To enter the United States as a student, you must apply at a US Embassy or Consulate for a student visa. You are required to make an appointment in India to apply for a visa. You can apply for a visa only after you receive the requisite I-20 or IAP-66 form from the institution you have been accepted to. The information outlined below is designed to help you understand the visa process.
Two types of visa: There are mainly two types of student visas:
F-1 (Student Visa). The F-1 visa is for full-time students enrolled in an academic or language program. F-1 students may stay in the US for the full length of their academic program plus 60 days. F-1 students must maintain a full-time course load and complete their studies by the expiration date listed on the I-20 form.
J-1 (Exchange Visitor Visa). The J-1 visa is issued for students needing practical training that is not available in their home country to complete their academic program. The training must be directly related to the academic program. The J-1 visa obligates the student to return to their home country for a minimum of two years after the end of their studies in the US before being eligible to apply for an immigrant (permanent residence) visa.
The requirements for USA Study Visa
Students are limited to 20 hours work per week while classes are in session, they may work full time during holiday periods. Work rights are intended only to supplement a student’s income and should not be viewed as the sole source of funds. Students intended to apply for student visas should have IELTS score.
Students should have 5.5 IELTS band for undergraduate and 6.5 bands for Masters. The USA offers many opportunities for international students. USA’s standard of living and education system is among the highest in the world. To study and obtain a USA qualification would be the best investment for your career.
- Fall – August / September
- Spring – January / February
- Summer – May / Jun