Are you looking for student F1 visa dates appointment and couldn’t find one?
In the last past days, the bulk of the comments and emails I received were about student visas for the U.S. Most of the inquiries came from those who were intending to book their student visa interview dates.
A couple of the students said that they couldn’t find student F1 visa slots for interview in November or December for both regular and emergency student visa category.
Remember you can attend F1 visa interview upto 90 days before the date listed on your I-20.
If you are in such a situation, don’t panic. You still have time to get a student visa and attend the Spring Semester.
The Same scenario can happen with Fall Semester.
Here’re a few things you can do so you will be well prepared about the scheduling aspects and what is the last date you can wait to appear for student F1 visa interview.
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- Decide on one university from your list of different admission potentials.
- If you have more than one admission and haven’t received I-20 from the university you want to attend, don’t wait till that I-20 arrives to book visa dates.
- Go ahead and fill out the DS forms for student visa.
- Find out when is the orientation for Spring Semester for international students.
Let’s say the International Student Orientation is on January 14, 2008, you can wait until the 1st week of January for receiving the I-20 and go for the student visa interview on the 1st week of January.
- Some schools have more than 1 orientation for new international students, find out all the dates.
- Now that your have all the dates, find out when will the classes for Spring Semester begin.
- Know when is it mandatory to attend am international student orientation.
- If it’s not mandatory, then you will have more time to wait to receive your I-20.
- If it’s mandatory, you will have little less time. Orientation will be usually 1-2 weeks before classes start.
- So if you don’t have the student visa dates, and have your I-20 in hand and are waiting for the I-20 from the school of your choice, try to book the student visa date as late as possible.
A student has admitted from both IIT and NJIT. He already received his I-20 from NJIT and still waiting for the I-20 from IIT.
He wants to attend IIT, and his orientation is on January 14. He’s confused, not sure how to proceed since there are no student visa dates available.
I will explain the different possible options he has.
Case 1: (Booked early student visa dates)
He checked the date availability for student visa slot and no dates were available in December and the only days available were January 2 and November 30.
He wants to attend IIT, but his I-20 was expected to arrive only on the 1st week of December. He was very nervous and then books a student visa interview slot on November 30.
I’m sure there are many students who have made the same mistake above. This is because they panicked when no student visa slots in emergency and regular slots were available.
Actually, there is no reason to panic when the orientation is on January 14. He should have booked the student visa interview on the 2nd of January.
It’s always possible to book student visa interview dates with one I-20 and then change it to a different university before appearing for the student visa schedule.
Case 2: (Hesitating to book student visa dates)
One other possibility does not know what to do in this situation and waiting for student visa slots to open, but he haven’t taken the initiative to book the dates. That’s the worst thing one can do.
- Don’t panic. Dates will open up.
Just make sure that the I-20 you are waiting for is posted and it’s on its way to your residence. It will take 2-3 weeks for an I-20 via normal mail to reach you.
For instance, my I-20 was posted on November 17th, and I got it on December 2nd when I applied for the F1 student visa.
- Don’t panic.
- Find when your I-20 was posted and add 3 weeks to it.
- Know when will your orientation will be.
- Leave a maximum of 2 weeks between the dates of your student visa and orientation, then book your student visa interview date.
- If no student visa dates are available, keep on checking daily, or as much frequent as possible in regular intervals. Emergency appointments or regular student visa slots will open up.
- Some schools allow late registration if you reached the U.S. after orientation and 1 or 2 days after classes had begun. Check the grad school for its policy on late enrollees.
- Read other related articles about F1 Visa tips, bank statement, student loans, etc.