The US government offers student visas in three main categories: F, J, and M.
- For taking classes at an accredited American university or college or for learning English at a school that offers the subject. F Student Visa
- J visa for exchange students: for programs that send students from high school and universities abroad.
- Use the M Student Visa to pursue non-academic or vocational education or training in the United States.
Before submitting an application for an F, J, or M student visa, you must first apply to and be accepted by a U.S. institution of higher education accredited by the Student Exchange and Visitor Program (SEVP).
Even though a facility is SEVP-certified and qualified to offer I-20 and DS-2019 forms for use in visa applications, it may not hold national or regional accreditation. The databases of the U.S. Department of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation contain information about the accreditation status of all American institutions.
Organizations that have been authorized by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs to host participants in Academic Exchange programs must be accredited (J visas). A facility may not hold national or regional accreditation even though it is SEVP-certified and qualified to provide I-20 and DS-2019 forms for use in visa applications. The recognition of course credits and degrees by other universities, as well as by domestic and international businesses, is impacted by a facility’s accreditation. To learn more about accreditation, you can speak with an EducationUSA Adviser in person or online.
You will get a Form I-20 or DS-2019 from the school’s international student office after being approved, which you must show when you apply for your student visa. Following receipt of your form, go to:
1. One is the U.S. Department of State’s Consular Affairs (Student Visas).
2. American Consulates and Embassies, maintained by the U.S. Department of State.
3. U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s study abroad program.
It is important to note the involvement of two distinct U.S. government agencies in matters pertaining to international students’ admission and status while they are studying there.
The State Department is in charge of handling the visa application and issuing procedures. Once a holder of a visa enters the country, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security takes over responsibility for entrance as well as for issuing and enforcing international student restrictions.
Please review the details from all three of the aforementioned sources before applying for a student visa to the United States. The websites include crucial topics including employment and maintaining your status.
The essential paperwork you need to provide while applying for a US visa is shown below:
- Applying for a non-immigrant visa.
- A passport that is still valid for at least six months after the duration of your intended stay.
- Recent passport-size pictures.
- DS-160, the visa application.
- I-901 SEVIS payment confirmation pages.
- Form I-20.
- Students must submit their grade reports and exam results to the US school.
- Fill up the college application using your bank statements from when you applied.