Visa Application Process
One of the most crucial aspects of preparing to study abroad is the process of obtaining a student visa. You will need to be sure to have a complete application and all of the required supporting documentation, and will need to present your case confidently and effectively in your interview.
Academic studies (F visa)
This visa is for individuals who wish to study or conduct research at an accredited U.S. college or university. In order to apply for an F-1 visa, an applicant must have received a Form I-20 from a U.S. institution.
Exchange Visitor (J visa)
Some academic activities may fall under the J visa Exchange Visitor category. Examples include exchange scholars, post-doctoral researchers, recipients of short-term academic research fellowships, and medical residents. In order to apply for a J-1 visa, an applicant must have received a Form DS-2019 from the sponsoring organization or institution.
Student Visa Interview Appointments
All non-immigrant visa applicants are required to go to a U.S. Embassy or Consular office for a visa interview and to present required documentation to demonstrate their economic and social ties in their country of origin. It is the responsibility of the candidate to prove that they can financially support themselves for the period of overseas study and that they have social and economic ties to India that are strong enough to bring them back promptly.
To obtain an employment-based immigrant visa, there is usually a requirement that an applicant applies and obtains labor certification. This process, designed to ensure that no qualified U.S. workers exist for the position, is often difficult and can take several years to complete (depending on jurisdiction). It is therefore desirable to apply under an alternative category, which lacks this labor certification requirement.