USA Student Visa
Being an Indian citizen, you are required to get a USA Student Visa before moving to the USA for studies. Assuming that you have received an admit from an American University/College, you can now apply for the Student Visa. The visa you need depends on the purpose of the study you are going for, to the United States of America. The U.S. Government offers three types of visas.
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F1 Student Visa
Students applying for University/College, which requires more than 18 hours of study per week need the F1 Student Visa. All students aiming for undergraduate education, and postgraduate studies like MSc, MBA, etc. can apply for this. Spouses or children accompanying the applicants of the F-1 Visa will be applying for an F-2 Visa.
J1 Student Visa
This visa is for students, scholars and professors who are involved in an exchange program. Spouses or children accompanying the applicants of the J-1 Visa will be applying for a J-2 Visa.
M Student Visa
The M1 visa is for students going to the United States of America for vocational and technical schools. The M1 visas have a time limit for staying, and students cannot overstay their visit.
Preliminary Steps for Visa Procedures
USA Visa Procedures
Here we have provided a step-by-step process for Visa Appointment booking, depending on your locality in India. You will also find the details of how to track your booking, the cancellation procedure and date exchange procedures.
There are several steps for the Visa process. The order of these procedures and how you complete them vary according to the U.S Embassy or Consulate. Kindly refer the respective websites for more information on the instructions to be followed.
1. Complete the Online Visa Application
You need to complete the online nonimmigrant visa application, the DS160 form and print the application from the confirmation page to be brought during your interview. After you have completed the form, print and keep the DS-160 barcode page. You shall also attach your photo in this step. Follow the format explained on their website.
2. Schedule the Visa Interview Appointment
The U.S Embassy/ Consulate will not book an appointment for you. It is your responsibility to schedule an interview. Schedule an interview at the country you live in.
3. Payment of Application Fees
The Nonimmigrant visa application processing fee would be around $160. Check their website to see the exact amount you need to pay, as per your application requirements.
4. Gather required documents
Gather and keep all the following documents ready before your Visa interview.
You might also be required to provide other additional documents.
5. Schedule the Appointments
You are required to schedule two appointments – one for the Visa Application Center (VAC) and one for the Visa interview at the U.S. Embassy or Consulate.
Firstly, schedule your appointment at a Visa Application Center. Here, you need to visit one of the five Visa Application Center locations and have your fingerprints and photograph taken. This appointment must be scheduled at least a day before your visa interview appointment at the U.S. Embassy/Consulate.
Second, schedule the Visa Interview Appointment at the U.S. Embassy/Consulate.
While scheduling your appointment, you will have to give complete information about the type of visa required, your personal information, dependents, location of appointment centre, etc.
6. Attend the Visa Interview
Take all the required documents and records along with you while going for both the interviews. At the Visa Application Centre, your digital fingerprints and photograph will be taken. After this, you will have to visit the U.S. Embassy/Consulate on your interview date. You will be interviewed by a Consular office to determine if you should receive the U.S. Student Visa or not. You should provide all clear documents and answer them well to show that you are well established to obtain the Student Visa.
7. Pay fees
After the visa is issued, you will have to pay the Visa Issuance Fee and make the necessary measures for the return of your passport and visa back to you.
USA Visa Procedures
The step-by-step process for Visa Appointment booking, depending on your locality in India.