VISA & Travel information

US Visa-Points to remember


Prior to your consular interview try to gather the following

  • Pay the I-901 SEVIS fee. Visit student exchange visitor programme’s website for making payment appropriate for your programme and save the I-797 receipt. SEVIS is student exchange visitor information system which is used to generate your I-20 or Ds-2019 and keep record of your immigration status while student/exchange visitor in the US
  • Complete and sign electronic e form Non immigrant visa application form DS-156 along with DS-158.
  • US embassy in New Delhi and Consulates in Chennai, Hyderabad, Kolkata and Mumbai.
  • Application DS-160 is the latest one replacing DS-156,157 and 158
  • Pay the Machine readable visa application fee
  • One 2X2 inch passport size photograph
  • A passport valid at least six months beyond your anticipated stay in US
  • 1I-20/DS-2019 form issued by the programme you plan. Exchange visitor need to submit DS-7002
  • Transcripts and diplomas from previous institutions attended
  • Letter of admission from US institution or sponsor
  • Scores of tests like TOEFL, SAT, GRE, GMAT,etc
  • Evidence of adequate funding to cover the tuition fee and living expenses-Bank statements, affidavits of support, scholarships, assistantships,etc
  • Evidence of strong ties to your home and your intent to return after study
  • Relationship of the dependents with proof
  • Digital fingerprint scan will be taken before the interview.

Interview will be in English which lasts only 3-5 minutes. They will review of your application and supporting documents. You must quickly and clearly demonstrate to the consular officer that you are serious in your intentions to the study, have enough funding to support your stay in US, possess the English proficiency and plan to return home after your study period. Since you are applying for a non immigrant visa, you must convince the officer that study in the US is an important part of your ultimate career plan to return to your home country.


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