- 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
Getting a VISA
Entering the United States as a student is very different from visiting the country as a tourist, and this difference must be understood right at the beginning of the visa process. The first step in this long process is to apply for and receive a non-immigrant F-1 student visa either from an American embassy or consulate.
Right at the beginning of the visa process you must have a Form I-20 certificate of Eligibility for non-immigration. This form is generated by the Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS). This certifies that you have been admitted to an educational institution, and that you are expected to pursue a full-time course. Also, this form endorses that you are financially secure to pursue both your lifestyle and studies in the United States. This form is an absolute must to obtain the F1 student visa from the consulate or the embassy of the United States.
How to obtain this I-20 form
In order to obtain this form, an aspirant must apply to either a language or a degree program from any accredited institution.
Also, the application to a degree or a language program must be duly filled and completed and along with the fees must be submitted to the Admissions Department. Make a mention of the face that you are aspiring to be an F-1 student.
Transcripts of high schools and colleges may be asked for to be submitted for review.
Always be in close contact with both the institution and the Admissions counsellor to erase any doubts that might creep in during the process.
Once this hurdle is cleared, in order to receive the SEVIS I-20 form, there are a few more steps to be taken.
The designated school official or the DSO might still ask for:
- A copy of your passport.
- An affidavit notifying your support and financial backing.
- The proof that you have been enrolled in a particular institution into any language degree.
- Few biographical information may also be needed.