is required for males between the
ages 16 and 45]
- One front-facing photograph, size 37 mm x 37
mm, and less than six months old
- Students with any special circumstances may
also wish to provide an explanation in the form of a
Getting the VISA
Now coming to getting a Visa, Visa issuance is a very
objective decision, and is not subjective: Every visa
official has a list of requirements s/he looks for in
a visa application. If they are met, then s/he issues
the visa. If not, s/he doesn't. It is how these
requirements are met that makes a visa decision seem
subjective. For instance, take the requirement of
showing that you will return to your own country. If you provide
unambiguous pragmatic evidence pointing to reasons for
return, he will have no reason not to grant a visa. US
Visa Official Quote: "Give a rational, objective
reason that even a banker would believe". If, on the
other hand, you only play with words and have nothing
substantial to show, it looks like a subjective
decision, since it is based upon subjective evidence.
Presenting Proper documents alone doesn't determines
your Visa. Visa officials know that documents in your
can be easily forged. So your paper documents alone is
not enough. What you say, how you say it, matters a
lot. Sometimes it can even make up for inadequate
documentation. US Visa Official Quote: "Some people
complain that we did not see their documents.
Remember, if we go through your documents when you are
standing there, then that is a negative sign. It means
we don't believe you and are checking the documents
for proof or for grounds to reject you. So not seeing
your documents in front of you is a good thing for
Combining both of the substantial points, we strongly
convey that, proper documentation along with your good
presentation before your Visa official on the
interview day will determine your Visa.
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