F-1 Student Visa

The F-1 understudy visa is the most well-known visa for understudies needing to concentrate in the United States. It is a brief visa for unfamiliar understudies who enter the United States to proceed with their schooling at an authorize the everyday schedule. In 2012, around 486,000 new F-1 visas were given by the United States. This is twofold the sum given the earlier year.

F-1 Student Visa Application

The steps required to apply for an F-1 student visa may vary based on the U.S. embassy or consulate where you chose to submit your application. Visit USEmbassy.Gov to confirm the requirements for your specific U.S. embassy or consulate.

To begin the process of obtaining an F-1 student visa, you’ll need to:

  • Fill out the Online Nonimmigrant Visa Application, Form DS-160. Print this application form confirmation page and bring it to your F-1 student visa interview.
  • Upload Your Photo –Follow the photograph requirements and submit with the online application.

Upon completing your online application, you can then proceed to schedule an interview at any U.S. Embassy or Consulate. It’s best to choose an interview location in the area in which you have permanent residency. Apply for your F-1 student visa early because interview wait times will vary based on location and seasons.

F-1 Student Visa Requirements: 

  • The selected program must be an accredited academic educational program, a language-training program, or a vocational program.
  • The student’s school must be accepted by the Student and Exchange Visitors Program as well as Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
  • The student must be enrolled as a full-time student.
  • The student must be able to demonstrate proficiency in the English language or be enrolled in courses to reach that proficiency.
  • The student must have efficient funds to be financially independent during the course of the study.
  • The student must not release his/her acquired residence abroad.

F-1 Student Visa Required Documents:

There are a couple of reports that you are needed to get preceding your F-1 understudy visa meet and have with you on the meeting date. Neglecting to have these records can risk the endorsement of your F-1 understudy visa.

Valid Passport – Your identification should be legitimate for something like a half year past your time of stay in the United States.

Nonimmigrant Visa Application, Form DS-160 affirmation page

Application expense, installment receipt

Photograph – If your photograph neglected to transfer while finishing your online nonimmigrant visa application, you should bring a printed photograph that meets the prerequisites to the meeting.

Declaration of Eligibility for Nonimmigrant (F-1 or M-1) Student Status, Form I-20 – Your school will send you a SEVIS-produced Form I-20 whenever they have entered your data in the SEVIS information base. You and your school official should sign the Form I-20.


Showing of your scholastic planning, for example,

Records, confirmations, degrees, or testaments from the schools you joined in

Government sanctioned grades needed by your U.S. School.

Your aim to leave the United endless supply of the course of study.

How you will pay all instructive, living and travel costs.

F-1 Visa Interview

At the F-1 student visa interview, digital fingerprints will be taken during the interview and put on file. Consular officials will determine whether you’re qualified and have met all the requirements to be approved for the requested visa category. After the interview, your visa may undergo further administrative processing, which is resolved within an estimated 60 days after the interview.

Upon approval of the F-1 student visa, you can check visa processing time to estimate how long before the visa is ready for pick up or delivery date.

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