Documents for your US F1 Visa Interview

Documents for your US F1 Visa Interview

Getting your visa to study in the United States takes time but can be a surprisingly easy procedure. Universities in the United States continue to be very interested in welcoming students from all countries. After you are accepted for admission to a full-time study, the university will send you a document called an I-20 form, which is the application for an F-1 student visa.

While the application process for an international student or exchange visitor visa can be confusing, hundreds of thousands of students are able to meet the requirements for a visa each year.

Statistic : In 2020 the US issued 3,62,896 F-1 Student visas 

We provide a comprehensive checklist for you to make the process smoother. Ensure you carry the following documents with you for your interview:

    • US University related paperwork
      • I-20/SEVIS form issued by the U.S University
      • Completed DS-160 visa application form
      • SEVIS receipt fee
      • Original Admit letter from your university
      • Financial Aid Offer Letter from the university (if applicable)
      • Receipt of deposit/advance payment made to the university

 

    • Academic Paperwork
      • Original degree certificate / Provisional Degree Certificate (if available or has been longer than 1 year since graduation)
      • Original mark sheets (10th and 12th grade, all semesters of your undergrad program)
      • Provisional mark sheet for any pending results
      • College transcript (aggregate of all semesters)
      • GMAT/SAT/GRE and TOEFL/IELTS score reports
      • Copy of your research work/project (if available / published)

 

    • Financial Documents
      • Documents that confirm your financial holdings. We recommend that you show liquid assets as proof of capability to pay for the entire first year of education and cost of living. And readiness to support with further funds through other assets
      • Original Affidavit of Support from your sponsor(s)
      • Bank statements of the past 6 months for ALL of your Sponsors in original
      • Original Income tax return filings of Sponsors (atleast 2-3 years) along with salary slips for past 3-6 months
      • If parent owns a business – carry the balance sheet of the last 3 years
      • Original documents to prove liquid assets like demat statement with valuation of shares, LIC Policy value, Provident fund etc.
      • For non-liquid assets , a statement from your CA stating all immovable property and other fixed assets.
      • Loan sanction letter from the bank in original.
      • Proof of relationship with the sponsor (eg parent, family member) will be established via your birth certificate.

 

    • Biometric Documents  
      • Passport
      • DS-160 confirmation page
      • Appointment confirmation page
      • Visa application fee receipt (original)
      • One photograph

 

  • Other Documents
    • Experience letter / recommendation from employer (if employed)
    • Salary slips for 6 months / IT returns (if employed)
    • Resume / CV (for internships as well)
    •  SOP
    • Accept / Reject letters for other programs that you applied
    • Copy of any email exchanges with university related to the program / or with the faculty

Despite carrying all these documents, the interviewing officer can ask you for any document that they feel will be necessary to make a decision. In such cases they give a 221g refusal. The word “refusal” does not mean your visa is not granted. It only implies that the embassy needs more corroborating information for your case. A visa refusal under Section 221g of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) means that information is missing from your application or that more processing time is needed. In case of a 221g, they will issue you a slip with an assigned case number. Depending on your case, you will have to submit the respective documents needed to get through your visa application process. You will have the option to submit your documents electronically or at the VFS Dropbox.

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