How to Successfully Complete a US Student Visa application (also known as the F-1 Visa)

Knowing what to expect from the Student Visa application can save you time and money in the long-run. If you are looking for general information on how to complete the Visa application, you have come to the right place!  However, if you need a Student Visa you should hire an immigration attorney.

The first step to completing a F-1 Visa application is to apply to successfully apply to an American University and to receive an offer from that University. Once you have received an offer, you are halfway there!

The next step is to ensure that you have the financial means to support yourself while you are studying in the US. American colleges and Universities tend to be a lot more expensive in comparison to other countries, and knowing the costs of your education will ensure that you can meet the requirements of the Visa.

Once you have received your offer and you can prove that you can financially support yourself (with either a sponsor, bank funding, government student loans, educational bonds, trust funds, or other means), the rest of the application is a piece of cake!

The rest of the application requires the application fee, photos (to the application’s specifications), a valid passport that has more than a 6-month expiry date window, and a completed DS-160 form (you would also need to complete the DS-157 form if you’re male).

Once you have submitted all of the required documentation, you will be requested to attend an interview for the F-1 Visa if your application is accepted. Once your interview has been approved, your F-1 Visa is granted!

Tips to keep in mind:

  • Research the school you want to attend well in advance of your application
  • Keep your grades at a high academic standard
  • Ensure that you complete the DS-160 form completely and accurately
  • If you are unsure of how to complete the DS-160 form, request help from a certified legal professional
  • Prepare yourself well in advance of the interview
  • Actively pursue grants and scholarships if you have concerns over how to pay for your education
  • Keep up to date with your contact information and communicate with your school when any information needs to be updated
  • If your F-1 Visa has been granted, ensure that you do not work off-campus, or it could lead to serious consequences for your Student Visa and future entry into the United States

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