The United States is the home of the world’s top universities, attracting thousands of students from all over the world to pursue higher education. Most foreign students who wish to study in the United States must obtain a US visa. A student visa is an immigrant visa that allows foreign students to enter and stay in the United States during their studies or courses. A student visa is a special document approved and issued by the US government. Before applying for a visa, a student must be got admission in a renowned educational institution. Indian Students are granted a visa periodically to complete their studies, programs or work assignments. The type of study program and educational institution determines which category visa you are going to get. The United States provides three types of student visas for international students that are discussed below:
F-1 Visa: Academic Studies:
An F1 visa is one of the most common non-immigrant student visas. Students who wish to pursue their preferred course at a US university, high school, English language school or other affiliated educational institution are given an F-1 visa. F-1 Visa students are expected to finish their studies at the scheduled time. Candidates who are applying for F-1 visa must possess the I-20 form from their college or university. F-1 visas are issued only in US Embassy and Consulate outside the United States.
J-1 Visa: Academic Studies as an Exchange Visitor:
The J1 Visa is a non-immigrant visa for individuals who will participate in a work and study-based exchange program that improves cultural exchange in the United States, especially for medical or business training. To get a J-1 visa, an applicant must be proficient in English and have appropriate medical insurance. All applicants must fulfil the eligibility criteria. A candidate must have proof of funds to manage their expenses in the United States.
M-1 Visa: Non-Academic or Vocational Studies:
An M-1 visa is a non-immigrant student visa for people who interested in studying in a non-academic institution or vocational school in the United States. To qualify for an M-1 visa, applicants must be accepted by a vocational institution affiliated by the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services. Applicants must be fluent in English, have sufficient funds, permanent residential address in their home country, and wish to move to their own country after completing their studies. M-1 students visa allow to stay in the United States for a certain period of time, but may not stay more than a year unless given extension due to treatment.
Documents required for applying for a US student visa:
- A valid passport
- Copy of DS-160
- I-20 form
- Fees for visa payment
- Minimum past three years bank statement
- Salary statement
- Scorecard of TOEFL, GRE, GMAT
- Academic mark sheet
How to apply:
- After getting the I-20 form from your college, your visa process will start
- After SEVIS fee payment, you need to apply online DS-160visa form
- Pay the amount for your visa
- Schedule appointment for the visa interview.
- For a biometric appointment, you need to appear in person to click on your image and scan your fingerprints for the visa.
- In the personal interview, the interviewer will ask you questions about your choice, degree program, college or university, finance and your plan to come back to India.
For an Indian student studying in the US, a dream comes true. So, a visa is a very important factor in this case. The above discussion will help the Indian students for applying for US visa.