On the off chance that you need to examine in the US and are not a US resident, you should acquire an understudy visa. Applying for a US student visa can be a long procedure, so ensure you start planning great ahead of time – at any rate three to five months before your course is because of beginning. There are generally a few stages to apply for a US understudy visa. These means differ at every US government office or office so it’s imperative to counsel the directions on the site of the international safe haven or department where you plan to apply.
By and large, planned understudies will experience five phases when applying for a US understudy visa:
1. Apply to and be acknowledged by a Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP)- endorsed school in the US (six to a year preceding US study);
2. Pay the Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS) expense;
3. Complete a US understudy visa application alongside late photo(s);
4. Pay the visa application charge;
5. Timetable and go to a visa meet.
Read on for detailed advice on each of these five steps.
1. Apply to an SEVP-approved institution
As a universal understudy, you ought to guarantee you pick an establishment and program licensed by the US government’s Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP).
Accreditation is significant as it guarantees your degree is perceived by different colleges, proficient affiliations, managers and government services around the world. Just SEVP-endorsed foundations can enlist understudies in the Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS) and furnish you with the reports important to apply for a US understudy visa. Utilize the administration’s Study in the States site to recognize authorize organizations.
In contrast to certain nations, the US doesn’t have a unified college application framework, so you should apply to every establishment you are keen on independently. You’ll have to satisfy every foundation’s confirmations prerequisites, and for the most part will likewise be solicited to give evidence from adequate budgetary assets.
When you have been acknowledged by an organization, the college will enlist you in the SEVIS framework and you will be sent a SEVIS-created archive called Form I-20 in the event that you are qualified for a F or M visa, or Form DS-2019 in the event that you are qualified for a J visa.
The SEVP oversees universal understudies in the F and M visa arrangements, while the Department of State (DoS) oversees Exchange Visitor Programs and worldwide understudies on J visa orders. Both SEVP and DoS use SEVIS to track and screen foundations and trade guest projects and worldwide understudies.
2. Pay The SEVIS fee
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 input the required details exactly as they appear on your I-20 or DS-2019 form.
At the time of writing, the I-901 fee is US$200 for F/M visa holders and $180 for J student visa holders. J visa holders working as camp counselors, au pairs or in summer work/travel pay $35 instead. The website explains the procedure for different types of payment including debit or credit card, check, international money order and Western Union Quick Pay. Having paid the fee, you can return to the website to check on your payment status if desired. A third party (such as your sponsor) can also pay the fee for you. If the fee is paid on your behalf, you should receive a receipt from that third party.
You can obtain and print a payment confirmation from the website at any time after processing your payment. You’ll need this confirmation as proof of fee payment at your US student visa interview. You may also be required to show the confirmation to the customs officer at your chosen US Port of Entry, if ever you change your non-immigrant status, or if you’re applying for any other US immigration benefits
3. Complete a US student visa application
When you have gotten your SEVIS structure and paid the SEVIS expense, you can make a meeting with a US department or government office in your nation for a US understudy visa application. It’s ideal to apply as ahead of schedule as could be expected under the circumstances, paying little mind to when your program is because of beginning, as visa handling times can differ. Your visa can be given as long as 120 days before you’re expected to enter the US.
Most nations have their very own committed site for everything to do with making a US understudy visa application, which can be gotten to from this principle page. On the off chance that you can’t discover your nation in the rundown, you may at present have the option to discover the US international safe haven or office in your nation utilizing the US government office’s site.
Online visa application: DS-160
In all cases you’ll have to finish the online visa application structure DS-160. You’ll have to choose the area from which you wish to apply and guarantee you have every one of the archives and data you have to fill in the application. Subsequent to choosing and responding to a security question, you’ll be taken to the pages of the structure. At the top, you’ll discover your application ID. You’ll require this ID to recover your structure on the off chance that you have to leave the application and come back to it later.
Individual subtleties required to finish the DS-160 structure include:
Name and date of birth
Address and telephone number
International ID subtleties
Subtleties of sightseeing plans, and travel partners
Subtleties of past US travel
Your place of contact in the US
Family, work and instruction subtleties
Security, foundation and restorative wellbeing data
SEVIS ID and address of US school/program you mean to join up with (as imprinted on I-20 or DS-2019 structure)
You’ll additionally need to transfer an appropriate ongoing photograph of yourself in the arrangement clarified in the photo necessities. On the off chance that your photograph transfer bombs you’ll have to take a printed photo – which meets the prerequisites – to your visa meet.
Take care to respond to every one of the inquiries precisely and completely as you may need to reschedule your visa talk with arrangement on the off chance that you make any mistakes. In the event that you get befuddled when filling in the application structure, you may discover answers to your inquiries on the travel.state.gov site.
When the visa application structure is finished, you’ll have to electronically sign your DS-160 by tapping the “Sign Application” catch toward the end. After your application is transferred, you’ll be sent an affirmation page with a standardized identification, scanner tag number and your application ID number which you’ll have to print out and take to your visa talk with arrangement. You don’t have to print the full application.