This provides information about US Student Visa – F1 Visa. For a prospective non-immigrant student to study in SEVIS Certified school would have to obtain F or M Visa (non-academic courses). In order to apply for F1 Visa, student should have received Form I-20 from SEVP certified schools in USA. After receiving I-20, student have to attend Visa interview at US Consulate.
F1 Visa Interview Tips
Many students get visa denied, because they were not well prepared for the interview. I suggest you read the following articles to get a feel for F1 Visa interview process.
- F1 Student Visa Interview questions
- F1 Visa Interview Questions and Answers
- F1 Visa Interview Tips
- How to Calculate Required Bank Balance for F1 Visa
- Steps to calculate Total Tuition Fees for I-20
- F1 Visa – How to Show Bank Balance for 2 Years
Above article should have given you an idea of what to expect and how to prepare for F1 Visa Interview. But, to go to next step, you have to read F1 visa interview experiences posted by other students.
F1 Visa – FAQ’s
- Students should note that Embassies and Consulates are able to issue your student visa 120 days or less, in advance of the course of study registration date.
- Students are advised of the Department of Homeland Security regulation which requires that all initial or beginning students enter the U.S. 30 days or less in advance of the course of study start/report date as shown on the Form I-20. Please consider this date carefully when making travel plans to the U.S.
What is SEVIS and SEVP?
- Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) – Designed to help the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and Department of State better monitor school and exchange programs and F, M and J category visitors.
- Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS) is an Internet-based system that maintains accurate and current information on non-immigrant students. It enables schools to transmit mandatory information via the Internet, to the DHS and Department of State (DOS) throughout a student or exchange visitor’s stay in the United States.
Requirements for F1 Visa
- Have a residence abroad, with no immediate intention of abandoning that residence;
- Intend to depart from the United States upon completion of the course of study; and
- Possess sufficient funds to pursue the proposed course of study.
Applying for Student Visa (F1)
To apply for student visa in India you would have to do the following
- Pay the fees in approved HDFC Banks (Refer to VFS Website)
- Complete DS-160 form (online)
- Use the Confirmation number printed in DS-160 to schedule F1 Visa appointment in VFS Website.
- Follow the instructions on VFS Site about required documents and interview procedure.
Students in other countries refer to respective US Consulate website about F1 Visa interview process.
Read this article to get complete list of F1 Visa Interview Documents (and samples). Now you have the list of documents, but that alone will not get the job done. Good preparation is the key to get F1 Visa.
How Long can you stay in F1 Visa
When you enter the United States on a student visa, you will usually be admitted for the duration of your student status. In your I-20 and I-94 form you will see D/S written at Port of Entry.
That means you may stay as long as you are a full time student, even if the F-1 visa in your passport expires while you are in America. For a student who has completed the course of studies shown on the I-20, and any authorized practical training, the student is allowed the following additional time in the U.S. before departure:
- F-1 student – An additional 60 days, to prepare for departure from the U.S. or to transfer to another school
- CPT – Curriculum Practical Training
- OPT – Optional Practical Training (OPT) must have an I-20 endorsed for OPT, and provide a USCIS-issued Employment Authorization Document (EAD). When authorized, Optional Practical Training (OPT) is temporary employment that is directly related to the eligible F-1 student’s area of study.