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Student Visa Requirements for Study Abroad in USA

"Student Visa Requirements for Study Abroad in USA "

"Student Visa Requirements for Study Abroad in USA "
Students are applying to a full time course of more than 18 hours per week will necessitate a student visa. The US Government recommends these students to apply for their visa as soon as possible.

  1.  The student must apply to an institution approved by the US Citizenship and Immigration Service. Once this institution decides an application is complete and academically eligible the student will be sent a SEVIS document.
  2. After the student receives the I-20 or D-2019 form from their institution it is time to arrange an interview with their nearest US Embassy or Consulate.
  3. Then is the Personal Interview: Students must provide a completed DS-156 and DS-158 form. Some students may be required to complete a DS-157 form. Students who are bringing their children will be required to fill out a separate form. A valid passport with at least six months validity, one passport sized photograph as well as the non-refundable application fee.

Student visa type often determines whether healthcare insurance is compulsory for students.

  • By law, students studying on a J-1 visa are required to purchase a healthcare policy
  • Students studying on an F-1 visa are not required to purchase a policy by law. However some colleges may still deem it compulsory. Either way, healthcare insurance is strongly advised.

Upon submitting the application candidates are also compulsory to submit a copy of their passport. Original passports would only be required for verification. The embassy has the set aside right for asking any other substantiation. Imperfect applications would not be accepted. Visa processing depends upon the nationality of the applicant. All regulations consular fees or services are subject to change without any prior notice.


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