You wish to study in United State of America and you are not a US citizen, obtaining a student visa compulsory. Applying for a US student visa can be time consuming so we encourage you to start you application at least three to five months before your course is due to start. US student visa processing varies at each US embassy or consulate so it’s important to consult the instructions on the website of the embassy or consulate where you intend to apply.
In general, prospective students will go through five stages when applying for a US student visa:
* Apply to and be accepted by a Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP)-approved school in the US (six to twelve months prior to US study).
As an international student, you ought to guarantee you pick an institution and program accredited by the US government’s Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP).
Accreditation is vital as it guarantees your degree is recognized by different colleges, professional associations, employers and government ministries worldwide.
* Pay the Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS) fee.
Once you have received your SEVIS form and paid the SEVIS fee, you can make an appointment with a US consulate or embassy in your country for a US student visa application. It’s best to apply as early as possible, regardless of when your program is due to start, as visa processing times can vary. Your visa can be issued up to 120 days before you’re due to enter the US.
* Complete a US student visa application along with recent photo(s).
You must pay the SEVIS fee at least three days prior to submitting an application for a US visa. In order to pay the fee you’ll need to file either an online or paper form. Both can be accessed through the US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) SEVP website. Take care to enter the required points of interest precisely as they show up on your I-20 or DS-2019 shape.
* Pay the visa application fee.
The visa application fee is also called the Machine Readable Visa Fee, or ‘MRV fee’. Make sure to review the fee payment instructions available on your embassy or consulate website as methods may vary. In general, however, there are three ways to pay the non-refundable, non-transferrable visa application fee:
In person at an approved bank
By phone (you’ll receive a fee confirmation number)
Online (you’ll need to print your receipt)
* Schedule and attend a visa interview.
The last stride in getting a US student visa is to arrange and attend a visa interview. You can do this either on the web or utilizing the telephone, by calling your closest US international safe haven or department. In either case, you should complete the MRV fee payment first, as you may need to give your MRV fee number.
The visa application process cannot be completed until you appear for an interview with a consular officer.It’s important to be on time for your visa interview – late applicants may be asked to reschedule for another day.
The visa application prepare can’t be finished until you show up for a meeting with a consular officer.It’s essential to be on schedule for your visa meet – late candidates might be approached to reschedule for one more day.