Study in USA has always been, and continues to be a dream to every international student willing to study abroad. If you are looking forward to studying in USA, or already have been accepted by University in USA, this US Visa Guide will help you with step-by-step US Visa Application procedure and US Visa Requirements to get a study permit in USA. First of all, the USA Visa information on the classification of Student Visa in USA:
There are three of USA visa for students: F1, J1 and M1. Here is the detailed description of them:
F1 Visa for USA allows you study permit in USA in full time academic courses. Any accredited school, college, university, academic institute, seminary, or conservatory in USA must accept you beforehand to apply for F1 visa in USA. Students taking language training programs also come under F1 visa category.
J1 Visa for USA is for the individuals sponsored by the organisation, or chosen by their institutions for exchange program, academic and cultural both. The students and individuals who are part of an exchange program apply for J1 Visa. The visa is only valid until the duration of the exchange program. A short window of grace period is given after the completion of the program to prepare for the departure.
M1 visa is for the students who are willing to attend courses other than the courses covered in F1 type Visa. These are mostly vocational and non-academic courses on offer in USA institutes.
As an international student, you will need to choose an institute and program accredited by the US governments SEVP (apply six to twelve months prior to the study in USA. It’s important because it ensures your degree from other recognized universities, professional associations etc.
Only the SEVP-approved institution can enrol students in the SEVIS and provide you with the documents necessary to apply for the Student Visa USA. Once you have been accepted by an institute, the university will enrol you in the SEVIS system.
You must pay the SEVIS fee three to four days prior to submitting an application for a US visa. In order to pay you will need to file online or paper form. Both can be accessed through the US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) SEVP website. Take care to input your details exactly.
The website will explain to you the different types of payment. Check on your payment status. You should obtain a receipt, make a confirmation and print it out. You will need this confirmation as proof of fee payment at your Student Visa USA interview. You may also have to show to the customs officer at your chosen US Port of Entry.
United state is using a new non-immigrant visa application form online which will replace all the other forms. It’s best to apply as early as possible. Check all the requirements and remember to submit all your correct details since it is going to print on your passport and if possible carry your documents along with you. Visit sites for more details and instructions!!
After submitting your application form you must pay the fee. There may be different ways of paying the fee. Make sure to review the fee payment and follow instructions carefully and consult with websites as the process may vary. Collect your fee receipt in case if you need to show anywhere!!
The interview will consist of questions regarding course, choice of college, and intent to come back to the home country. If you clear the interview, the passport will be taken to get the Visa Stamped.
You must make an appointment and prepare yourself for the visa interview. Be confident when you interact with the officer, stay calm and state your biodata correctly and your attire should be formal. If you can’t give your answer in English it’s completely okay, ask for the interpreter. It’s really easy!! And your body language is very important to stay calm.
The F1 Visa interview questions can be divided into three categories. Academic Background, Financial Ability and Future plans in USA. Keep in mind that these are not official categories, but something that you should keep in mind while preparing for the interview.
The interview is an integral part of F1 visa interview to study in USA. Bring all the documents necessary to the interview. The interview will decide if you will be an F1 visa or not. You need to convince the visa officials that you have an intent to study in USA and willing to come back to your home country after that. These are the possible discussion, on which the questions will be based on.
The sources for financial support can be personal and family funds with bank statements, recent deposits and deposits when it comes to financial documents for f1 visa interview. The account should not appear as a padded up account just to show the embassy the funds. If a large amount was just deposited in the account, there will be questions.
If a family member is sponsoring you, you need to submit their employment status. Assets held by family that can easily be converted into cash are also considered.
Scholarships, Grants, Student Loans and assistantships are also allowed whether government or private.
To be on the F1 Visa, you must continue the studies, maintain passing marks, if you are unable to complete your studies for some reason, and need an extension to complete study in USA, you are needed to request for an extension.
Given below are the details of Student Visas in USA and work permit associated with them:
Mostly, Students cannot work for the first year of their study. The work permit associated with USA Student Visa is normally 20 hours a week during academic session and 40 hours a week in break / holidays. Different US student Visa will have different rules:
|Visa Type||Work Permit|
|F1 Student Visa||
M1 Student Visa
There are two types of fees associated with US student Visa:
1. SEVIS Fee
2. Visa Application fees
SEVIS stands for Students and Exchange Visitors Information System. It manages international students and exchange visitors coming to USA under F, M and J visas.
Visa Application Fees include MRV (Machine Readable Visa) fees.
1. Sevis Fees (Paid in Dollars in Applicable Exchange rate)
|Mode of Payment||Credit Card / Demand Draft / Money Order|
2. Visa Application Fees - MRV (INR in Applicable Exchange Rate)
|Mode of Payment||NEFT / IMPS / By Cash at designated Banks|
Student visa for USA requires you to submit more documents when compared with the documents of a tourist visa. International students need the necessary documents along with supporting documents of financial and academic records. Make sure you refer to this checklist before starting the process. Listed below are the documents you will be in need of:
You will require these basic necessary documents when you apply for Visa:
Along with other documents mentioned above, you are expected to show enough monetary fund proof showing you can cover all the academic, living and other expenses for one year in USA. For that, you will be asked for (Parent’s or Guardian’s where applicable):
Spouses and children under age of 21 are defined as Dependents. They are granted F2 Visa, J2 and M2 Visas.
With J2 Visa, you can apply to Department of Homeland Security, US citizenship and Immigration Services for Employment Authorisation Document. The money earned cannot be used to support J1 Visa holder.
The processing time for F1 Student Visa for USA usually depends on the university you are applying to. The usual F1 visa processing time is four to six weeks from the application.However, some institutions can take months to process your F1 visa. After the DS-160 application, the consulate takes about two months to get back to the students with an interview appointment. Therefore, for the ones applying for Student Visa in USA, it is handy to have ample time for the visa, so you do not miss the beginning of the semester and reach late in the country itself.
What to do if your student visa for USA is postponed or not approved?
If your process gets postponed you can do nothing but just wait a little longer for the result. It may be rejected but still, there is a chance to get the approval of the student visa. Waiting for the further response or action, or contacting the concerned person, will be your next step.
If your visa application gets a negative reaction, means if it gets rejected, you don’t need to worry. Tough, you cannot appeal but you can reapply for it. But make sure that you ask the officer for the exact reason behind the rejection. If you can correct the problem, you can start over and submit a new application by paying the visa processing fees again and schedule another appointment. Also, ask for the rules on reapplying.
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You can get in touch with us, or your nearest American Visa Embassy if you need any information or assistance. Hope this US Visa Guide has cleared the doubts and questions you had regarding how to get study visa for USA or about US Visa Process.
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