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How To Get Your Student VISA for The USA 2022

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How To Get Your Student VISA for The USA 2022

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How To Get Your Student VISA for The USA
Here are some guidelines to help make your student visa application process smooth and successful.

Getting a visa to study in the United States takes time but can be surprisingly easy. Universities, colleges, and schools in the United States continue to be very interested in receiving students from all countries.

Although the process of applying for a visa for an international student or exchange visitor can be confusing, each year hundreds of thousands of students manage to meet the visa requirements.

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How To Get Your Student VISA for The USA

Last year, 362,896 F-1 student visas were issued and there are currently 1,169,464 students in the United States holding F and M visas.

Once a university or English language school has accepted you for admission to full-time study, the institution will send you a document called an I-20 form, which is the application for an F-1 visa.

If you are an exchange visitor, your sponsoring US government organization or agency will send you a DS-2019 form, which is the application for a J-1 visa.

You can visit the website of the US Embassy or Consulate in your country by going to usembassy.gov. Go to https://studyinthestates.dhs.gov/students  for information on visas and the correct procedure currently in place for Nonimmigrant Visas.

1. First, your school or university will send you a form to confirm that you have been accepted by an institution authorized by the US Citizenship and Naturalization Service (USCIS) to enroll nonimmigrant students (form I-20 for an F-1 visa or form DS-2019 for a J-1 visa). You must read and sign this form.

Take care to make sure that the name on your passport is the same and is spelled exactly the same as the name on your college or university enrollment application. You will also need to make sure that the institution has entered your name as it appears on your passport on the I-20 or DS-2019 form.

The names of all applicants must be submitted for a security clearance. Citizens of certain countries and students who will study certain subjects at a university will have to undergo certain additional investigations that take several more weeks to process. Once again, it is essential that you allow a lot of time for the process of applying for your visa.

2. Second, you will need to make an appointment for a visa interview and pay some mandatory fees. Student visas can be issued up to 120 days prior to the start date of your program indicated on your I-20 form. Exchange Visitor Visas can be issued any time before the date listed on the DS-2019 form. You must submit your visa application as far in advance as possible.

Each US Embassy has a website that provides instructions on how to schedule a visa interview appointment and other information about the visa application process. You can find the website for the embassy in your country by going to http://www.usembassy.gov/

The website ( https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/us-visas/visa-information-resources/wait-times.html/ ) can also tell you the projected wait time for a visa in your country. International student visa applicants should be given priority by the embassy or consulate. Therefore, if your academic program starts soon, make sure to explain it when applying for your visa.

You may want to visit or contact the nearest office of the EducationUSA Advising Center linked to the US Department of State in your country. These offices are located around the world, and you can find a list at https://educationusa.state.gov/find-advising-center. The staff at these centers will be able to explain to you where to pay the visa fees and how to schedule your interview.

There is now a $350 SEVIS fee for F and M visa applicants, and $220 for most J visa applicants, to fund the cost of the computer system used to record your stay in the United States. (SEVIS). You can pay this fee with a credit card that is valid internationally. Go to https://fmjfee.com/index.html to pay the fee and be sure to print a copy of your receipt. You must pay the SEVIS fee at least three days before your visa interview date. You will need to bring a copy of your voucher to your visa interview.

You must also pay an additional US$160 visa application fee at the US Embassy or Consulate in your country, or at a bank designated by the Embassy. You can find specific information on where to pay the visa application fee on the website of the US Embassy in your country.

3. Third, the United States is using a new non-immigrant visa application form: the DS-160, which will need to be completed online. This form supersedes all other forms. Instructions for completing the form online and links to the form can be found at https://ceac.state.gov/genniv/

Complete and submit the DS-160 form online in its entirety. Again, remember to use the exact same order of your names as they appear on your passport, and make sure they are spelled exactly the same. Now there is an additional question that requires you to list all the social media accounts you have, such as Facebook. You will then need to print the completed form and bring it with you to the Embassy when you go to your visa interview.

You will need to transmit your photo while you are completing Form DS-160 online. Your photograph must be in the format explained in the Photograph Requirements section: https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/us-visas/visa-information-resources/photos.html

If your photo transmission fails, you will need to take the photo with you when you go to your interview. Some Embassies also require you to bring an additional photograph to your interview.

4. Fourth, prepare for your visa interview. It is extremely essential that you apply for your visa well in advance of the start date of your studies. If possible, apply three months before the date you plan to travel to the United States. This will give you additional time if there are delays at the embassy, ​​or if you wish to appeal the decision if your visa is denied.

It is important to decide what clothes you will wear. Treat the interview as a formal event. The appropriate thing is business attire. First impressions can be crucial, as there will be little time to talk with the official, who often has only a few minutes to conduct the interview and make a decision.

You must be prepared to provide your information quickly and thoroughly. If you are unable to answer the questions in English and the visa officer does not speak your language, you can request an interpreter. Speaking English is not a requirement for a student visa. In fact, every year, thousands of students come to the United States to learn to speak English.

The official needs to know what your specific objectives are, both academic and professional, for which you want to study in the United States. Be prepared to explain why it is better to study your particular field in the United States than at home. You must be ready to say exactly what you are going to study and what career your studies in the United States will prepare you for. Calmly express your educational plans briefly and clearly.

