To study in the United States, foreign students who are not U.S. residents must acquire an F1 Student Visa. If the university accepts your application and agrees to grant admission, they will deliver i20 to you.

The first stage would be to apply to a SEVP-approved institution in the United States. As a student, you will be registered for the Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS) and will pay the SEVIS I-901 fee once you are accepted by a SEVP-approved institution.

The SEVP-approved institution will issue a Form I-20 to the accepted students. Students must apply for a student (F or M) visa at a U.S. Embassy or Consulate after obtaining the Form I-20 and enrolling in SEVIS. When students visit the consulate, they must show the consular officer their Form I.

$350 is the cost to register and pay the SEVIS fee. You can find more details on their website- https://www.fmjfee.com/i901fee/index.html

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Trainers & counsellors at Dr Raju’s strive to deliver the most effective training & guidance providing fair and unbiased service to each and every student and we aim to foster a community in which members help each other in their career progression.

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Completion of Online F1 Visa Application

  • Fill in the online Non-Immigrant Visa Application, Form DS-160: Fill out the online visa form and save the confirmation page to show at your interview.
  • Students will upload a photo while filling out the DS-160 form. The photograph must be in JPEG format and have the proper dimensions, as described in Picture Requirements. DS-160 requires students to provide accurate details, which may not be altered.

The DS-160 application fees would be $160/-

Requisites for F1 Visa

  • Schedule a date for Biometrics – The embassy or consulate will take digital fingerprint scans as part of the application procedure at the United States embassy.
  • Schedule a date for Biometrics – The embassy or consulate will take digital fingerprint scans as part of the application procedure at the United States embassy.
  • Schedule a date for Visa Interview – Students should book an appointment for their visa interview at the US Embassy or Consulate in the country where they reside. Appointments for interviews may be harder to come by during certain times of the year and depending on your status, visa category, and location, so students should apply for a visa as early as possible.
  • New Students – New students can get a student visa for up to 120 days before the start date of their course of study. Students will not be able to enter the United States on a student visa more than 30 days before the program’s commencement date.
  • Passport is only valid for travel to the United States with a validity date at least 6 months after the completion of their stay in the US.
  • Non-immigrant Visa Application document – Form DS-160 confirmation receipt.
  • Application fee payment receipt.
  • Photo – If a student fails to upload the photo in DS 160, they must carry a hard copy photograph for the interview.
  • For Academic and Language Students- Certificate of Eligibility for Non-immigrant (F-1) Student Status Form I-20 will be required.
  • Registration receipt of SEVIS.
  • Academic documents of transcripts from the school or college that the student attended last. 
  • Standardised test scores that are required by your university.
  • Supporting documentation to show how a student will pay all education, living, and travel expenses. Bank statement, income tax return of the sponsor, bank loan approval paper, scholarship details (if any), and so on.
  • Students’ departure intent to leave the United States after graduation (if any supporting documentation such as an Employer Document for Sabbatical Leave is available).

F1 Visa Interview

For the interview, dress neatly and professionally. Be self-confident and honest.

The Visa Interview with the consular officer is designed to assess whether the applicant as a student is trustworthy or not and if he/she qualifies for a Student visa or not. Furthermore, the consular officer tries to figure out if the students are intending to immigrate or not.

They also assess the student’s financial resources and background in order to ensure that their tuition expenses are not subsequently incurred.

A visitor visa does not guarantee entry into the United States but only allows a foreign individual to board a U.S. port of entry i.e., generally an airport and request permission to enter the country. The Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials at the airport may grant or deny the visitor permission to enter the United States.

FAQs

Form I-20 is the official form that confirms your eligibility for F-1 Student Status with the United States government and it certifies that:

 

(1) you are expected to be a “bona fide” student

(2) you meet the American Educational Institute’s admissions requisites

(3) you will complete a full course of study 

(4) you proved to the college/university that you have enough funds to study and live in the U.S. without suffering from poverty.

The I-20 is sent to you by the university/college you have been accepted at and you need this form to apply for a student visa.

If you are a student in your first academic year of study, (or in a one year program), 90 days prior to its completion is advised.

The Student and Exchange Visitor Information System, better known as the SEVIS, was established by the US. Universities that issue I-20s must input international student information into the SEVIS database, which is subsequently available to all US consulates throughout the world. If your university fails to submit your information to the database, your visa might not be granted. If this is the case, you might request the university to add your information to the SEVIS database.

Once you’ve arrived in the United States, you are governed by the US Citizenship and Immigration Services rules. As a result, you are not permitted to alter your school until after completing a year there. It’s best to pick carefully and avoid difficulties later if possible.

You must meet all of the following criteria to be eligible for optional practical training:

You must have been a full-time student for at least one whole academic year before submitting your OPT application.

Intend to work in a position directly related to your major field of study, and maintain valid F-1 status when you submit your application.

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