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How to Get Started on the Student Visa Process

By Keshab Raj Seadie | February 28, 2016

Immigration Lawyer in NYC

visa application student process Here is information that can help you get started on the student visas process before contacting an immigration lawyer. First it’s important to note that the student visa cannot be issued until 120 days before your school start date, and you cannot travel to the United States until 30 days before your school start date. So, if there are more than 120 days to go before you start studying in the United State, you’ll have to wait. However, it’s still important to understand the process ahead of time and what student visa you’ll need.

F-1 Student Visas

The F-1 student visa is for students who will study at a university, college or other typical academic institutions. The M-1 student visa is for students who will study at a vocational or other recognized non-academic school. The cost for student visas, whether F-1 or M-1, is $160 for the application fee. In some instances, depending on the student’s nationality, there might be an additional visa issuance fee that is required.

The Application Process

The application for the student visa is handled through a U.S. Embassy or Consulate, depending on where you live. You can find that location by checking online. Whether you have an immigration lawyer, or not, here are the documents that you will need: your passport (valid for travel in the United States, and make sure the expiration date is more than six months after you will return from the United States); your Nonimmigrant Visa Application confirmation page; your photo for uploading online when filling in Form DS-160; your Form I-20 that has been sent to you by the school (showing that you are registered in the Student and Exchange Visitor System, SEVIS, and must be signed by both you and the school official).

The Interview

After the documentation above is in order, the next step is the interview, which requires an appointment, with the consular officer. If any additional information is required, you will be informed. The student visas process can seem a bit overwhelming, but getting familiar with the beginning steps can help take you in the right direction.

If you have more questions regarding student visas, the application process and application fees, give us a call today. At the Law Offices of Keshab Raj Seadie, P.C. we can provide service in over 10 different languages to help you get the information you need. Call us today or ask us a question.