- VISA APPLICATION
- What is VISA?
- Understanding The Legalities
- Availing Assistance
- The Immigration Paralegal
- School Selection and getting admitted
- GETTING A VISA
- I-20 form
- Proving the Financial Capability
- Where to apply
- When to Apply
- HOW TO APPLY FOR AN US VISA
- Paying the Visa Application Fee
- The Visa Interview Schedule
- The Interview
- FORM I-20 CHALLENGES
- Problems with Form I-20
- Problems with Educational Qualifications
- What is Immigrant Intent?
- Bringing Your Family Along
- ENTERING THE UNITED STATES
- Going through the Form Filling process
- Obtaining the Social Security Number
- EARNING WHILE LEARNING
- Introduction to earning while learning
- Curricular Practical Training (CPT)
- MAINTAINING THE VISA STATUS
- Filing for a renewal of the Visa
- Different infringements by different students
- Maintaining the status of the F-1 visa
- Penalties related to VISA violation
- When to apply for a new I-20 form
- J-1 INTERNSHIP
- J-1 Internship Program
- How to Find the Internship
- The Requirements of the Visitor Visa Departure
- Applying for the J-1 visa:
- How to go about preparing the J-1 Application Packet
How to Apply for an US VISA
Before the actual interview, there are three steps:
- You submitting the visa application
- Paying the fees
- Scheduling the interview.
Go through www.usembassy.gov . Go to the tab for the Non-immigrant visas. Study the visa application procedure at the consulate very carefully and follow the mentioned steps.
- All the F-1 student visa application forms must be filled and submitted online using Form DS-160 (visit ceac.state.gov/genie)
- Make sure that there are no silly typographical errors, particularly in the sections where information has to be filled in manually (egg. - passport number)
- Put in an estimated date of arrival, the approximate tenure of stay.
- Make a mention of at least two people back home that the consulate can contact for background and other verification.
- Enter the SEVIS number, and the course of study. If there is any secondary school, choose either Academic or Vocational.
- It is entirely up to the student when to submit the application form, because at the end of the day, you are solely accountable for the answers that you have mentioned in your application form.
- Make sure that there are no fabricated or contradictory answers in your form, because if the answers are not consistent, you might not only be refused a visa, but also might be barred from entering the United States anytime in the future.
Paying the Visa Application Fee
The F-1 students will have to pay a non-immigrant visa application fee which is non-refundable. Currently the fee is currently US$140. Keep a close tab on the website of the consulate website or travel.state.gov/visa/temp/types.
Also many consulates provide a list of local banks where the application fee can be paid. Online payment of fees is also prevalent at some consulates. Whatever medium you choose, get a printed confirmation and a receipt which is necessary for the future steps.
For the students who are first-time F-1 applicants, have to pay US$200 (current rate) as SEVIS fee, and also submit Form I-901. You can go through the process either online or through the mail.
The SEVIS I-901 fee should not be paid before the visa interview appointment, but payment is needed before the interview. Allow yourself enough time for your payment to be done and verified.