How long is the Bank Statements and Affidavits of Support Valid

Raghuram Sukumar Application 9 Comments

Bank statement is a mandatory document and its part of your college application package for International students applying to study in the USA.

You are required to get two bank statements. One during your application process and the second one are during the F1 Visa Interview.

Would it be possible to use the same bank statement for both admission and visa interview?

Validity of Bank Statements

Last month, I applied for F-1 visa for US. Unfortunately, I got rejected. I have decided to reapply. My relatives had sponsored me.

I plan to apply again after 5 months. I have this query, “Will I have to make the support affidavit again with new date?”

For how long the affidavit for US embassy can be valid. No information has changed, everything is same. Same college, same country and same amount of money.

Your websites have helped me a lot, you are really doing a humanitarian job. People waste a lot of money with agents. But I just followed the guidelines on your website.

Though I was rejected the visa but it was just because of a foolish mistake. Anyhow, please reply to my query.

F-1 Visa Rejected

I’m sorry to hear that your F-1 visa application got rejected. But I’d like to tell you that one of my friends got his visa stamped during the third attempt. So, don’t give up hope because you still have a chance. Also, you should know by now that you have to be really at your best when appearing for visa interviews.

Your smile, voice tone, how you present yourself, confidence, and much more — everything counts. You didn’t say what was the foolish mistake that you did, so don’t repeat it and I wish you the best of luck next time.

Validity of Bank Statement and Affidavit of Support

As far I know bank statements and affidavits of support are valid for six months from the date they were issued. I have looked at a few universities’ web pages, and they clearly mentioned about the document’s 6 month validity.

I assume the same rule also applies at U.S. consulates, too. I also remember I have read about such documents being valid for six months when they are used for US visa stamping, but I can’t say for sure.

For F1 Visa interview, I would highly recommend getting a recent bank statement. I do understand the reason you are asking this question.

You have pooled the money to get the bank statement, and it may be difficult to get the money again.  But, I would still recommend you to get the new bank statement.

Next: Impact of Getting bank statement from Agents or Relatives

Comments

  1. Hello sir, I’m applying for my student visa next week and my bank statement is 2 months old, is it still valid ?

  2. Hello Sir
    Greeting
    I want to ask u the bank statemenats Vild for how many days I want to apply visa but i took already state ment last week.and I going to apply next week is it like that

    Pleas sir I wait for your reply by the email

  3. I taken the bank statement before the I 20 (3 days before ) , please advice ,

  4. Dear Sir
    thanks for you great help to students.I haven't got such type of help from anywhere.You are doing this great job without ant profit i am surprised to see your helping nature.
    God bless you.May god bless you long ,happy and healthy life so that you can help the needy ones.

  5. A credential is an attestation of qualification, the academic world makes very extensive use of credentials, such as diplomas, certificates, and degrees, in order to attest to the completion of specific training or education programs by students, and to attest to their successful completion of tests and exams.

    Documentation of academic credentials usually consists of a printed, formal document designed to last a lifetime without deterioration. The issuing institution often maintains a record of the credential as well. Academic credentials are normally valid for the lifetime of the person to whom they are issued.

  6. Dear friend Anusha,
    I have read about credits on a US university website.
    Credentials are the credits. When Indian education is evaluated by the US university, they will give you credits. US education is credit based US Students earn credits, which decides their eligibility.
    When US university will compare your education with theirs, first they will evaluate credits according to their standards.
    The evaluation of your degree or certificate will decide your credits. The credits will decide your course cirriculum.
    Conditional admission means that you will have to attend some extra classes other than your course, in order to meet their eligiblity standard.

    1. @ Varun

      Credentials are the credits – Wrong.
      When Indian education is evaluated by the US university, they will give you credits. US education is credit based US Students earn credits, which decides their eligibility. – Misleading, correct to some extent
      When US university will compare your education with theirs, first they will evaluate credits according to their standards. – Correct
      The evaluation of your degree or certificate will decide your credits. The credits will decide your course cirriculum – Nope not at all
      Conditional admission means that you will have to attend some extra classes other than your course, in order to meet their eligiblity standard. – Right, but there is more to it

  7. RAGHU sir thanks for replying. I appreciate and wonder that your helping attitude and efforts of regular updating saves alot of money of so many people………… its beyond imagination and amazing that in India your site provides how many people.
    Its the power or IT. I want to make readers know that in Punjab the agents charge upto Rs.40,000 (exclusive of any document prepration) just for guiding- how to apply. Beside people of rural areas even educated persons pay them. Like these people I was also going to pay money to agent..But luckily while checking emails, I read about you.
    I was just near my visa but the foolish mistake I made was that they asked me that “Why I have choosen to study abroad and why not in India?” I was nervous already and my communication skills went down. Anyhow, now I have made everything prepared.
    To the other readers I want to say that English should be very fine, because their accent is sometimes very fast. Secondly, I realized that its very necessary to daisfy them “verbally”.
    I thought that my documents are fine and genuine and I will get no problem, but I was wrong. They did’nt even look at my docs.
    Finally, I will say that US visa is the easiest process provided that the applicant tackels the situation efficiently.

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