All International students need F1 VISA to study in any of the US universities. Student VISA to USA is very simple; yet very difficult to get! You can start your VISA process once you receive an admission (I-20) from the university. You will typically have to attend a personal interview at the US Embassy / Consulate for obtaining a F1 VISA. Outcome of the VISA is completely at the discretion of the VISA officer. You will be interviewed by the Consular Officer and based on your answers and paper work they will take a call on your F1 VISA. During the interview, the Consular Officer will evaluate your case mainly observing your intent to visit the United States, your academic and financial background, your travel history and several other factors. If the F1 VISA is approved, then the Consular Officer collects the passport to print the F1 VISA on it and will return it back to you through courier. You will get to know the outcome of the F1 VISA on the same day of your interview and it might take around 5-6 days for them to send the passport back to you.
General Procedure & Requirements for an F1 VISA to USA
The first thing that is required for a student VISA to USA is an I-20 upon which one can initiate their VISA process.
After securing the I-20, students are required to schedule an appointment with the local American Embassy / Consulate for which they have to fill an online VISA application form DS-160. This form DS-160 can be accessed at www.vfs-usa.co.in. DS-160 form has to be filled with utmost care as it cannot be modified later. Once the form is submitted, a confirmation will be generated with a bar code, which has to printed and taken to the VISA interview.
Meanwhile, pay the F1 VISA application fee of $140 in a designated HDFC bank. This receipt will be activated after 24 hrs. of the payment. This receipt has to be preserved as it is required to be carried to the VISA interview for Student Visa to USA.
The next step in US student Visa is scheduling an appointment at the Embassy / Consulate. You can schedule the appointment through www.vfs-usa.co.in by making use of the VISA application submission confirmation number and the application fee receipt number. Once the appointment is confirmed take the print out of the appointment letter.
Pay the SEVIS fee of $200 through www.fmjfee.com . Print the receipt of the same and carry it to the VISA interview.
Report for your interview at the American Consulate on the day of your appointment; carry the original VISA application fee receipt, DS-160 application submission confirmation, SEVIS fee receipt and all other required academic and financial documents to the interview.
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