International students are sometimes surprised at just how large the U.S. is and how far it can be from coast to coast or even from one major city to another. But airlines, the interstate highway network, buses, and trains all make U.S. travel relatively easy.
Seeing the differences in climate, geography, and the way people think in different parts of the country can be a significant part of international student experience.
Applying for Students Visa
To enter the United States as an F-1 student, the student must apply at a US Embassy of Consulate for an F-1 student visa. Depending on the country where the Embassy or Consulate is located, the student may be required to make an appointment. We inform the policies of the Embassy/Consulate for the student’s country so that the student will not encounter unexpected delays. In some countries, students fail to obtain a visa because they were not aware of the procedures or were not prepared.We do not let this happen to the students from the Indian sub-continent. The information outlined below is designed to help the student understand the visa pro cess.
By law, all nonimmigrants are viewed as “intending immigrants”. This means that the visa officer is under the assumption that the student will be coming to the US and will remain in the US permanently. Student visas (F class) are given to students that can demonstrate to the Consul that they intend to return permanently at the conclusion of their studies.
To obtain a student visa, you must demonstrate that you :
Have the ability and intention to pursue a course of full-time study. This can be demonstrated by official acceptance from the college or university that you wish to attend. Visa officers will also want to see transcripts and test scores or discuss your plans further. HINT: Be prepared to tell the visa officer what you want to study, where you want to study, how you are going to finance your stay in the United States, and what you intend to do with your degree when you return to your home country. Be prepared to do this clearly and quickly.
Possess adequate funds to cover all of the costs listed by the university on the I-20 or IAP-66 form that they will send to you when you are accepted. These costs include tuition, fees, living expenses, and incidental expenses. As a general rule, the consular official will want to see the documentation for first year’s expenses and documentation showing how the money will be found for future years.
Have sufficiently strong social, economic, and other reasons to leave the United States upon completion of the projected program of studies. Such reasons can be shown during the visa interview, by such means as showing strong family ties in your home country and/or excellent employment prospects when you return home with a U.S. degree.
Are able to articulate your reason for studying at a specific institution.
Applicants for U.S. student visas must apply for their visas no earlier than 90 days before the date when they must report to the school in the United States. You will, however, want to apply as early as possible to allow time for processing your application.