USA Study Visa

The US visa is one of the most coveted study visas among students. The US is probably the only country where students can apply for a visa without having a preset list of documents and where the interview decides if the student gets the visa or not. When applying for a US student visa, you need to show that you can pay for the entire course and that you have strong ties with your home country and will return home after studying. You also need to have been accepted to an institute of good standing in the US. Keep in mind that if you are applying for certain PhD or data based courses, your application may require additional scrutiny and hence you should be applying early for your student visa.

General Info

There are two types of student visas that you can apply for to study in the US – F-1 and M-1. The F-1 visa is the most common visa for students who wish to engage in academic studies in the United States while the M-1 visa is for students who wish to study vocational subjects or undergo training at US institutes.

Remember that you can apply for a student visa no earlier than 120 days before you report to school in the United States (Many consulates, however, will process your application prior to 120 days).

How to Apply

Pay the SEVIS and visa application fee
Complete the non-immigrant visa application form online (DS-160)
Schedule an appointment for submitting your Biometrics as well as for an interview

Carry the following documents when you visit the US consulate or embassy:

  1. Printed copy of the appointment letter, DS-160 confirmation page, one photograph taken within the last six months
  2. Current and all old passports and the original visa fee payment receipt
  3. Acceptance letter & SEVIS fee receipt
  4. Evidence of income and proof that funds are immediately available to cover your education in the US
  5. School and college transcripts and standardized test score sheets

Interview Tips

1.    BE HONEST and straightforward in all your answers

2.    Be sure of your answers but at the same time be polite

3.    Be confident about yourself

4.    Don't hesitate while answering

5.    Make eye contact while talking

6.    Don't give any papers unless specifically asked for

SOP-Edits Visa Services

We at SOP-Edits have had tremendous success in helping students obtain visas. We scrutinize your financial documents to make sure that you have a viable plan to pay for your education. As soon as your ‘visa file’ is ready, we conduct mock interviews and ask you all the questions likely to be asked by visa officers.