Many Asian students, including Pakistani, Srilankan, Indian and Bangladeshi students apply for Student Visa in USA. Sadly, many of them are refused to get a Visa to Study in the USA. It's because, many of them lack the knowledge of the proper process which is surprisingly an easy one! Better yet, the number of student visas issued by the United States has grown significantly in many countries.
Once you are accepted in a USA study program, you will need to complete the official paperwork to apply for a visa. Though we all know getting a student visa in USA is very difficult, but hundreds of thousands of students are getting the visa each year to study in USA.
Types of USA Student Visas: USA issues different types of visas to students.
* If you're a full-time student then you would receive an F-1 or M-1 visa. «READ MORE»
And your spouse and children would receive F-2 or M-2 visas. When a college or university in America approve your application for study, they would send you an I-20 form. This form is actually an application for F-1 Visa.
What happens after you send your application for Admission in a USA college or University:
Receiving the I-20 Form: If your application is accepted then the school or university will send you the I-20 form for an F-1 visa confirming that you have been accepted at the institution authorized by the U.S. Citizenship and Naturalization Service (USCIS) to enroll as a non-immigrant student. You will have to read, fill-up and sign this form.
Submitting your F-1 Visa Application: Now you need to make an appointment for a USA student visa interview and pay required fees. After you submit your visa application you need to wait for a particular period of time. Your student Visas can be issued up to 120 days before the date on your form I-20. To know the expected wait time for a visa in your country you need to visit the US embassy website of your country. Student visa applicants should receive priority by the Embassy or Consulate. So if your program of study will begin soon be sure to explain this when applying for your visa.
You need to pay a $200 fee which supports the cost of the computer system used to record your stay in the United States (SEVIS). You will also need to pay an additional $131 for the visa application fee in your country at the U.S. Embassy or Consulate or at a bank that the Embassy designates.
You must submit the form DS-156, Application for a Nonimmigrant Visa, and DS-158, Contact Information and Work History for Nonimmigrant Visa Applicant. If you're a male student between the ages of 16 and 45 then you need to complete the form DS-157, Supplemental Nonimmigrant Visa.
Complete these forms neatly and completely. Now you need to print them out and submit them to the Embassy.
It is of utmost importance that you apply for visa well in advance of the date you will begin your studies. Try to apply three months before you plan to travel to the U.S.A. You never know if there will be delays at the Embassy. Besides, citizens of some countries have to undergo additional screening that takes several additional weeks of processing. So, keep this in mind and submit your visa application well ahead.
Prepare for Your Visa Interview: You got your offer letter and submitted your visa application - so you think you're almost there. Oops. It's not so, often visas are refused from students who cannot make a good impression or respond appropriately at the Visa interview. Here are five tips to remember to do good at the interview.
* Wear Formal Dress: You should wear a suit because what you wear is important. First impressions can be crucial, since there will be little time to speak with the officer, who will often have only a few minutes to conduct the interview and make a decision.
* Be specific and quick when you answer questions: Prepare to give your information quickly and completely.
* Objective: The visa officer may ask your specific objective for studying in the United States. Be direct and state your education plans briefly and clearly. Visa officers generally react poorly to applicants who give vague answers like - United States is such a great country to study in etc. You need to explain exactly why it is better to study your specific field in the United States than to study at home. Be ready to say exactly what you will study and for what career your U.S. studies will prepare you. The officer may also ask why you chose to study at a specific school. Be prepared to give information about that school and about your accommodation.
* Intent to Return: The officer might ask you what you'd do after finishing your study. He would expect that you say you'll return home - though both of you know it might not be the case. But you must prove your intent to return home to the officer or else you can think of your visa application - a gone case!
* Details of your study plans: Having some sort of study plan could be helpful. If you first write down your study plan and can manage a letter from a professor of your local university supporting your study plan. If the officer founds you unsure about what you will be doing, he may believe that you are going to the United States for reasons other than education.
If your grades are below average, be prepared to explain how you are going to succeed in the United States. A letter from your U.S. admitting school stating that the proposed program of study makes sense for you and bears good prospects for success can be helpful.
* Bank statements or proof of employment: You must have adequate financial support to live and study in the United States. Your visa application will have a stronger ground if the financial support comes from family or institutional sponsors located in your home country. However, you need to show proof of income of your sponsor. For example, you must bring a letter from your the employers of your parents stating what they do, how long they have worked, and how much they earn from the organization.
Remember, large sums of money in bank accounts may not be sufficient proof of financial support. You should also provide a letter from your bank that states how long the account is in existence and what the average balance in the account has been. It should convince the visa officer that you have a long and stable financial history at the bank. If visa officers see information that is contradictory or does not make sense, they would not grant visas.
Best of luck!