If your plan is to go to the United States to learn English and then pursue a degree, you will need to be able to explain your entire program of study. Remember that it is not enough to simply say, “It is better to study in the United States.” You will need to provide valid reasons why it is better for you. 

Visa officers like to hear honest and direct answers to their questions. They generally react badly to applicants who offer vague answers, memorize a speech, or make overly eager comments about how great and wonderful America is.

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You should also be able to explain in detail why you have chosen to study at a particular institution and be able to provide information about that institution and where you will be living (dorm, host family, or apartment).

If you plan to return to your country to complete university studies after studying English in the United States, bring proof of your status as a student in your country. It may be helpful to bring a letter from a university professor supporting your study plan. 

Young people around the world are often unsure of their plans. However, during the visa interview, it is best to give firm answers. If you appear unsure about what you are going to do, the visa officer may believe that you are actually coming to the United States for reasons other than education.

Grades make an important difference. If your grades are below average, be prepared to explain why you think you will be successful in the United States. It may be helpful to obtain a letter from a principal or professor at a school, or from the institution that has admitted you to the United States, stating that the proposed curriculum in the United States is reasonable, and that explains your good prospects for success. If there were special circumstances (such as the death or illness of a close family member) that contributed to your poor grades, ask the institution to explain those circumstances.

The US Department of State (DOS) has implemented an online tool that immigrant and non-immigrant visa applicants can use to check the status of their application: https://ceac .state.gov/CEACStatTracker/Status.aspx

Financing

You must have sufficient and demonstrable financial resources to live and study in the United States. Visa applications are generally strengthened if the financial resources come from family members, employers, or other institutional sponsors located in your country of origin.

If your parents are going to pay for your education, you will need to bring documentation that shows how your family earns its income. Bring a letter from your parents’ employers stating what they do for a living, how long they’ve been with those organizations, and how much they earn.

When visa officials find conflicting or nonsensical information, they do not grant visas. If your family can only prove enough income to finance your stay in the United States, officials will be suspicious.

Large sums of money in bank accounts may not be sufficient proof of financial resources. When providing information about your bank accounts, ask someone at the bank for a letter stating how long the account has been in existence, and what its average balance has been. This should convince the visa officer that you and your family have a long and stable history with the bank.

“Intention to return”

Most student or exchange visitor visa applications are approved. The most common reason for a denial of an application is that the person requesting the visa has not demonstrated to the official that he will return to his country when he completes his studies in the United States. This rule is known as Section 214. b.

To determine your “intent to return” to your country, the visa officer will ask you a series of questions about your ties to your country of origin and about your study plans. Once again, you will need to show the officer that your family has the ability to finance the first year of your projected stay in the United States and that you have realistic plans to finance the rest of your education.

You must have with you all the required forms, including the I-20 or DS-2019, the DS-160, and the SEVIS payment receipt. You must take with you all the documents that show how you are going to pay for your education and why you are going to return to your country. Some examples of such documents are previous passports showing foreign travel, bank statements or pay stubs, and family or study documents.

If all of the above fails…

If you are denied a visa, you may be able to do something to reverse the denial. You can appeal the decision. In most cases, you will need to submit additional documentation that you did not submit with the initial application. In some cases, the visa officer may request additional documentation such as proof of employment or ownership of a home or business. You must respond with the requested information.

A fax or email from your school in the United States to the embassy or consulate in your city, containing details about your qualifications, and requesting that the application be reconsidered, can help you succeed in your appeal. Faxes should be addressed to the Chief of Nonimmigrant Visas at the consular post in question. Fax and telephone numbers are available on the page of the Embassy or Consulate where you will apply for the visa on the Department of State’s website at usembassy.state.gov. Look in the “Contact Us” section.

Six practical tips for your visa interview

  • He is wearing business attire
  • Be specific when answering questions
  • Bring bank statements or proof of employment with you
  • Provide details about your study plans
  • Stay calm and convey professionalism
  • Tell the truth

Once your visa is approved, you will receive it within a few days.

The United States issues different types of student visas:

A full-time student (Full Time Student) receives an F-1 or M-1 visa.

Your spouse and children receive F-2 or M-2 visas.

An Exchange Visitor receives a J-1 visa. Exchange visitors come to the United States for consultation, training, research, or teaching, or for a licensed Au Pair position (child care in a family home) or temporary employment.

Last year, 362,896 F-1 student visas were issued and there are currently 1,169,464 students in the United States holding F and M visas.

What things have changed?

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It would be easier to talk about the things that haven’t changed. Visas to study in the United States continue to be issued. Universities, boarding schools, and English language programs continue to welcome international students from any country. Just check out these videos produced by universities across the United States:

Visa officials are applying heightened scrutiny to all visa applicants. This simply means that you will need to make sure that you are well prepared for your visa interview. Be sure to follow the suggestions in the supplemental article. 

In the very brief visa interview, you should be able to explain why you want to study in the United States, what you will study, and how this will prepare you to work in your country when you finish your studies. You must be able to explain why you applied for admission to the institution that has accepted you and how you will cover the cost of your studies and your personal expenses. You may be asked other questions, such as about your identity on social networking sites like Facebook.

Wait times for interviews and visa issuance may be longer; That is why it is particularly important to apply for your visa as far in advance as possible. Student visas can be issued up to 120 days before the start of your program. 

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