What are the initial steps for US Study Visa (Post Graduation)?

Asked by Rahul about 1 year ago

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Blake Prescher

Blake Prescher

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I know applying for a visa can look like a tough task and there is also this fear of getting rejected. Don’t worry, I have created a step by step process for you to apply for your USA Study Visa. Since you mentioned you are opting for post-graduation, the type of visa that you would be enrolling for is F1 Visa.

1. Get your I-20 from your university

The HIO generally takes up to 10 days to issue an I-20 after receipt of a request from the school.


2. Pay the SEVIS fee

Go to www.fmjfee.com. You can find the SEVIS number in the upper left corner of Form I-20. 

SEVIS fee proof of payment is a required document in your visa application interview at a US Embassy.


3. Complete the DS-160

DS-160 is an online visa application form that you must complete before applying.

Print and keep the DS-160 barcode page. Schedule a visa interview appointment. Pay the visa application processing fee.


4. Apply for your F1 visa

 You must bring your passport, form I-20, SEVIS fee receipt, DS-160 confirmation, proof of funding, and any additional documentation required by the individual US Embassy or Consulate


5. Visa appointment interview and processing times

Be prepared to answer questions regarding the length of your intended stay in the US and how you will use your academic experience gained in the US when you return to your country of origin.


6. Wait for your Visa to be processed & Arrive in the US

Visa processing time vary widely, particularly if you are put through administrative processing, a form of security check, which could delay the entire process.


These are the visa requirements:

Fees for F1 Visa - $160

A valid passport in good condition

Passport size photographs for your visa

Printed copies of your fee receipts 

University application

Offer of acceptance from an American university or academic institution

Bank statements as proof of financial soundness


Some of the most commonly asked visa interview questions include:

Why do you want to study in the US?

Why can’t you continue your education in your home country?

What are you planning to study?

Have you been to the United States before?

Why did you choose this university?


If you still need any guidance, I suggest you directly get in touch with Study Abroad Experts here. They have been assisting students with the loan application process from quite a long time now. I am sure it will save you some time and hassle.


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