Visa application Procedures
F-1 Student Visa (U.S. Student Visa)
The F-1 Visa (Academic Student) allows an individual to enter the United States as a full-time student at an accredited college, university, or other academic institution. A student must be enrolled in a program or course of study that culminates in a degree, diploma, or certificate and the school must be authorized by the U.S. government to accept international students.
Steps for Applying for an U.S. Student Visa
The visa application process commences with the receipt of an I-20. The I-20 confirms a students’ acceptance and enrollment at the university.
The visa process is long and looks difficult, but your personal counselor at Edu-Action will assist and guide you every step of the way.
Step 1: Pay SEVIS Fee (Student and Exchange Visitor Information System)
SEVIS is the internet based part of the Student and Exchange Visitor Program that is developed by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Department of State (DOS).
SEVIS maintains current and accurate information of all F, M, J visitors and their dependents. Schools (universities, colleges, institutions) transmit mandatory information via SEVIS to all the relevant U.S. government bodies.
You cannot apply for your F-1 visa until you pay the SEVIS Fee.
Fee payable: USD 200
Payment option: Credit card
Step 2: Complete the Visa Application Form
The visa application form for your F-1 visa is completed online through the VFS website. The form that needs to be completed is:
- DS -160
You also need to upload a recent (within the past six months) passport size photograph of size 50mm X 50mm (2″ x 2″) with a white background.
You should print the confirmation page with a barcode at the end of the visa application form.
Step 3: Book Visa Interview Appointment
Once the barcode number on your visa fee (MRV Fee) receipt is activated, you can use this to login to the VFS website and book your appointment at the U.S. Embassy.
Step 4: Pay Visa Fee
You are required to pay the Visa Application fee .
Fee payable:USD 160
Step 5: Attend you Visa Interview
On the day of your visa interview, report to the appropriate gate at the U.S. Embassy, 30 minutes before your appointed time. You will need to carry all the mandatory documents as per the checklist given by your Edu-Action counselor.
F-1 Visa (Student Visa) Document Checklist:
- Passport (at least 6 months validity required)
- Photograph (recent photograph)
- VFS interview appointment letter
- DS-160 (Confirmation page with barcode)
- SEVIS receipt
- Scholarship letter
- Financial Documents
- Academic Documents
- Test Scores
- Work experience certificates
- Other relevant certificates