As an international student, you will have to get a student visa. The United States of America (USA) offers three types of student visas that are called F, J & M.
The Types of Visas
Depending on the type of education you want to pursue, you will have to choose between these three visas:
F-1 student visa
To study at the USA accredited university or college
J-1 exchange visa
To take part in an exchange program offered by high schools and universities.
M-1 student visa
To take part in training programs, vocational studies and non-academic programs in the USA.
Before applying for any of the above visas, you have to apply and be accepted by a USA institution that offers higher education and is certified by SEVP or Student Exchange and Visitor Program. You can check the USA Department of Education to get a list of all the accredited USA institutions.
After being accepted by the SEVP certified institution, you will receive an I-20 form from the international student’s office of that institute. This form will contain all your data and be a record in the Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS).
Required Documents for Visa Application
You will need the following documents:
- A valid for six months after your initial period of stay in the USA
- Acceptance in a SEVP certified institute and form I-20
- Payment for SEVIS
- An application for a non-immigrant visa and form DS-160
- Your photographs in specific formats and contact number
Some additional documents you may require are:
- Academic certificates such as degrees, diplomas or transcripts
- Evidence to show you have enough funds to bear living expenses. This includes:
- Bank statements
- Scholarship program
- A statement of your sponsor’s financial undertaking
Finally, you may need to appear for a formal interview at the U.S. embassy.