Study in USA Student Visa Facts & Information
When you dream to study overseas, it comes with a lot of challenges. Finding the right college, the application process, the GRE, and, most crucial of all, the student study VISA application.
Types of Student Visa
Many study abroad colleges offer different courses & the term varies for each of them. That’s why there are different visas for international students to fit their needs.
- F-1 Student Visa: This is one of the most common types of US student visas. It is suitable for programs requiring more than 18 hours of attendance per week. This visa type includes both UG & PG programs.
- J-1 Exchange Student Visa: The J-1 visa is preferable for students, scholars, and working professionals looking for a short-term program to study overseas in US. This visa best fits students visiting the US for exchange programs.
- M-1 Vocational/ Non-Academic Visa: This particular type of visa is required for vocational programs and technical schools. This visa does not allow students to overstay in the US.
Cost of the Visa
TIP: Most students take some time before continuing their masters education after their undergraduate. If you’ve had a year’s gap post-undergraduate education & have done absolutely nothing in this period, make sure you’ve got sufficient reasons to tackle the questions during the interview.
USA Embassy & Consulates
The US student visa application for the F-1 visa is entirely online. To complete their USA student visa application, applicants must visit biometric and student US visa interview centres in India.
Here is a list of the US Embassy & Consulate addresses to complete the US student visa process for Indian students:
- US Consulate General in Hyderabad, Paigah Palace, 1-8-323, Chiran Fort Lane, Begumpet, Secunderabad 500 003
- US Embassy in New Delhi, Shanti Path, Chanakyapuri, New Delhi-110021
- US Consulate General in Mumbai, C-49, G-Block, Bandra Kurla Complex, Bandra East, Mumbai 400051
- US Consulate General in Chennai, 220 Anna Salai, Gemini Circle, 600006
- US Consulate General in Kolkata, 5/1 Ho Chi Minh Sarani, 700071
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 or report date as shown on the Form I-20.
NOTE: Please consider this date carefully when making travel plans to the U.S.
The US student visa interview usually lasts for 4-5 minutes. At the time of your interview, have all of your US study abroad visa interview documents neatly catalogued in a file. Questions asked during the US visa interview usually focus on your intent of coming back and your awareness of your programme, university, finances, etc. If these questions are answered in a satisfactory manner, the consulate officer can approve your application. At the end of your interview, you can expect the visa officer to ask for your passport to get it stamped for a USA study visa!