Obtaining a student visa is the first requirement for anyone wishing to study in the United States. The U.S. government provides educational opportunities in its educational institutions for students from different countries, but as a prerequisite you must apply for a student visa.
The United States offers a variety of student visas. The visa you need to apply for depends on your age and the type of study you plan to study in the United States.
There are different types of US student visas:
• F1 student visa
This is the most common type of student visa in the United States for which many apply. It allows you to register yourself and study at an approved US college or university or you can study English at an English language institute.
• J Exchange Visa
This allows student visa holders to participate in an exchange program, including both high school and university.
Student M Student Visa
If you want to take part in a non-academic or vocational study or training in the United States, this type of student visa is for you.
What are the basic requirements?
If you want to get a student visa, you need to meet a number of requirements. Here are the most important documents you need for an F1 student visa:
A valid passport
Photo of a passport
An on-immigrant visa application, Form DS-160 160
Receipt for payment of application fee
A filled form 1-20.
Other documents such as Diploma, Degree, Certificate, Academic Transcripts, TOEFL, SAT, GMAT, or GRE Exam Score etc. may be requested
The best way to get a student visa
To be eligible for an F1 student visa, you must first be admitted to a university or school in the United States that is certified by the Student and Exchange Visitor Program or SEVP. About six to twelve months before studying in the United States, you need to apply to the institution of your choice.
After you are accepted into the institution, you will receive 1-20 forms from the International Student Office of that institution. Form 1-20 is a physical record of your information in a database known as the Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SVIS). You have to pay a service fee.
After receiving your I-20 you will need to fill out your visa application form and pay the fee. You will also need to attach a recent passport size photo. Attend your visa interview on the scheduled date and your visa will be approved or revoked based on your documentation and interview.
Where to apply?
After you receive your SEVIS form and you pay this fee, you can apply for a US Student Visa by making an appointment with the US Consulate or Embassy in your country.
Regardless of when your program starts, it is always advisable that you apply as soon as possible. This is because the visa processing time is unpredictable and while some may accept their visa in a short time, some of them have to wait very long. Your student visa may be issued through the embassy 120 days prior to the date of your entry into the United States.
Win the green card lottery and study in the hassle-free United States of your choice
One of the best ways to study and stay in the United States for as long as you like, without worrying about visa expiration dates, is the Green Card Lottery, officially known as the Diversity Immigrant Visa Lottery
Each year, the United States issues 50,000 green cards to eligible diversity visa countries who wish to become permanent residents in the United States.