Admission to a coveted US university takes you only half way through your dream to study in the USA. The remaining important half is to obtain a study visa for the US. Complexities and careless mistakes along with lack of sufficient knowledge about the US student visa formalities cause undesired delays and even refusal of a visa in some cases.
An F1 visa is issued to international students who are attending an academic program or English Language Program at a US college or university. F1 students are expected to complete their studies by the expiration date on their I-20 form (Certificate of Eligibility for Non immigrant (Non Immigrant) Student Status) which is provided by the US College or university
Effective from 26th Sep 2012
The US Embassy In India have implemented a new visa processing system throughtout india providing all visa applicants with an efficient, transparent, and standardized application process which simplify fee payment and appointment scheduling through a new website www.ustraveldocs.com/in
Where to Apply
US Visa is an Interview based visa, Applicant has to apply to US embassy for their Interview,
a) How to schedule an Appointment
The Student will be able to schedule their appointments via telephone, emails or online chat.
Under the new system, applicants will have to make two appointments. Prior to their visa interviews
Appointment 1 -Applicants have to visit Offsite Facilitation Center (OFC) to submit fingerprints and for photograph..
Appointment 2 – Actual consular visa interview at US Embassy or Consulate.
a. How Many Days Prior Can a student Apply for Visa and enter US?
You may apply for F1 student visa within 120 days prior to the course start date. You may travel to US within 30 days of commencement of the course of study as stated on your I20, regardless of how early your visa was issued.
b. Documents Checklist - Originals
- Visa Application form DS - 160 (On line fill able form)
- Original Passport
- Axis/ Citibank Bank Receipt
- SEVIS Fee Receipt
- Interview Appointment letter
- All Academic Documents including TOEFL, GRE, GMAT Score sheet
- Evidence of Financial Resources
- 120 issued by the university
c. Visa Application Fees
Rs. 9,120/- by Cash in any Axis or Citibank.
SEVIS Fee of $ 200 has to be paid online with the help of the credit card on www.fmjfee.com website
d. Processing time
When Visa is granted, the passport is returned with visa stamp after 3-4 days from the interview date. Student can collect it personally from OFC once they receive an sms for the collection
For more information you can meet the Visa counselor at Edwise branch.
(Updated Till 12th June 2013)