USA F1 Student Visa
F1 Visa is the US Student Visa for International students
wanting to study in the USA. The key to a successful application is genuine
intent to study, accurate documentation & forms.. According to U.S. visa
laws and regulations, most F1 Visa (US Student Visa) applicants must demonstrate
to the consular officer that they have strong ties to their country of
residence and must show that they intend to depart the United States after
Eligibility Requirements for F1 Visa (US Student
To apply for a USA Non Immigrant Visa - Student Category
to the USA.the following eligibility criteria should be met
- Applicants must demonstrate
that they possess sufficient funds to support themselves and their family
for the entire period of their stay.
- Applicants must not intend to
seek or undertake a job.
- Applicants should have no criminal
record and intend to strictly comply with the laws of the country.
- Original form I-20 or DS-2019
- Form I-901 (Sevis Fee Receipt)
Qualifying for a F1 Visa (US Student Visa)
The visa interview days are Monday-Friday and the majority
of successful applicants normally receive their U.S. visas within two
Advance travel planning and early visa application are important, since
visa applications are subject to a greater degree of scrutiny than in
It is very important that your passport is in good condition for a F1
Visa (US Student Visa) to be placed. U.S. visas cannot be placed in damaged
Please obtain a new passport prior to your interview if:
- The film on the biographic data
pages of your passport (i.e., page with your photo and back page with
your parents' information) is separating from the pages in your passport.
- Your passport is otherwise torn,
damaged, mutilated or has been washed or laundered.
Who can apply for a F1 Visa (US Student Visa)?
Student applicants who have been accepted and approved
for their programme to an accredited University or college or institution.
When accepted, educational institutions and program sponsors will provide
each applicant the necessary approval documentation, to be submitted when
applying for a visa.
What types of US Student visas are available?
F-1, or US Student Visa : This visa is the most common
for those who wish to engage in academic studies in the United States.
It is for people who want to study at an accredited U.S. college or university
or to study English at a university or intensive English language institute.
M-1, or US Student Visa : This visa is for those who will be engaged in
non-academic or vocational study or training at an institution in the
Dependents of F1 Visa (US Student Visa)
Spouses and/or unmarried children under the age of 21
who wish to accompany or join the principal visa holder in the United
States for the duration of his/her stay require derivative F or M visas.
Spouses and/or children who do not intend to reside in the United States
with the principal visa holder, but visit for vacations only, may be eligible
to apply for visitor (B-2) visas. Spouses and dependents may not work
in the United States on a derivative F or M visa. If seeking employment,
the appropriate work visa will be required.
SEVIS Fees for F1 Visa (US Student Visa)
The Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS)
program requires schools and exchange programs to verify the enrolment
status of all continuing and new foreign students and exchange visitors.
However the visa cannot be issued until your SEVIS fee has been paid.
The Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) acts as the bridge for
government organizations that have an interest in information about foreign
students. It is designed to help the U.S. Department of Homeland Security
and U.S. Department of State better monitor school and exchange programs
and F, M and J category visitors. SEVP administers the F (academic) and
M (vocational) visa categories, while the U.S. Department of State manages
the J exchange visitor program.
SEVP uses Web-based technology, the Student and Exchange Visitor Information
System (SEVIS), to track and monitor schools and programs, students, exchange
visitors and their dependents while they are legally enrolled in the U.S.
SEVP collects, maintains and uses the information to ensure that only
legitimate foreign students or exchange visitors gain entry to the United
States. The result is an easily accessible information system that provides
timely information to the U.S. Department of State, U.S. Customs and Border
Protection, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services and U. S. Immigration
and Customs Enforcement.
Applicants applying with I-20 forms processed after 1 Sept 2004 are required
to provide the SEVIS I-901 fee receipt as proof of payment. The Sevis
Fees have to be paid online. Currently the Sevis Fee is charged at USD
Required Documents for F1 Visa (US Student Visa)
Applicants applying for F1 Visa (US Student Visa) at
U.S. Consulate General, Mumbai are required to submit their application
packets to VFS Application Centers in Mumbai, Ahmedabad or Pune 3 working
days in advance of their interview date.
The applicants scheduled for F1 Visa (US Student Visa) interview at any
other post in India except Mumbai are required to report directly to the
Embassy or Consulate for their Visa Interview along with required documents.
Documents Required are of three types & you will be advised on all details
once you have signed up for our Services.
Additional Supporting Documents required at the time of interview
Principal Applicant's Documents
Spouse / Dependent Children
Application packet to be submitted to VFS
Additional Suporting Documents required at the time of interview
APPLICATION FEES FOR F1 VISA (US STUDENT VISA)
||Visa Fee in U.S. Dollars
||Student - Academic
||Students - Vocational
VFS Service Charges (For all applicants)
VFS service charge - INR 359 (including service tax of
10% and education cess of 0.30%)
HDFC Bank charges - INR 21 (including service tax of 10% and education
cess of 0.30%)
Total service charge - INR 380