For a prospective non-immigrant student to study in SEVIS Certified school would have to obtain F or M Visa (non-academic courses). In order to apply for F1 Visa, student should have received Form I-20 from SEVP certified schools in USA. After receiving I-20, student have to attend Visa interview at US Consulate. http://youtu.be/y-2-Z4LBoZw
Many students get visa denied, because they were not well prepared for the interview. I suggest you read the following articles to get learn about the interview process.
To apply for student visa in India you would have to do the following
Students in other countries refer to respective US Consulate website about interview process.
Read this article to get complete list of F1 Visa Interview Documents (and samples). Now you have the list of documents, but that alone will not get the job done. Good preparation is the key to getting USA Visa.
When you enter the United States on a student visa, you will usually be admitted for the duration of your student status. In your I-20 and I-94 form you will see D/S written at Port of Entry. That means you may stay as long as you are a full time student, even if the F-1 visa in your passport expires while you are in America. For a student who has completed the course of studies shown on the I-20, and any authorized practical training, the student is allowed the following additional time in the U.S. before departure:
This is important. You have to understand how visa officers make the decision within few minutes of the interview. Sometimes they don’t look at the documents before rejecting the visa.
Here’s an article that show the exact decision making process : USA Visa Officer and Decision making
I got the scanned I-20, they have couriered the original but haven’t received it yet I have visa interview in next few days. Can I attend visa interview with scanned I-20?
No you cannot attend F-1 visa interview with scanned copy of your I-20. Give sufficient time for the I-20 to be delivered to you and book your interview based on that. Express delivery (FedEx, DHL) takes about 4 to 5 working days form USA to India. Regular USPS mail takes 2 to 4 weeks.
F1 Visa can be rejected under 214(b) Potential Immigrant section.
Most of the students, after US visa rejection thinks they didn’t do anything wrong. Visa officer rejected their US Visa and their dream without any valid reasons.
Remember, there are 2 point of views to your F1 Visa interview.
So, before arguing that your point of view is correct, think in terms of how visa officer would think.
Recreate your visa interview experience and understand what could have been VO officers point of view for this answer I gave.
So, think several times before blaming visa officer for rejections. My guess – it will be your mistake that caused visa rejections (majority of the times).
Following email exchange will show you how not to prepare for F1 Student Visa interview.
HSB Fan: Hello - I have visa interview in this week..can u give me some tips?
HSB – Speak with confidence and speak the truth. Practice in mirror by answering the questions. Smile when you speak. Good Luck.
HSB Fan – which type of questions they will ask?
HSB – Don’t say you have visa interview this week and you don’t know what types of questions they will ask.
Seriously, if you have US Visa interview this week and don’t know what type of questions will be asked? This is not acceptable.
Preparation is the key in every step of your journey to USA.
Financial Documents for F1 Visa
Here’s something interesting from US Consulate in Kolkata.
How do I prove I can pay for the program? What financial documents will you review?
Financial documents are not required for visa interviews.
Typically, officers will not review these documents and will ask you questions about how you plan to pay.
Documents are not forbidden, and may on occasion be reviewed, but we discourage applicants from going through trouble and expense of gathering accountant’s statements and property appraisals.
My suggestion – Take Bank Statements and Loan Sanction letter atleast. CA and Property appraisals is upto you to decide. Plus, this was in Kolkata US Consulate website, and rules could be different for other US consulates.
One possible out come of F1 Visa interview is Administrative processing under section 221(g). Administrative processing is not visa denial.
Additional processing is required before issuing visa. About 0% of 221(g) processing are approved.