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U.S. Student Visa

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What is a U.S. Student Visa?

If you’re planning to go study full-time in the U.S. and attend a university, college, school, seminary, conservatory, or any other academic institution, you will need to apply for an F-1 student visa. Language courses are also included under this program.

In order to qualify for a student visa, the educational institution you plan to attend must be approved under the SEVP (Student and Exchange Visitor Program), and you must be registered in SEVIS

To prove your registration, you will also need to provide the receipt for your SEVIS fee.

National students from any of the Visa Waiver Program countries cannot travel on an ESTA for university studies and are required to get a Student visa. If all of this feels a little overwhelming, don’t worry - our travel consultants will help you through the whole process, from start to finish.

When applying for a student visa, you must:

Have a valid passport. The validity date must be at least 6 months beyond your intended period of stay (unless exempt).
Be registered to attend a study course leading to a U.S.-conferred degree or certificate.
Be accepted to a SEVP-approved school in the United States.
Be registered in SEVIS and have the receipt for the SEVIS fees.
Have a common carrier ticket, or any other evidence of transportation arrangements into the United States.
Have evidence of sufficient funds for travel, accommodation, and other expenses while in the US.
Have proof of academic preparation (previous diplomas, certificates or degrees, as applicable).
Hold residence outside of the United States, and demonstrate sufficient ties to your home country that will ensure your departure at the end of your visit.
And most importantly, you must present sufficient evidence and supporting documents of the above, which may be more or less complex depending on your personal situation.

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